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The Scale of Hope | Film and Q&A with Molly Kawahata

August 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

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mage of climbers scaling a snowy mountainside, apparently at night with text: "The Scale of Hope---Join former White House climate advisor Molly Kawahata as she prepares for an expedition in the Alaska Range while working to create a new climate narrative that centers her favorite question---What can I do to help?---with a surprising answer." Plus event details.

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350 Contra Costa is delighted to host a free screening of The Scale of Hope on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 7:00 pm PT, at the historic Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda CA 94563.

The scale of climate change can make an individual feel hopelessly small. Molly Kawahata knows this feeling well. As a former climate advisor to the Obama White House and an alpine climber with dreams of big summits, Molly has dedicated her life to taking on seemingly insurmountable challenges. But it’s her personal struggle with mental health that gives her a profound understanding of how to harness the power of the mind to create change.

The Scale of Hope follows Molly as she prepares for an expedition in the Alaska Range while working to create a new climate narrative that centers her favorite question—”What can I do to help?”—with a surprising answer. It’s a story about struggle, hope and what it will take to solve the greatest issue of our time.

Watch the trailer, then join us on the tenth to view spectacular footage on the big screen and hear Molly’s inspiring message of grit, determination, and hope. We’ll have live Q&A with Molly immediately following the film.

Orinda Theatre is a 5-10-minute walk from the Orinda BART station. There are several restaurants close to the theatre.

Join us! This is a free event—please register here to let us know you’re coming.


Who is Molly Kawahata?

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Molly Kawahata is a public speaker, climate strategist, mental health advocate, and former Climate Advisor at the Obama White House. She is the Founder of Systemic Impact Strategies, a consultancy and advisory.

Her life story, depicted in Patagonia’s film, The Scale of Hope, intimately explores her pursuit of climbing steep ice faces in Alaska, her personal struggle with mental health, and her work to transform societal narratives by infusing them with hope and empowerment.

The film has resonated with audiences worldwide, amassing over one million views and earning a place in the permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art. It is now streaming on all Delta flights through Delta’s InFlight Entertainment.

Molly has been asked to speak at institutions such as Google, Nike, Harvard, the U.S. Congress, global IMAX audiences, and the Kennedy Center presidential monument. She is an Advisory Board Member to the Environmental Voter Project and an Advisory Council Member to the AAPI Victory Fund. Outside of work, you can find Molly ice climbing in her local mountains.


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August 10, 2023
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4 Orinda Theatre Square
Orinda, CA 94563
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