The Scale of Hope | Climate, Climbing, and Systemic Change

Former White House climate advisor Molly Kawahata reflects on her time in the Obama Administration, her personal struggle with mental health, and her love of alpine climbing to create a positive vision of how we can respond to the climate crisis.

This story is part of Patagonia’s Working Knowledge, a new series of stories grounded in wild places and activism from around the world and close to home. Hear from a wide variety of people and perspectives, for we all have much to teach and much to learn.

Directed by Josh “Bones” Murphy

Produced by Laura Wagner, Josh “Bones” Murphy Executive Producers Monika McClure, Alex Lowther, Justin Roth, Kristo Torgersen

Written by Collin Kriner & Josh “Bones” Murphy

Director of Photography August Thurmer, Mikey Schaefer

Edited by Collin Kriner

Original Music by William Ryan Fritch

Featuring Molly Kawahata, Kitty Calhoun, Rachel Sarah, Rushad Nanavatty, Russell Kawahata

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