Join us for the online launch of Reconnection: Meeting to the Climate Crisis Inside Out, the latest policy report from the Mindfulness Initiative and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. The report follows extensive consultation and research amongst politicians, policymakers and experts working at the intersection of inner human capacities and climate action.
Speakers will include:
- Yoko Alender, Member of the Estonian Parliament and Chair of its Environment Committee
- Caroline Lucas MP, Member of the British Parliament and former Green Party leader
- Tom Rivett-Carnac, political lobbyist for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and an author on climate change policy
- Professor Christine Wamsler, Professor of Sustainability Science at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden
- Katie White OBE, Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF and Chair of Trustees at the Mindfulness Initiative
- Jamie Bristow, Co-Director of the Mindfulness Initiative and clerk to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness
You can already download a consultation draft of the report hereand the finished version will be available shortly before the event.
About the Report:
Climate change is a physical reality, demanding political and practical solutions. But its inner dimension, overlooked entirely by mainstream approaches, is a crisis of human relationship. This report outlines the relevance of mindfulness and compassion practices in addressing the endemic disconnection from self, others and nature at the root of the climate crisis.
We explore the cognitive and emotional foundations of conscious connection and discuss the potential for mindfulness and compassion practices to be developed into powerful enablers of reconnection, fostering both greater resilience and more appropriate responses to global sustainability crises.
Written by Jamie Bristow, Rosie Bell and Professor Christine Wamsler (LUCSUS), the report follows a research collaboration between the Mindfulness Initiative and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, including 25 in-depth interviews with national and transnational politicians and policymakers, and a large-scale consultation with leading experts working on ‘inner’ aspects of the climate crisis. We draw upon the emerging evidence base linking internal transformation to sustainability, and broader academic literature on the prosocial impact of mindfulness and compassion training.