Reconnection: Meeting the Climate Crisis Inside Out
From Anna Christiansen
Christine Wamsler Professor, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program.
Jamie Bristow, Co -Director of The Mindfulness Initiative - a policy institute about mindfulness and compassion training that grew out of a programme of mindfulness teaching for politicians in the British Parliament.
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. Over the last two years, Jamie Bristow and Professor Christine Wamsler have been researching the role of mindfulness and compassion practices in addressing the endemic disconnection from self, others and nature at the root of the climate crisis, and have authored the first public policy report on the subject. In this session they will 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. They will draw upon the emerging evidence base linking internal transformation to sustainability, and broader academic literature on the prosocial impact of mindfulness and compassion training.