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Alchemical Ecology: Rudolf Steiner and the Environmental Movement with Prof. Daniel McKanan
November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alchemical Ecology: Rudolf Steiner and the Environmental Movement with Prof. Daniel McKanan, 7:30 – 9 pm. Waldorf High School of MA Bay, Student Lounge. For nearly a century, students of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy have made significant contributions to environmental activism. They created the first certification system for organic agriculture, initiated the lawsuit that inspired Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, invented community-supported agriculture, and founded the world’s largest “green banks.” Yet many environmentalists, including participants in these Steiner-inspired initiatives, are either unfamiliar with anthroposophy or see Steiner’s worldview as incompatible with their commitments. In this presentation drawing on his forthcoming book, Harvard Divinity School professor Dan McKanan will offer an overview of Steiner’s contributions to environmentalism, and suggest some of the ways Steiner-inspired initiatives challenge all environmentalists to embrace a broader sense of ecological connection.