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Breathing with the Climate Crisis

June 2023
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    27th June 2023
  • ISBN 9781912480876
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
  • Size 4.65" x 6.6"

“No, I shall not leave this dry, barren region. Because, although I go away, the soil remains; it cannot leave. But we belong together, the soil and I, the earth and we human beings.” — Clement Vincent, southern India, speaking at the 2021 Agriculture and Youth Conference in Dornach

This book arose from conversations in 2021 at the Goetheanum (Switzerland) between more than 1,200 young people and biodynamic farmers from around the world. They asked, “What is the climate crisis, actually? Why is it happening?” Weighed down by the possibility of despair, they felt breathless. Then hope arose with the question, “How can we tell a new story and adopt a different perspective that could give us the courage to act? Find our own heartfelt question?

Breathing with the Climate Crisis offers a hopeful narrative about the climate crisis—a new, fresh perspective that can unleash the courage to act. Young people and farmers from the East, South, North, and West asked at a world biodynamic conference, “How can we find our own breath? Do we need more facts? More head? More heart? Feeling? Poetry?” They suggest that we begin with our own process of inquiry, asking ourselves the “burning questions,” to think further—with our head, heart, and hands.

Breathing with the Climate Crisis is for everyone who is concered with or has serious questions about the climate.

Color throughout.

Lin Bautze

Lin Bautze is Project Manager for the “Living Farms” program at the Goetheanum Section for Agriculture. Previously, she was Scientific Coordinator at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, where she led scientific monitoring activities for the “Strategies for Organic and Low-input-farming to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change” (SOLMACC) project, which focused on optimized nutrient management, crop rotation, reduced tillage and agroforestry in Germany, Italy, and Sweden. She was also engaged in the negotiations in Bonn, Germany, for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Global Change Management from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany, a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburgische Technische Universitat Cottbus, Germany, and studied Environmental Science at the University of Buea in Cameroon. Lin has published numerous articles and books. She is also a yoga teacher and a music therapy educator.

Ueli Hurter

Ueli Hurter has been the co-head of the Agriculture Section at the Goetheanum (with Jean-Michel Florin) since 2010 and currently sits on the executive board International Biodynamic Association. A native of Switzerland, he completed agricultural apprenticeships in Switzerland, Germany, and France. He has been involved with the Agriculture Section since 1994 and has formerly served as President of the Swiss Demeter association and as Swiss spokesman to Demeter International. Alongside his work as leader of the Section for Agriculture, he is co-manager of the enterprise Ferme de L'Aubier, a Demeter certified farm with mixed culture and an on-farm cheese dairy, bio-hotel, bio-restaurant, café-hotel, and eco-living quarters. L'Aubier is an associatively organized corporation with direct financing. Additionally, he is the co-founder of the initiative "Sowing the future.“ Hurter lives near Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and is married with three children.

Johannes Kronenberg

Johannes Kronenberg works at the Goetheanum with young people and sustainability and civil society organisations.