Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism


With Dan McKanan, Harvard Divinity School

June 7, 2018

California Institute of Integral Studies
Room 311
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, USA

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 new 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.

Hosted by the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program at CIIS