Dalai Lama, Greta Thunberg, and Scientists to Discuss Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops
By Justin Whitaker
December 22, 2020
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg will speak with leading scientists on 9 January about growing concern over climate feedback loops: human-induced changes in the environment that accelerate global warming. The discussion will be hosted by the Mind & Life Institute, drawing from the Dalai Lama’s latest book, Greta Thunberg’s activism, and a new series of educational films on climate change.
Climate feedback loops—such as the thawing of permafrost releasing more methane into the atmosphere, and melting sea ice reducing the planet’s albedo and thus causing more light and heat from the Sun to be absorbed—have come under greater scrutiny in recent years, driving increased urgency among environmental activists. The implication they point to is that simply cutting back on human-caused emissions over the coming decades will not be enough as we have triggered secondary mechanisms of climate change that will continue to drive catastrophic climate and weather patterns.