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Event: Sustainability Experts Review “Don’t Look Up”

Bring your own popcorn and a drink to this entertaining and genuine virtual panel discussion on what could be your favorite movie “Don’t Look Up” and what it got right regarding climate change. We will be showing movie clips during the discussion, so watch the film in advance - or risk seeing spoilers.

Using the Academy Award-nominated film “Don’t Look Up” as a springboard, our panel of climate experts will be discussing the many ramifications of climate change, including mental health, misinformation and science communication, industry influence and government failure, and more.

When: April 21, 5:30 p.m.
Register via Zoom.


Abhay Singh Sachal is a 20-year-old Canadian climate activist and student at the University of Toronto. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Break The Divide, a global nonprofit that connects young people to foster empathy and understanding to inspire local action. Abhay’s work and research center on the intersection of climate change, mental health, and community resilience. Abhay was recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists and featured as the 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Community Hero Award Winner.

Britt Wray is a Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health. Her research focuses on the mental health impacts of the ecological crisis. Dr. Wray has hosted several podcasts, radio & TV programs with the BBC and CBC, and is a TED speaker.

Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, M.Div. is the Chief of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF. She has been an investigator on several National Institutes of Health and foundation-funded studies of Latinx and immigrant mental health, integrated care, and access to care. Her areas of expertise are child and adolescent psychiatry, treatment and research on PTSD across the lifespan, immigrant mental health, and addressing disparities in access to care and mental health outcomes. Fortuna is a member of the Climate Change and Mental Health Task Force and helps lead the Task Force’s Clinical Care and Community Relations workgroup.

Grace Nosek is a legal scholar, youth climate justice organizer, and storyteller identifying and pushing back against the toxic narratives the fossil fuel industry has seeded deep in our public imagination and political reality by centering justice, joyful community, hope, agency, and systems change in her work and scholarship. She is a PhD Candidate in Law and the Founder of the Climate Hub at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and she holds a BA from Rice University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Laws from UBC. She has published a trilogy of hopeful climate fantasy, the Ava of the Gaia series, executive produced several short climate films, including Climate Comeback, and created Rootbound, a new project combining climate justice storytelling, people power, and get-out-the-vote work. 

Daniel Hinerfeld, an Emmy-winning filmmaker and award-winning journalist, oversees Rewrite the Future, an initiative to help Hollywood tell stories about the climate crisis. He founded NRDC’s documentary unit and created films including Sonic Sea, Acid Test, Stories from the Gulf, and Wild Things. Hinerfeld previously worked at NPR as the senior editor of the Tavis Smiley Show. At KCRW, he produced Warren Olney’s daily news discussion program, Which Way, L.A.?, and co-created the nationally syndicated political analysis show, Left, Right, and Center. Hinerfeld covered Southern California as a reporter for KQED’s statewide news program, the California Report, and reported regularly for the NPR national news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has written for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. Between public radio stints, he spent four years in Los Angeles City Hall as a senior deputy to then councilmember Mike Feuer.