Digital Agriculture and Youth Conference / 11 – 14 February 2021

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The Agriculture and Youth conference in 2021 will take place digitally and will be organised jointly by the Youth Section and the Section for Agriculture. With this digital format we want to make an exchange of views and true encounters possible, and look forward to meeting many participants from all over the world.How can we breathe in the climate crisis? How can we understand the climate crisis at an ecological, spiritual and social level? Can the earth actually still bear my footprint?

Climate change is happening – and we can see it in the most varied places. Each person can inwardly balance the existential uncertainty that this causes to a certain extent, and nature and agriculture also have certain powers of resilience. But is there not an ongoing erosion over the years, both in the inner and outer fabric?

We want to use a broader concept of climate to develop a view of the earth as a living being, examine the facts and discuss possible solutions. We want to explore the purpose of the individual in relation to an apparently hopeless situation for humankind. We want to confront the explosive social consequences with the potential of a common will to tackle the urgent tasks together.

We wish to reach an enlivening breath which allows us to say: «The earth is waiting for my footprint – I want to walk on the earth and make my contribution for our joint future.»

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The Lectures (selection)

  • From climate change to climate collapse, Hans-Ulrich Schmutz (German)
  • The living earth, Charles Eisenstein (English)
  • The earth is the substance of our destiny, Constanza Kaliks and Ueli Hurter (German)
  • Spirituality for our common earth, Clement Vincent (English)
  • In dialogue with nature, Ronja Eis and Anet Spengler (German)
  • From the individual to society – a holistic perspective on climate change, Lin Bautze and Adrian Müller (English) 

Lectures interpreted in German, French, English, Spanish, Chinese and Italian

Speakers: Ronja Eis, Germany; Petra Derkzen, Netherlands; Hans-Ulrich Schmutz, Switzerland; Charles Eisenstein, USA; Clement Vincent, India; Ueli Hurter, Switzerland; Constanza Kaliks, Switzerland / Brazil; Thea Maria Carlson, USA; Edouard Rousseau, France; Lin Bautze, Switzerland; Anet Spengler, Switzerland; Adrian Müller, Switzerland; Georg Soldner, Germany; Jean-Michel Florin, France; Marieke Vingerhoets, Netherlands

The Future Labs

We are working with a new format for the first time and look forward to the exchange of views. In parallel Future Labs you will work on current questions about the social, economic, ecological and spiritual dimensions of the climate crisis. Following input from an expert, small groups will design visions for the future and plan practical steps. Examples of questions in the Future Labs:

  • Everybody is a farmer – what is the role of agriculture?
  • How to overcome divisions between the global south and global north and constructively collaborate?
  • How can we understand the role of humanity for the evolution of the earth?
  • How can we realise economic degrowth?

The Michael Letter

The Michael letters are short concise texts by Rudolf Steiner that he wrote during the last year of his life. The chapter „From Nature to Sub-nature“ deals with a key question in the development of consciousness: how can we find a relationship to technology and materialism without becoming unfree? In three sessions that build on each other, Petra Derkzen, Jakob Bergsma and Johanna Lamprecht will approach this question through exercises, lectures and work in small groups. Participants will be invited to enter into a discussion involving the social, artistic and ecological aspects and to find how we can now develop a good relationship to ourselves and to the cosmos.

Ref: Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts Chapter „From Nature to Sub-nature“, Leading Thoughts 183-185, Complete edition 26 (GA 26) 

Regional Events (self-organised)

During the international digital conference there will be regional meetings of farms, biodynamic associations, youth sections and other partners organised throughout the world. Besides the live transmission of the conference lectures at the Goetheanum, a supporting programme of Future Labs, workshops, artistic contributions, etc. can complement the meetings.

An overview of the meetings can be viewed on the conference website, which is continuously updated:

If you are interested in organising a meeting of this kind, please contact Till Höffner