Deep Adaptation Q&As for 2020

If you come to a realisation that our civilisation is crumbling in the face of climate chaos, then it opens a vast and challenging agenda. Because it affects all aspects of life. Therefore, in our Deep Adaptation Q&As, the originator of the Deep Adaptation framework, Professor Jem Bendell, discusses insights from people who offer a variety of perspectives. In 2019, Jem discussed Deep Adaptation with Joanna Macy, Gail Bradbrook, Vanessa Andreotti and others. They were joined by participants of the Professions’ Network of the Deep Adaptation Forum, who also asked questions.

Each month in 2020, Jem will be discussing with the following people. If you want to participate to ask a question live, please join the free Professions’ Network of the Deep Adaptation Forum. A sign up link to each individual Q&A is provided at the end of each summary.

Q&A with Caroline Hickman of the Climate Psychology Alliance, discussing climate anxiety and children.

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Caroline teaches at the University of Bath & is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) Executive Committee; academic & psychotherapist. She is researching children & young people’s feelings about the climate…

Q&A with Dahr Jamail, author of ‘The End of Ice’, discussing transformative power of acceptance.

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Dahr is an award winning journalist and author who spent more than a year in Iraq reporting on the 2003 war between 2003-2013, and has reported for The Guardian, The Independent, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Truthout, Le Monde Diplomatique…

Q&A with Amisha Ghadiali from ‘The Future Is Beautiful’ podcast, discussing sources of positivity within our predicament.

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Amisha is an experienced facilitator and has a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats and workshops, that include yoga, meditation and sacred activism such as The Heart of… More.

Q&A with Sister Jayanti, European Leader of Brahma Kumaris, discussing the spiritual invitation of these times.

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Sister Jayanti is the European Director of Brahma Kumaris, their representative at the United Nations in Geneva and a spiritual leader and teacher for over 50 years. She is a pioneer advocate for the spiritual basis of caring for the earth… More.

Q&A with John Doyle of the European Commission, discussing need for a bold new policy agenda.

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John is Sustainable Development Policy Coordinator of the European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General. Currently he is working on mainstreaming Sustainable Development in the Information Society Directorate… More.

Q&A with Elsie Luna, of #FridaysForFuture, Extinction Rebellion, discussing adult solidarity with children.

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Elsie Luna is an 11 year old activist who has been a key organiser and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion Youth. She was one of the first UK strikers for Fridays For the Future and co-founded and co-coordinates… More.

Q&A with Skeena Rathor, cofounder of Extinction Rebellion, discussing political action for deep adaptation.

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Skeena ia a mum of three who lives in Stroud, where she runs the Politics Kitchen and is a co-founder of Compassionate Stroud, which birthed the ecology activist group Extinction Rebellion. She is also a Labour Councillor, a trauma release therapist, and teaches Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Garuda and Energy… More.

Q&A with Henk Barendregt, mathematical logician, discussing ways of being with the suffering of our times.

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Henk received his doctorate in Mathematical Logic in 1971, and continued studying studied Zen meditation and Vipasssana meditation until 2006. As occupant of the chair of Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science at Nijmegen… More.

Q&A with Rupert Read, Spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, discussing global climate activism on adaptation.

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Rupert is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is author of eight books on a range of subjects and specialises in Wittgenstein, philosophy of film, and ecological philosophy. Rupert formerly chaired Green… More.

Q&A with Jilani Cordelia Prescott, Sufi Elder, discussing active compassion in the climate emergency.


Jilani is a classically trained musician, a Certified Leader and Mentor of the Dances of Universal Peace International, and a teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International (a Universal Western Sufi Order). She leads retreats and workshops all over the… More.

Q&A with Sean Kelly, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, discussing a post-hope positive approach to life.

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Sean Ph.D., is professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era, co-editor of The Variety of… More.

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