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The scale of climate change can make an individual feel hopelessly small, and 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

Join The Explorers Club on Wednesday, January 11th for a live screening of the riveting exploration film “Scale of Hope”. Following the film, there will be a conversation with Director Josh Murphy.



Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer, wine, and cheese reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

This will only be an in-person screening at Explorers Club Headquarters, there will be no live stream of this event.


Josh Murphy

Josh Murphy is a director and producer of film, commercials, and branded entertainment. He began in film as a professional skier turned filmmaker and launched the UNPARALLELED series of award winning action sports films in the early 2000’s He was co-producer and second unit director of the feature film adaptation of David James Dunkin’s classic novel THE RIVER WHY (2010), produced the elevated genre film HERE ALONE (2016), which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded the Empire State Filmmakers Award, he co-produced multi-award winning, inspirational feature documentary THE PUSH (2018) about the first spinal cord injured athlete to push himself to the South Pole, was a contributor to Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s film THE INVENTOR (2019) about Elizabeth Holmes and the failure of biotech giant Theranos, and directed, produced, and co-wrote the feature documentary film ARTIFISHAL (2019) that was commissioned by Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard

More recently he directed PURPLE MOUNTAINS about legendary snowboarder turned climate activist, Jeremy Jones, as he tries to understand why, as a nation, we are so divided over issues of environment and climate policy, and just released his second Patagonia film THE SCALE OF HOPE about aspiring alpinist, climate activist, and former Obama White House Climate Team member, Molly Kawahata, as she struggles with mental illness while trying to create a new climate narrative framed around systemic change and hope. He’s co-directing a film about the global plastics epidemic with Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE, RACING EXTINCTION, THE GAME CHANGERS) which began production in 2022.

Prior to film he was trained as a natural resource scientist and fisheries biologist. His childhood idol was Jacques Cousteau and through him he discovered a love for film and the environment.

January 11,2023
January 11, 2023
Josh Murphy
Josh Murphy
The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club


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