Current Councils

First row, left to right: Bonnie Mennell (witness), Janet Echelman, Kathleen Dean Moore, Camille Seaman, Diana Chapman Walsh, Lama Willa Miller, Susi Moser. Second row, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Mary Catherine Bateson, Sarah Buie, Joanie Kleypas, Gretel Ehrlich, Beth Sawin.

First row, left to right: Bonnie Mennell (witness), Janet Echelman, Kathleen Dean Moore, Camille Seaman, Diana Chapman Walsh, Lama Willa Miller, Susi Moser / Second row: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Mary Catherine Bateson, Sarah Buie, Joanie Kleypas, Gretel Ehrlich, Beth Sawin.

NATIONAL COUNCIL launched 2014

Higgins School of Humanities, Clark University

The first Council on the Uncertain Human Future is a sustained conversation among twelve women – scholars, educators, scientists, writers and artists – with deep personal commitments and professional expertise in relationship to climate change and environmental degradation. The Council first met in three two-day sessions over the year 2014. They met again in northern New Mexico in February 2016; sessions were filmed by filmmaker Nara Garber. The resulting film, Listening for Signal is available here. The Council will hold a reunion in December 2017.

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Back row, left to right: Sarah Buie, Rachel Howell, Francoise Wemelsfelder, Wendy Wheeler, Christine Wilson, Alice Hague, Wallace Heim / Front row: Pauline Phemister, Emily Brady, Reiko Goto

EDINBURGH COUNCIL launched 2016

University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH)

A Council convened by Pauline Phemister and Wallace Heim at the University of Edinburgh includes an interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists and practitioners from around the United Kingdom. It met over the course of 2016 in three sessions, and will hold a reunion in September 2017.

Website // Member bios


Clark University Council Three:Back row, left to right: Sarah Buie, Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Jenny Isler, Srini Sitaraman, Walter Wright, Amy Richter / Front row, left to right: Amy Wynne, Amber Murrey, Deb Robertson, Rachael Shea, Dana Marie Bauer

Clark University Council Four: Front row, left to right: Walter Wright, Anne West, Ellen Foley, Pat Benjamin, Betsy Huang. Back row, left to right: Steve Levin, Steve Sagarin, Chuck Agosta, Hugh Manon, Andrea Panaritis

CLARK FACULTY COUNCILS launched 2015

Clark University, A new Earth conversation, hosted by the Higgins School of Humanities

Members of the Clark faculty and staff have participated in four UHF Councils (2015, 2016, 2017); they were facilitated by Sarah Buie, Ellen Foley, Amy Richter, Deb Robertson and Steve Leven. Several student groups were also involved in Council sessions. Council practice is foundational to the campus-wide climate initiative and curricular innovations taking place at Clark.

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Back row, left to right: Jeff Kiehl, Marika Holland, Britt Stephens, Nan Rosenbloom, Claudia Tebaldi / Front row, left to right: Isla Simpson, Joanie Kleypas, Cecile Hannay, Peter Lawrence, Joe Tribbia, Will Wieder

NCAR COUNCIL launched 2016

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

A group of NCAR climate scientists with a range of disciplinary expertise met as a Council on November 17-18, 2016. Joanie Kleypas convened the group, with Jeff Kiehl and Sarah Buie (facilitator) providing counsel.

Member bios


Front row, left to right) Frances Klatzel (co-convener), Mandira Singh Shrestha, Ramaya Thakali, Sadhana Shrestha, Tshiring Lama, Asha Basnyat (co-convener), and Sarah Buie (facilitating this session only). Back row left to right: Chhing Lamu Sherpa (co-convener), Linda Kentro (co-convener), Dibya Gurung, Tara Gurung, and Sara Subba. Missing is Anne Kaufman.

KATHMANDU COUNCIL launched 2017

Shivapuri Heights Cottages, Kathmandu Valley

The group of eleven women, including a range of environmental and human rights activists, scientists, writers and consultants, public health professionals, and an engineer, first met as a Council on June 2 and 3, 2017. The co-conveners are Asha Basnyat (Mercy Corps Nepal), Linda Kentro (USAID), Chhing Lamu Sherpa (Mountain Spirit) and Frances Klatzel (CORE International). They will hold at least two more sessions, including one in early September 2017.

Member bios


Front row, left to right: Lama Willa Miller, Hank Reisner, Liz Monson, Tamara Pride, Katia Ancona
Back row, left to right: Barbara Waldorf, Kay Cafasso, Bob Morrison, Dorothy Currier, Tamara Daly

WONDERWELL COUNCIL LAUNCHES 2017

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, Springfield NH

Members of the Natural Dharma Fellowship (NDF) began a Council on the Uncertain Human Future in October 2017; it is also described as an Eco-Sattva Council.* Council members have a wide range of personal and professional experiences related to environment and climate change. Natural Dharma Fellowship is a Tibetan Buddhist sangha or community guided by Lama Willa Miller (national UHF Council member) and Liz Monson; its retreat center, Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, is located in Springfield, New Hampshire. This Council will hold further meetings in the winter and spring of 2018, and additional Councils are anticipated to expand the practice within the larger sangha.

*The term Eco-Sattva couples eco or ecology with Boddhisattva, an enlightened being wholly dedicated to the freedom and well-being of others.


Back row, left to right: Bobbe Besold, Chrissie Orr, Bianca Sopoci-Belknap, Mary-Charlotte Domandi, Merle Lefkoff Middle row, left to right: Esha Chiocchio, Janika McFeely, Claudia Borchert, Genie Stevens. Front row, left to right: Denise Fort, Ruby Lopez, Kathryn Harris Tijerina (missing)

SANTA FE COUNCIL LAUNCHED 2017

Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, Santa Fe

The Santa Fe CUHF met for the first time in early November of 2017. Its members include educators, attorneys, civil servants, environmental activists, writers, artists and others with strong environmental commitments. The work of the Council will continue in the winter and spring of 2018.


Front row, left to right: Solomon Bennett, Noah Pott, Valentino Major, Ezra Gudeon. Back row, left to right: Paul LeVasseur (facilitator), Cora Rydingsword, Sebastian Lamond, Abigail Stearn, Daniel Papscum, Dimitri Koufis, Walter Wright (facilitator), (Laura Coe missing)

BERKSHIRE WALDORF COUNCIL LAUNCHED 2017

Berkshire Waldorf High School, Stockbridge MA

On December 15 and 16, 2017, members of the senior class (Class of 2018) at Berkshire Waldorf High School participated in a Council on the Uncertain Human Future (with a representative from the Class of 2020). This is the first UHF Council to be convened in a high school. The Council was facilitated by Walter Wright, professor emeritus at Clark University and Paul LeVasseur of SIT. The group will reconvene for two additional meetings in the winter and spring of 2018.