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  • Success in Brussels for age-appropriate media education

    Success in Brussels for age-appropriate media education

    Alliance ELIANT

     

     

     

     

    An opportunity for children in the EU

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Digital technology? Yes, but at the right time!We mentioned at the end of May that the European Parliament was going to prepare a report on the New Skills Agenda for Europe. In its preliminary draft, the European Parliament welcomed the proposal by the European Commission to develop "comprehensive national strategies for digital competencies" at the Member State level. What was missing however was an age-appropriate approach to media education. Our ELIANT Alliance partner, the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE), campaigned strongly to bring about changes to this draft. For to us, the ever earlier, and ever more pervasive use of digital media is not the right route to take.

    On the 21st June 2017 the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Culture and Education adopted their joint report on the New Skills Agenda for Europe. We are very pleased that the changes proposed by our educational experts for an age and development-appropriate approach to media education, has been fully accepted. (see detailed report).

    This is an important step forward not only for the European Waldorf School Movement but for all children in the EU. If the plenary session taking place on 14th September agrees, then ELIANT together with its partners ECSWE and IASWECE will introduce the debate on how digital skills can be introduced in a way that is appropriate to the child's age and stage of development.

    We are grateful for all your support and will keep you updated on developments.

    With warm greetings
    Michaela Glöckler
    (for the ELIANT team)

     

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    How you can help. Many thanks.

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  • Digital technology? Yes, but at the right time!

    Digital technology? Yes, but at the right time!

    Alliance ELIANT

     

     

     

     

    Digital technology? Yes, but at the right time!

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Digital technology? Yes, but at the right time!A draft proposal for a new skills agenda for Europe is currently being discussed in the European Parliament. The proposals being put forward by the European Commission in the chapter on digital skills, call for the development of "comprehensive national strategies for advancing IT skills."

    This proposal however lacks any understanding for what the child needs in terms of media education. ELIANT is therefore actively supporting our fellow alliance partner – the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education ECSWE, with their concerns! The sobering findings of the OECD study (2015) into the use of digital technology in the classroom, needs careful consideration. We believe that the ever earlier and ever more comprehensive use of digital media goes in the wrong direction. The many risks involved and the potential for addiction are not taken into account.
        
    From the perspective of Steiner Waldorf education, the basis for media education lies in developing age-appropriate ways to encourage creativity, train the will and gain proficiency in reading, writing, arithmetic and independent thinking. These are the pre-requisites for ensuring that children and young people can gradually gain access to the digital world without being harmed. ECSWE is now actively campaigning for changes to the draft proposal and is in on-going contact with key parliamentary representatives.
        
    We are therefore urgently requesting your help in gathering further signatures for our petition "no, to digitalised pre-schools – yes to constructive educational investment" by 20th May. You can view the current position here: www.openpetition.de
    Young children need special protection. Our alliance partner the International Association of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) has taken on this task.

    We will keep you informed about the next steps and would like to express our warm gratitude for all the financial support!

    With best wishes
    Michaela Glöckler
    (for the ELIANT team)

     

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    How you can help. Many thanks.

    donatesupporting member

  • Please support our petition for screen-free child care facilities!

    Please support our petition for screen-free child care facilities!

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    Please support our petition for screen-free child care facilities!

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    More than 37,000 people have already signed our petition in support of screen-free child care centres and nursery schools. We need your active support to enable us to meet our target of 100,000 by the middle of May. Please help by making this important issue as widely known as possible.

    You can sign the petition online or print off an A4 petition sheet and ask your friends and colleagues to sign the petition. The filled in sheets should be sent before 15th May to: 


    Internationale Vereinigung der Waldorfkindergärten e. V.
    
Le Quartier Hornbach 15

    D-67433 Neustadt an der Weinstraße


    Humanity and human dignity are the most valuable qualities of civilization – they need caring for and protecting!



    Many thanks

    Michaela Glöckler (for the ELIANT Team)

     

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    How you can help. Many thanks.

    donatesupporting member

  • Bees are still in danger! Taking Responsibility for Man and Nature

    Bees are still in danger! Taking Responsibility for Man and Nature

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    Towards an agriculture which has no toxic consequences for bees, human beings and nature

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Why is Glyphosate particularly lethal to bees? It is not just that it is the most widely marketed pesticide in the world – see our newsletter on climate, soil and the effects of pesticides. But because it is neutral in terms of taste and smell it is an ever present and growing danger to bee colonies. Bees are unable to distinguish it from water. Even the brood comes in contact with this soluble toxin via the feed. This reduces the bees' resistance to disease and damages their sense of orientation. The health of the entire bee colony is then seriously compromised.

    Bees have accompanied humanity for thousands of years as the drawings in the caves of Araña clearly show. They pollinate countless cultivated flowers and food plants while gathering their nectar.

    Bees are faithful to their flowers. Each individual bee visits one particular species of flower at a time. A bee will therefore fly continuously to rape or apple blossoms. It is this which makes their pollinating activity so effective – but when crops have been treated with Glyphosate it is a catastrophe. The bees settle on cornflowers in the wheat field for example and are showered with poison. Bees need water to drink and so on warm days they will take in a toxic brew of glyphosate and carry it back to their hive.

    The introduction of this full spectrum herbicide which is also the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, has led to a decline of many wild flowers (field weeds) and hence to a food shortage for bees – quite apart from the potential danger it also poses to mankind. Scientists working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) have assessed Glyphosate as being "probably carcinogenic to humans".

    ELIANT is campaigning for an agriculture which has no toxic consequences for bees, human beings and nature. We therefore support bee keepers, in particular the Aurelia Foundation in their efforts to oppose the extension of the Glyphosate licence in the European Court. This court action requires a lot of time and good lawyers.

    The European Commission has launched a questionnaire concerning modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy. Here is the link to it. By responding before 2nd May 2017 you will be able to help make European agriculture more ecological.

    With many thanks for your support!

    Best wishes
    Michaela Glöckler

     

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    How you can help. Many thanks.

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  • A campaign is needed to uphold the dignity of the child

    A campaign is needed to uphold the dignity of the child

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    Our humanity depends on healthy early years education

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Many people find it hard to believe that politicians concerned with education – not only those representing the interests of IT companies – are actively campaigning to provide every child attending pre-school day care facilities with access to an ipad. It is sadly however all too true. Little children are to be integrated within the digital world even though harm is caused not only in terms of neurological damage, but also by restricting the process of creative imitation without which neither body nor soul can develop in a healthy way.

     

    Our campaign is needed to uphold the dignity of the child.

    During the first years of life children learn three of the most important cultural human attributes, namely walking upright, learning to speak and learning to think for themselves. They form the prerequisite to be able to think and say "I am I" from a certain day on.

    We ask you therefore to please support our petition No to digitalised child care – YES to constructive investments in education and make it more widely known. The campaign runs until 15th May 2017. By then we hope to have at least 100,000 signatures. This strong backing from civil society will then enable us to launch regional education campaigns in many countries, hold press conferences and arrange panel discussions, conferences and lectures.

    ELIANT plans to hold a major event on this subject in Brussels on 28th November 2017. Such activities need your help if they are to attain the required impact. Your financial support is also warmly acknowledged for without it our activity would be severely limited.

    Human dignity and our humanity are core elements of our cultural heritage – they too need protection and a voice.

    Warm greetings on behalf of the ELIANT-Team
    Michaela Glöckler

     

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    How you can help. Many thanks.

    donatemembership

  • Fever – an Opportunity for Healing

    Fever – an Opportunity for Healing

    Allianz ELIANT

     

     

     

     

    Fever – an Opportunity for Healing

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Today, all over Europe medicines designed to combat fever – the so-called fever reducers - and especially antibiotics are being prescribed "to be on the safe side". It has long been known however that these efficient primary treatments can in the long run produce results opposite to those intended.

    The well known anthroposophical paediatrician Dr. David Martin, has brought anthroposophical medical understanding together with the latest fever research. In it he shows how fever stimulates an immune response and strengthens the body's own resistance. It has the capacity in most situations to regulate itself – with the support of traditional home treatments. Only in exceptional circumstances – when self-regulation malfunctions – is direct medical intervention necessary.

    The large amount of almost overwhelming scientific evidence now available (see below) showing that fever is vitally important for child development, should galvanise our efforts to secure our own health and that of our children.
    For that however we need a more sustainable approach to health education and a European health service that doesn't only focus on the removal of symptoms and which respects a patient's freedom of choice. Actively helping to bring this about is one of our key objectives in the field of medicine.


    Without your support however - including financial support - our hands are tied. The more people there are who support our concerns the more convincing will we become on a political level.

    Warm thanks and good wishes on behalf of the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

    PS: Videos of all the lectures and workshops from the ELIANT conference 7th November 2016 you find here.

     

    Written references about the treatment of fever:

    Martin DD. Fever: Views in Anthroposophic Medicine and their Scientific Validity. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2016 Online ahead of Print. ID 3642659, dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3642659

    Hamre HJ, Glockmann A, Schwarz R, Riley DS, Baars EW, Kiene H, et al. Antibiotic use in children with acute respiratory or ear infections: prospective observational comparison of anthroposophic and conventional treatment under routine primary care conditions. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2014;2014(Article ID 243801).

    Some international publications that contain many well known references:

    Georg Soldner, H. Michael Stellmann: Individuelle Pädiatrie. Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Stuttgart

    Michaela Glöckler, Wolfgang Goebel, Karin Michael: Kindersprechstunde - Ein medizinisch-pädagogischer Ratgeber. Verlag Urachhaus, Stuttgart 2015

     

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • NO to the digitalisation of early years provision!

    NO to the digitalisation of early years provision!

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    YES to constructive investment in education! NO to the digitalisation of early years provision! Please help us reach the goal of gathering at least 50,000 signatures by 15th May 2017.

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    With the successful staging of the anniversary event on 7th November 2016, a new phase has begun for our ELIANT alliance. We are planning a number of activities which we would like to inform you about over the coming weeks.

    Today however we are asking you to sign this petition to protect childhood – a campaign that ELIANT has played a significant part in bringing about – and disseminate it widely among your circle of acquaintances. ELIANT is also intending to launch this petition throughout Europe and arrange various events on the theme.

    Neither the health and education of future generations nor the cornerstones of our free and democratic society must ever be left at the mercy of the world's richest corporations and their economic interests! Our educational establishments and especially those offering early years provision, should remain free of the digital gadgets that exert such demonstrably negative influences on our children!

    We welcome any financial support you can give towards our campaign. But even more important is your help in getting as many people as possible to sign the petition.

    With warm thanks
    Michaela Glöckler (for the ELIANT team)

     

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • ELIANT needs your support now!

    ELIANT needs your support now!

     

     

     

     

    ELIANT needs your support now!

    Dear Friends of ELIANT

    During the 7th November ELIANT congress in Brussels it was very clear how fundamental rights and human rights can be all too easily forgotten within the day to day administration of the European Union. Freedom of choice and the ability to choose is negatively affected by this. ELIANT seeks to uphold the fundamental rights of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity and we are asking for your support:

    If 10,000 of you
    were able to donate 10 €
    each within the next few days
    we would be ready for action
    in 2017.

     

     

     


    If freedom of choice, human rights and human dignity were actively upheld, parents could freely choose their school, patients could help determine their own treatment, anthroposophical medicines would have long since been available throughout Europe and there would be no restrictions on the preparations used in biodynamic agriculture.

    We are counting on your help so that we can arrange two further events on this theme in 2017 with important decision makers.

    We thank you warmly for your donation!
With best wishes for a peaceful advent and blessed Christmas tide

    Michaela Glöckler
    for the ELIANT team

  • Successful anniversary conference for ELIANT in Brussels

    Successful anniversary conference for ELIANT in Brussels

     

     

     

     

    Successful anniversary conference for ELIANT in Brussels

    Dear Friends of ELIANT
    On 7th November ELIANT held its own conference in Brussels for the very first time.

    Conference in BrusselsWe were able to show how applied anthroposophy is a significant player in making respect for human dignity and the rights of freedom, equality and solidarity enshrined in the European constitution, a practical reality. Although the European Union has defined these fundamental rights in the Charter, the wider citizenry is largely unaware of and makes no demands on them. Situations where these rights are compromised are continually being accepted. It is therefore vitally important that civil society wakes up, looks carefully at what is going on and claims these rights.

    Sophie Beernaerts from the department for schools and pedagogy within the EU Directorate for Education and Culture, emphasised that the freedom of choice and having those choices available depends on there being well-informed citizens. She therefore sees education as the foundation for European development. Gerald Häfner pointed out how highly dependent democracy is on the democratic perceptions and attitudes of individual people and how it is unthinkable without an active civil society movement.

    Participants in the seven working groups brought clarity to the questions that need addressing in the near future. We will be taking these up as part of our on going public relations work in Brussels.

    Here are some preliminary photos from the conference. Videos and conference reports will be available on our website from the end of November. With more than 140 people attended the conference was very successful.

    The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) provided invaluable assistance in the preparing and running of this event. This incurred costs however that we have not yet been able to recover. We are therefore very grateful to you for supporting this conference and our on going work.

    With warm greetings from the ELIANT Team
    Michaela Glöckler

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

    donatesupporting member

  • Freedom of Choice Under Threat: What Can European Citizens Do?

    Freedom of Choice Under Threat: What Can European Citizens Do?

     

     

     

     

    Freedom of Choice Under Threat: What Can European Citizens Do?

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,
    On 7th November the ELIANT Alliance is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a public congress in Brussels.

    Since presenting the European Commission with more than 1 million signatures in support of ELIANT on 13th May 2011, we have been actively making the goals of the alliance more widely known. The 15 demands however (they can be found in the memorandum presented along with the signatures) are nowhere near being fulfilled. On the contrary, cultural diversity in Europe especially when it comes to the freedom and availability of choice in the fields of agriculture, medicine and education, is in greater danger than ever before.

    This will be the core theme of the congress to which you are warmly invited. Please register here. The conference will be held in English. We would be grateful for any donation you feel able make towards the costs of the conference. The current challenges and future opportunities for cultural development in Europe will be discussed in seven workshops with key representatives. Please familiarise yourselves with the themes as presented on the website and then, after the congress, communicate the published results far and wide. The more people we can inform and engage in creating a thriving future for Europe, the greater will be the chances of success in our discussions with the responsible authorities in Brussels.

    Thanking you warmly for your interest on behalf of the alliance partners


    Michaela Glöckler

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

    donatesupporting member

  • Problems and opportunities in today's educational system – a key challenge for ELIANT

    Problems and opportunities in today's educational system – a key challenge for ELIANT

     

     

     

     

    Problems and opportunities in today's educational system – a key challenge for ELIANT


    Dear friends,
    since the introduction of PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) to education in 2000, standardisation, equality of opportunity and comparability has become increasingly important. Countries are competing with one another for the best position in the league table. This places both teachers and pupils under enormous pressure.

    Fundamental criticism and new suggestions

    Educational researchers are voicing strong concern about a system of education that is permeated by previously unknown levels of inequality, the unquestioning acceptance of an expanding use of information technology and the drive to adapt teaching to the needs of the jobs market. The climate of true learning, creativity and community in the school is being increasingly displaced by the drilling of facts, fear and isolation, and the lessons a mere routine.


    During a conference organised by the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education in Luxemburg in January on the theme of diversity in assessment, Prof. Heinz-Dieter Meyer from the State University of New York called for Pestalozzi's idea of achieving 'harmony between head, heart and hands' to be taken up anew. This would enhance a pupil's concentraion capacity, overcome their sense of isolation and reduce conflict. Examinations could then be about applying what has been learnt in a reliable way. This is however precisely what is striven for in Steiner Waldorf schools. We are very pleased therefore that

    Steiner / Waldorf education is represented in the Working Group on schools set up by the European Commission in February 2016!

    In January the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE), one of our founding organisations, successfully applied to join the European Commission's working group on schools and will be actively engaged with it in an advisory capacity until 2018.

    ELIANT is strongly supporting these efforts and would like to demonstrate the solid support for child focused schooling within civil society. Please support our work with your donations. 


    With gratitude and warm greetings
    
Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Organic seed must remain common property

    Organic seed must remain common property

     

     

     

     

    Organic seed must remain common property


    From the beginnings of agriculture some 10,000 years ago until about 100 years ago seed was part of our commons. With conventional seed production methods this is no longer the case, its social foundation has been destroyed.

    This makes it even more important to ensure that organic seed remains common property.

    Conventional seed production is an industry dominated by a few large concerns that focus almost exclusively on marketing hybrid and genetically modified seed. This seed is bred in such a way that the farmer cannot save his own seed and must purchase it anew each year. To achieve the promised high yields its cultivation requires the input of artificial fertilizers and pesticides to protect it from weeds and pests.

    This however brings with it disastrous consequences for soil fertility. But the companies that own and increasingly monopolise the seed market promise high yields – and a good return for shareholders. 

    Organic seed must not be allowed to suffer the same fate. It can only be prevented however if alongside committed farmers, we consumers also get involved!

    It is the intention of ELIANT and its members to address these important issues in Brussels. This is why Demeter International organised another workshop discussion on seeds to which representatives of the European Commission and the parliament were invited as well as representatives from organic seed initiatives.  Please help us to continue with these efforts!

    As consumers we can make a significant contribution towards maintaining the health of our soil and our food through our buying habits and the way we engage with civil society. 

    Thank you for all your support

    With warm greetings 
    Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Integrative medicine offers patients a real and vital choice

    Integrative medicine offers patients a real and vital choice

     

     

     

     

    Integrative medicine offers patients a real and vital choice


    Medicine is facing huge challenges throughout the world especially in relation to chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and the increase in allergies. Lasting and successful solutions can only be achieved through inter-professional dialogue and an integrated approach to medicine. Anthroposophical medicine with its focus on the whole person and its wide range of connected therapies also has a lot to contribute and is one of the many systems of integrated medicine that are being widely discussed today.  

    Despite the popularity of treatments offered by the integrative medicine approach it remains largely unrecognised by those responsible for health in the various nations. The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) in America and the Dachverband Anthroposophische Medizin in Germany (DAMiD)worked with other partners to initiate and organise an International Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health in Stuttgart in June 2016. More than 600 participants from 46 countries and from all continents came together to exchange and learn from one another.

    ELIANT played a significant role in making it a truly international and successful congress.

    We would like to warmly invite all our friends and supporters to join with us in SIGNING the statement released at the end of the conference which calls for the WHO and Governments throughout the world to help integrative medicine make a real break-through.

    We would also like to warmly encourage you to continue supporting ELIANT. We need to redouble our efforts to encourage diversity and mutual understanding especially now when Europe is so deeply traumatised by Brexit. With your help it can be done.

    With heartfelt thanks and warm greetings
    Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Greater transparency in EU Lobbying!

    Greater transparency in EU Lobbying!

     

     

     

     

    Greater transparency in EU Lobbying!


    Dear Friends,


    Transparency, including that relating to lobbying activity in Brussels, belongs 
to the democratic values and rights of citizens that are being championed by ELIANT.

    Secret lobbying undermines democracy and destroys the trust of citizens in the government and EU institutions. This sad state of affairs has been brought about by the inherent weakness of voluntary regulation and the lack of any meaningful sanctions. We don‘t even know how many lobbyists there actually are in 
Brussels, how much money they are being paid, where it comes from and what legislative programme they are seeking to influence.
     
    ELIANT is therefore following the investigations of Transparency International with considerable interest and is asking you to support Transparency International by signing the petition to stop lobbying behind closed doors: change.org/eu-lobbying
www.change.org/eu-lobbying

    Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has promised to make his Commission significantly more transparent than that of his predecessor and 
introduce a compulsory lobbying register for all the EU institutions.

    Transparency International is therefore calling on the Commission to ensure that:

    • All lobbying organisations are entered in the EU Register
    • All EU institutions participate
    • Sanctions against lobbyists that break the rules are strengthened and enforced

    We would like to encourage you to support these demands of Transparency 
International by signing the petition and encouraging others to do so as well. We would also like to express our gratitude for each donation however small, that you feel able to make towards ELIANT. This will ensure the independence and absolute transparency of our alliance and 
enable us to support our partner organisations in their campaigns for a more humane Europe.

    Warm greetings
    Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance

     

     

     


    Antibiotic resistance

    How civil society and holistic medicine can contribute

    Antibiotics are used to combat bacterial infections and inflammatory diseases. Up until now they have been most effective in controlling these diseases including the life threatening infections in hospitals. Excessive use of these medicines over the last few decades however, has meant that the strains of bacteria for which they were intended are becoming resistant to these antibiotics more quickly than it takes to develop effective new ones. It is estimated that around 25,000 people in Europe die each year from infections that can no longer be treated.

    The use of antibiotics in agriculture

    Legislators and civil society are able to act in situations where the use of antibiotics causes harm to people and animals. Yet their prophylactic use on healthy animals in agriculture presents a particular problem since they are an essential element of the intensive livestock system and also act to a certain extent as growth enhancers. But if the same antibiotics are used on animals as are used to treat people, human beings can develop resistance indirectly via the consumption of meat with the result that such antibiotics can no longer be used in the treatment of disease.

    Effective treatment with homeopathic and anthroposophic medicine

    To reduce the unnecessary medical use of antibiotics as much as possible, a different way of thinking is required of both doctors and patients. The research trials referred to below indicate – as those involved with integrated and complementary medicine experience on a daily basis – that most acute infections can be treated better and more consistently without antibiotics and hence with less danger of causing side effects. Practical aspects of this approach are explained in the books referred to below.
    With the help of external treatments and medicines of homeopathic and anthroposophic origin, the organism's self-healing capacities are supported and its immune system acquires the power to
    overcome the infection. Were this approach to become recommended practice, a significant step would
    be taken towards ensuring that the antibiotics which still remain effective continue to be available for
    those with the most serious infections.
    ELIANT along with its alliance partners in medicine and agriculture, is campaigning for the necessary re- thinking to take place within civil society and among the professionals and politicians who are
    responsible.

    We thank you warmly for all your support and hope that especially in this field, we can make progress in 2016.

    With best wishes for the New Year

    Michaela Glöckler



    Ilene Claudius, Larry J. Baraff: Pediatric emergencies associated with fever. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 28:67-84, 2010
    Harald J. Hamre, Anja Glockmann, Reinhard Schwarz, David S. Riley, Eric W. Baars, Helmut Kiene, Gunver S. Kienle: Antibiotic Use in Children with Acute Respiratory or Ear Infections: Prospective Observational Comparison of Anthroposophic and Conventional Treatment under Routine Primary Care Conditions. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014
    Michaela Glöckler, Wolfgang Goebel, Karin Michael: A Guide to Child Health. A Holistic Approach to Raising Healthy Children, Floris Books.
    Georg Soldner, H. Michael Stellmann: Individuelle Pädiatrie. Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Stuttgart, 2011

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Integrative Medicine – the creative Medicine of the Future

    Integrative Medicine – the creative Medicine of the Future

     

     

     


    Integrative Medicine - the creative medicine of the Future

    Dear Friends,

    Between 60% and 70% of all European patients make use of natural medicines and complimentary therapies – with or without the knowledge of their doctor – alongside conventional treatments. A British study concludes that treatments involving natural medicine are far more closely aligned to what patients expect from an effective treatment. They are looking for a combined conventional and complementary approach to treatment and are keen to engage actively in the therapeutic process. They would also like to discuss the combined approach to conventional medicine, with their doctor  (Little CV, The School of Health & Social Care, 2009). This way of working is known as „Integrative“.

    The limits of modern medicine and the new understanding of process

    The western health care system and its approach to medicine is clearly necessary and valid as far as an efficient diagnosis and the treatment of symptoms is concerned – that is when something acute can be treated directly. The underlying biomedical model however does not permit a
    genuine understanding of the physical, psychological and spiritual processes that cause a person to become seriously ill. Nor does the process of healing have the necessary orientation. The ability to understand the context of an illness is also missing. One's own experience of working with health and illness and the values connected with it are rarely taken into consideration when developing a therapeutic process. Informing patients of their options and actively involving them in their own healing process needs to become the prime focus of medicine and healthcare.

    The future is about co-creative medicine

    A large number of patients are looking for a holistic, integrated and person centred approach. They can feel how this helps them cope better with their situation. It is about healing and not just treatment. Added to this, the current world situation and the growing threat of radicalism demonstrates the negative impact on society of being unable to integrate. A way of thinking that results in exclusion rather than integration will inevitably lead to problems – especially in the social sphere where everything depends on having mutual respect and being able to relate with one another. It is important for the individual to have a positive experience of life – also with regard to illness.
    In 2013 the World Health Organisation (WHO) proposed a strategy for integrating traditional methods of medicine  (WHO traditional medicine strategy: 2014-2023). A way will need to be found for including traditional, non-conventional and complementary treatments within a future human centred approach to medicine.
    This requires an open minded and pragmatic approach towards both conventional and complementary medicine. Ideologically based prejudices on both sides currently make this difficult. Doctors and therapists however are responsible to their patients and not to an ideology.

    ELIANT seeks to ensure that doctors do not dismiss anything that might benefit patients – never mind how subjective it may seem! Patients seeking a co-creative approach to medicine need to campaign for the integration of the various methods. Without a strong commitment from civil society this new approach and way of thinking will not take hold.

    Anthroposophical medicine has been consistently working in this direction since 1921. All of its practitioners have been conventionally trained and are committed to the holistic approach and methods of treatment used in integrated medicine.

    Please help us to represent the interests of patients vigorously. By passing on our newsletter to friends and colleagues you will enhance our political influence. We are also extremely grateful for any support you can give towards our work through a donation – just a few Euros will help us to cover administrative costs.


    We wish you a lightful time of advent and send our warm greetings

    Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Land for agriculture – an immensely valuable yet ever reducing commodity

    Land for agriculture – an immensely valuable yet ever reducing commodity

     

     

     


    Land for agriculture – an immensely valuable yet ever reducing commodity

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The amount of agriculturally farmed land is declining not only across the world but also within
    Europe. Road building and the use of land for housing and industrial development is a major
    reason but even more significant is the increasing loss of soil through erosion. This is caused by inappropriate cultivation methods, the long term use of powerful weed killers and of course
    today's changing climate. Over against this is the growing demand for food from the world's
    expanding population.

    Practical experience and research demonstrates that biodynamic and organic agriculture can
    prevent soil erosion and furthermore that by using the biodynamic approach it is possible to
    reclaim the desert and create verdant oases such as those in Sekem. This is why it is important
    that these areas continue to be sustainably managed and that their soil's fertility is maintained.

    The availability of land declines, while demand for it increases

    When land goes on the market it is usually bought by the highest bidder. Farmers who manage
    their land in a sustainable way are not seeking the highest return but are aiming for healthy
    plants and animals and a fertile soil. This is why such farmers do not generally have the capital
    to buy the land. It is instead taken on by property developers or international investors.

    Land to produce healthy food

    In 2012 our ELIANT partners Demeter International and the International Biodynamic
    Association co-financed a research study: 'Releasing the True Value of Land'. It investigated the
    European land market as well as new forms of agricultural land ownership including the
    successful Terre de Liens initiative in France and the Regionalwert AG in Germany. In these civil
    society initiatives members of the public make the land available to farmers on favourable
    terms. Farmers are then able to focus their attention on producing healthy food and creating
    fertile soil.

    This study led to the foundation of Kulturland eG . It works in close consultation with farmers
    and farm communities to take on ownership of the land and lease it to them on a long term
    basis. Another initiative the Bio-Bodenfonds Cooperative of GLS Bank has also recently been
    launched. The Biodynamic Land Trust in England is active in a similar way as is the Association
    for Biodynamic Agriculture in Switzerland.

    What can you as members of the public do?

    Sustainably managed soils are part of our cultural heritage and are the basis for producing
    healthy food. You too can help to support these initiatives for the future by making an annual
    contribution, an interest free loan or a gift.

    We are also very grateful for any contribution you can make towards ELIANT as that will enable
    us to engage with and inform Brussels and the wider public about new social projects that aim
    to conserve the soil for sustainable production. For this we thank you most warmly!

    Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?

    TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?

     

     

     


    TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    “TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?” This was the title of the conference
    organised by ELIANT and its Alliance partner Demeter International in Brussels on
    the 15th and 16th June together with European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). Our aim
    was to initiate a constructive dialogue between civil society organisations, the TTIP
    negotiators and political decision makers. The conference outcomes were a series of
    recommendations for decision makers. The first of these recommendations (see below)
    were presented to the European Commission and political decision makers in Brussels and
    then published on 23rd June at the 'European Trade Policy Day'.

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

    The European Commission and the United States are currently negotiating this free trade
    agreement. The aim of TTIP is to make trade and investment easier between the EU and USA
    and wherever possible to harmonise their respective laws and regulations. The negotiations
    cover all the important economic sectors such as industry, health provision (including
    medicines and medical products), food and agriculture. Supporters hope this will encourage
    economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, produce more jobs and by creating the largest
    internal market in the world with over 800 million consumers, secure a competitive advantage
    in the global economy.

    The concerns of ELIANT

    Michaela Glöckler president of ELIANT, addressed the panel on 'TTIP negotiations and civil
    society concerns' and laid out ELIANT's concerns. She argued that it was in the public interest to
    include more civil society stakeholders in the TTIP negotiations. If a transparent international
    tribunal for Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) were to be established, civil society had
    an important role to play. ELIANT and its partners are advocating a fair and democratic trade
    agreement in Brussels that takes account of the true needs of citizens in Europe and the USA.
    The European values of cultural diversity, freedom of choice and the continued availability of
    choice must be upheld. They are put at risk if the TTIP negotiations take place without
    reference to them.
    Many civil society organisations are deeply worried that TTIP could undermine our democratic
    laws and rights. Most notorious in this respect are the plans for Investor-State Dispute
    Settlements (ISDS). These would give foreign corporations the right to sue the host Government
    within an unofficial international court setting and operating without transparency and behind
    closed doors.

    The other big worry concerns TTIP’s objectives in relation to regulations and standards. No one
    objects to the mutual recognition and harmonisation of standards in the car or engineering
    industries since these bring clear benefits to both producer and consumer. Where they affect
    food, nutrition and medicines however, the harmonisation of US and EU standards becomes
    problematic. Food regulations in the EU are based on the precautionary principle in complete
    contrast to those in the US. The EU is not yet willing to give up this approach. With regard to
    rules and regulations there are many other examples which judged solely from the perspective
    of easing trade, would be inadequate and even fatal.

    The recommendations of ELIANT

    The aim of the conference was to provide decision makers with a list of concrete
    recommendations for developing better and more just international trading relationships that
    can benefit both society and the environment. Here are the most important points on our list:

    • In a democratic society there is no justification for keeping such far reaching trade
      negotiations secret. Citizens and their elected representatives must be kept abreast
      of the negotiations as they proceed and be informed of their consequences.
    • Instead of giving up sovereignty over our product standards, we should aim to
      improve and protect them using good examples and advising our trading partners
      regarding best practice. A good example of this is the concept of 'from producer to
      consumer' (farm to fork).
    • Agriculture should be excluded from TTIP. Trade agreements should affirm the
      sovereign right of trading partners to decide whether the import of particular
      products should be allowed, in accordance with the precautionary principle that is
      valid in Europe. An independent scientific assessment should ascertain any risk or
      uncertainty. Further relevant socio-economic and ecological consequences
      for agriculture must also be considered when making such a decision.
    • Health services are not like other services: The fundamental principle of universal
      health provision is non-negotiable. It is therefore vital that both public and privately
      financed health provision is excluded from TTIP.
    • ISDS undermines the principle of democracy and its progress and hence
      the sovereignty of society; it also discriminates against local business. It should
      therefore not be part of TTIP.

    Dear Friends of ELIANT, we intend to continue our campaign regarding TTIP. ELIANT aims to
    keep a close eye on the negotiations and defend and protect the interests of civil society by
    engaging in a constructive dialogue with the institutions of the EU. To carry out this vital work
    we need your financial support. We will continue to keep you informed of our ongoing work
    and thank you most warmly for your interest. We are very grateful for your help and support.


    With warm greetings

    on behalf of the ELIANT Carrying group

    Dr. med. Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Climate, Soil and Effects of Herbicides

    Climate, Soil and Effects of Herbicides

     

     

     


    Climate, Soil and Effects of Herbicides

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The climate is changing. Throughout the world the number of heavy rains storms is increasing. Water
    that cannot be absorbed by the soil runs off as surface water. Small brooks become raging torrents. Agricultural land and villages are flooded and the damage and costs of reparation are huge. Most
    serious of all is the large-scale clearing of (original) forest to make way for intensive agriculture, the ecological consequences of which are rarely taken into consideration.

    How come the soil is no longer able to take up water?

    Both ancient and newly formed soils are made up of mineral substances and organic matter. The
    organic matter in the form of humus and microbial biomass can absorb and hold water. The water
    holding capacity of mineral particles and sand by contrast is small. This means that soils containing
    a lot of organic matter are able to absorb and retain water and then release it again slowly. In so
    doing they prevent erosion.
    The long-term trial DOK comparing biodynamic (D), organic (O) and conventional (K) growing systems prove scientifically that organic and biodynamic agriculture produce soils with a significantly higher level of organic matter and humus than those of conventional agriculture.
    The following pictures were taken on the DOK trial plots after heavy rain:



    The photo on the left shows a conventionally managed field - and on the right by way of comparison the biodynamic field. (Photos Thomas Alföldi, FiBL)

    Soil is the Foundation

    Healthy soils have a high organic matter content and and an unbelievably diverse range of soil micro- organisms. The greater this diversity, the more able are plant roots to access soil nutrients and provide plants with a diverse source of nourishment. The more diverse this nourishment is the healthier and
    more flavoursome do the agricultural products become. In conventional agriculture this microbial
    diversity is largely destroyed through the use of harmful herbicides and pesticides.

    Glyphosate the all round herbicide (contained in Roundup)

    The cancer agency IARC of the World Health Organisation categorises Glyphosate which is used in conventional agriculture throughout Europe, as being 'likely to cause cancer'. Its harmful effect on the environment has long been recognised.

    ELIANT and its member organisations are actively engaged in discussions about Glyphosate. They are demonstrating the importance of holistic alternatives such as for example biodynamic and organic agriculture. We thank you for the support which makes this effort possible.


    With warm greetings

    on behalf of the ELIANT Carrying group

    Dr. med. Michaela Glöckler

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • The future of Europe's culture depends on our children!

    The future of Europe's culture depends on our children!

     

     

     


    The future of Europe's culture depends on our children!

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    Our children will be forming tomorrow's society. If European cultural
    values are to continue evolving and not lose their inner content and purpose,
    we need to set an example and create value based opportunities for our children.

    How ELIANT is dedicating itself to children and a society based on values.

    On a European level ELIANT engages in conversation with the relevant Directorates-General of the European Commission to ensure that the well being of the child is taken into full account when political decisions are being taken. A network of larger organisations focussing on the needs of the child such as Eurochild, European Civil Society Platform on Life-long Learning, Alliance for Childhood and our own
    ELIANT affiliate the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE), has developed strongly
    over the last year. A significant step in this process was taken during the conference on “Growing
    Together“ where teachers and other professionals worked together with children of various ages to find
    out what children really need.
    Our prime concern is to create a link between the various Directorates-General of the European
    Commission and the Citizens Initiatives that are concerned with child well being. ELIANT seeks to build bridges between the two and so encourage the creation of a Europe inspired by ethical values.
     

    What does the UN Convention say of childrens rights?

    In Article 3.1 it states: “In all actions concerning children ... the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration“. We want to support this and help ensure that these words translate into action! Giving children the time and space to develop and make their own experiences is key to this.
     

    You can help ELIANT achieve these goals

    Conversations with the appropriate Directorates-General of the European Commission in the way
    described above are time consuming and require a lot of preparation. And this means work, time and money.
    We are grateful for any help you can give and welcome all donations however small!


    With warm greetings


    (for the ELIANT Carrying group)


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Plant Breeding and Biodiversity

    Plant Breeding and Biodiversity

     

     

     


    Plant Breeding and Biodiversity - an Urgent Concern

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    It is the small-scale and regionally focussed plant breeders who with their dedication,
    skill and modest means are maintaining the diversity of our plant varieties. With the help
    of natural plant breeding techniques they are also developing new open pollinated varieties
    suited to changing climatic conditions. The essential biodiversity of our seed stock is in this
    way being secured.

    The globally active seed corporations are focussing their efforts on the genetic modification
    and hybridisation of important food plants like maize, soya, wheat, rice etc. to produce high
    yields from very few varieties - a sure way to increase turnover and therefore profit.

    What did ELIANT achieve in 2014 for cereal and food plant diversity?

    Our January 2014 conference in Brussels achieved great results

    Along with Demeter International and a number of other organisations, ELIANT drew attention to the
    dire consequences of accepting the proposed new EU Plant Reproductive Material Law. The planned law would have drastically curtailed non-professional plant breeding and the production of seeds by
    farmers. It would have seriously threatened the diversity of plant varieties in Europe. In February, a few weeks after the conference, members of the European Parliament rejected the proposal!

    Seed festivals in towns across Europe during October 2014

    Seed festivals took place during September and October in Amsterdam, Athens, Brussels, London and in Romania. In Athens the event was accompanied by a practical workshop and seed exchange.
    Among the speakers at the two day seed festival in Brussels were Florianne Koechlin who spoke about
    the plant as a living organism - the plant is not an object - and Christof Potthof from the Gene Ethics Network who gave a moving presentation entitled "No GM plants in the Landscape and no Patenting of Plants".

    The festival in London was part of a nationwide event called "The Humble Seed". People were informed through lectures, workshops and other activities of the importance of having seeds that can be saved
    and sown again and why the continued availability of such seed is so important.

    The focus of the three day event in Romania was on the different regional crops and on local seed. The benefits and value of these plants for both the environment and the quality of food were explained.
    The seed festivals were a first step towards making plant breeders and the public aware through
    dialogue, of their right to use locally grown seed. ELIANT would like to carry on with this work in the
    coming year both in Brussels and in other cities. This important work is however only possible with your support. Many thanks for your donations.


    With warm greetings for a successful New Year.


    The ELIANT-Team


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler


    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

     

     

     


    Renewable Energy - a Question for all of us!

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    Thanks to the active involvement of many thousand European citizens, the idea of renewable energy
    is no longer met with derision but is fast gaining mainstream acceptance. This would never have
    happened without the personal engagement of a great many people. In Germany for example there is
    an interlinked network of over 700 regional energy cooperatives which have developed their own wind turbine, solar panel and biogas facilities and financed them through personal investments and bank
    loans. This means they are community owned! Members run and manage the facilities and their
    primary objective is not profit but ecological sustainability, love for the earth and care for the living environment.

    This development has been supported in Germany through the Renewable Energy Act which provides
    (in a similar way to the UK Feed-in Tariff) a guaranteed uptake of and payment for renewable electricity
    over a period of twenty years. This gave security to the investments.
    Due to the 2008 financial crisis however support for new projects and community initiatives suffered a sharp reduction as Governments re-directed their resources towards bailing out the banks. It is nowtime once again to raise awareness for this issue in every country of the world in order to counter the growing climate crisis.

    ELIANT is taking up this vitally important theme and very much hopes that you will use your networks to disseminate this newsletter as widely as possible.

    The above mentioned renewable energy projects, anthroposophical initiatives and 'green eco-projects' share a common understanding for the complex life processes of our planet. The practical outcome of
    this however is still far too limited. Supporters of these initiatives need to work actively together and all
    of us need to become more politically engaged! This will also send an important signal of hope to the younger generation.

    It is particularly important to campaign for an end to the long standing subsidies - around 600 millioneach year worldwide - that go to support fossil fuel and nuclear energy! This would save a lot of moneyand make renewables instantly more competitive. Discussions with politicians need to take place aboutthis on all levels. A recent article appearing in the New York Times offered some encouragement in this direction. Even the Rockefeller Foundation announced its intention of ending its support for fossil fueland nuclear energy.
    More regional independence and greater resilience is needed so that a modern and human centred way of life is made possible not only within alternative circles but also in the mainstream.

    ELIANT's objective is to assist in finding new ways of living that can provide a balance to our globalised,
    fast moving and technology driven world and prevent the sickness of our civilization destroying planet earth. To this end we are informing ourselves about and networking with like-minded initiatives such as those listed below.


    With warm greetings


    The ELIANT-Team


    Dr. med. Michaela Glöckler


    More information on renewable energy
    Transition Towns, an initiative by Rob Hopkins, UK

    Triodos Renewables, a fund specifically for Renewables in UK

    Written statement to Parliament: Local planning and renewable energy developments

    Proportion of renewables in gross final energy consumption in EU-27 member countries in 2012 and 2020



    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Working with money in a sustainable way

    Working with money in a sustainable way

     

     

     


    Working with money in a sustainable way to increase social justice and reduce the risk of financial collapse.

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    What is a sustainable way of working with money?

    It means in the first place using money consciously and being aware of what it is supporting. Money
    then should not only serve our own needs but also add value for other people and the environment. Through our behaviour as consumers we can create sustainable financial values that are directly
    connected to a person's concrete work.

    A few examples:

    • If you buy direct from an organic farmer at the market you are paying the farmer what he needs
      to produce his wares. The profit he makes enables him to buy seeds for the following year, carry
      out necessary improvements and provide a good education for his children. The money spent is
      thus directly linked to the work carried out, provides immediate benefit to others and
      you receive the best possible food.
    • You could - individually or as part of a group - offer a loan to a young organic farmer at the same rate of interest as you receive from your savings account. This significantly reduces his finance
      costs; he has more time to focus on development and on his family. You are providing him with
      a better quality of life while receiving the same amount of interest as you would receive from
      the bank.
    • If trustworthy, competent young people known to you want to establish a business, you could together with others, provide the necessary start up capital in the form of a loan. You will then
      know exactly where your money is being invested and be able to accompany the development
      of the business.
    • You can also form a borrowing community with others and give money to individuals and
      initiatives that you deem to be valuable and trustworthy.
    Sustainability, Money and Trust

    Businesses creating sustainable products are generally enterprises with high ethical values - as for
    example many not-for-profit businesses, social enterprises, schools and kindergartens such as Waldorf school initiatives. In supporting them we are not only investing in sustainable initiatives but also in the
    trust between people.

    Have you ever asked your bank what they do with your money and where it is invested? Depending on
    its investment criteria it is highly likely that the bank is investing your savings in the development of GM technology or in a South African goldmine with inhumane social and working conditions. That is surely
    not what you would wish for. Ethical banks have come together in the Global Alliance for Banking on
    Values  (www.gabv.org). They offer broad support for sustainable development, community and environmental projects. Triodos Bank in the Netherlands and GLS Bank in Germany are co-founders of
    this alliance and are also strong supporters of ELIANT. The key questions to be asked in relation to the
    big banks are: Do I trust the bank's commercial behaviour and can I entrust it with my money?

    The financial crises will not be overcome without help from the many individuals who consciously decide how their money is used.

    ELIANT is concerned. Europe's financial crisis is not over as is confirmed by the news from Portugal.
    Billions of taxpayer's money has again been needed to prevent the default of a large bank whose
    investors' money had been used recklessly. To illustrate the concept of one billion Euros: This amount of money in 100 Euro notes would make a tower one thousand metres high! An unimaginably huge sum.

    The financial crisis has consequences for our work and our lives. The amount of credit provided by banks
    is still too low and businesses are hard put to finance their growth. ELIANT encourages initiatives to understand why the financial crisis has occurred and supports alternative ways of financing. To heal
    society new values that serve other people and the environment need developing.

    We urge you to consider our ideas and suggestions and to support us in our efforts to realise them and make them effective across Europe. We are making contact with consumer organisations, banks,
    authorities and business representatives in order to create a network for a sustainable way of working
    with money. We are grateful to you not only for your financial support but also for pointing us towards sustainably operating businesses and support worthy initiatives.

    Thank you very much!


    With our best regards


    On behalf of the ELIANT team


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler and Susanna Küffer Heer

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Why is patient expertise so important?

    Why is patient expertise so important?

     

     

     


    Why is patient expertise so important?

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    Have you ever felt as a patient that decisions are being made over your head? And that you are disempowered? The focus on high-tech health provision, a lack of understanding for complementary medicine and patients who are uninformed can be very costly to the health service as well as
    undermining health.

    ELIANT is working to recognise patient expertise in the EU and this means challenging the tendency
    within the health service of treating patients as children.

    Why do we not have the information?

    We have entrusted the care of our health to many powerful institutions: Specialist societies,
    associations of health professionals, hospitals, health insurers, pharmaceutical companies. They all
    set rules that determine what should happen to us in the event of illness, what we need to buy and
    what level of service we should expect or pay for. Only very rarely are patients or their
    representatives asked what they think!

    Towards a new health culture in Europe

    ELIANT is working together with citizens and patients organisations to develop a new concept
    of health care in Europe:

    • The knowledge and requirements of patients should be considered when a course of therapy is planned. A lot of evidence from complementary medicine shows how this expertise can be the real source of healing.
    • Therapists, carers and doctors should also be paid for efforts aimed at enhancing the science of health and disease prevention. It is not simply a matter of diagnosing an illness and then finding the quickest means to obliterate symptoms. It means for example having enough time for essential conversations, home visits and the provision of advice that includes options for complementary treatments and other genuine alternatives to standard medicine. In this way many unnecessary and expensive tests, operations and medicines could be avoided and patients' expertise enhanced.

    Europe urgently needs a new holistic and democratically based health care system:

    • Classical and complementary medicine must work together.
    • Carefully developed internet platforms are needed to enable patients to find clear information about classical and complementary treatment possibilities.

    With your support we can achieve this objective. Many thanks!


    With our best regards


    On behalf of the ELIANT team


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler and Susanna Küffer Heer


    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Freedom of choice in medicine

    Freedom of choice in medicine

     

     

     


    Freedom of choice in medicine is only possible if that medicine is available on the market and the possibility for making a choice is guaranteed. Up until now however no suitable legal basis for this has existed!

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    Today, every fourth citizen of the EU makes use of complementary and/or anthroposophic
    medicine as an alternative or supplement to conventional medicine. In the EU however, these
    forms of medicine are not sufficiently acknowledged in either the  EU’s health most member states
    policies or its legislation, nor indeed in the laws of most member states.

    Please help us establish a legal footing for complementary and anthroposophic healthcare!

    Get active in the European elections. Contact the EU candidates in your electoral district and share with them the EUROCAM Manifesto, which expresses our objectives. Together we can ensure that future members of the European Parliament are committed to addressing the concerns of complementary
    medicine in the EU!

    Complementary and anthroposophic medicine is effective, appropriate and represents value for money

    Anyone who has personally experienced these forms of medicine knows how indispensible they are. Their continued existence however can only be secured if their availability is enshrined by law throughout the EU. The European Parliament representing the citizens of Europe, is responsible for doing this.

    That’s why we are asking you to contact the candidates standing for election to the European Parliament in late May, to share our Manifesto with them and urge them actively to support it in Brussels.

    Complementary medicine has an extremely valuable contribution to make to the European healthcare system:

    • In the treatment of chronic illness, disease prevention, healthy ageing and in maintaining the quality of life both at home and at work
    • In lowering the cost of healthcare and making it more cost effective
    • by drastically reducing anti-microbial resistance and rendering an invaluable service to the providers of European healthcare

    ELIANT is joining other partners in Brussels to promote complementary and anthroposophic medicine.

    The IVAA (International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations) is a founding member of ELIANT, representing 31 national associations, 16 of them in EU member states. IVAA is also a member of EUROCAM, the European umbrella organisation for complementary medicine, which enables doctors, therapists, alternative practitioners and patients throughout the EU to assert their political and legal interests in Brussels.

    But we cannot reach our goal without a broad network of active support!

    Many citizens and elected representatives are not aware that complementary and anthroposophic medicine still lack an appropriate legal foundation.

    That is why as a matter of urgency we are asking you to distribute this letter as widely as you can. The more emails European Parliamentary candidates receive from their affected citizens, the clearer will our concerns be to them and thus the greater our chances of success.

    To support our goal please also use Facebook

    Thank you for your support.


    With our best regards


    On behalf of the ELIANT team


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler and Susanna Küffer Heer

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Who owns the seeds?

    Who owns the seeds?

     

     

     


    Who owns the seeds?

    Citizens, farmers and growers challenged by EU seed law.


    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    in the view of biodynamic growers and farmers, the EU’s proposed Plant Reproductive Material Law prevents seeds from being, and remaining, common property as required. However, current (legal) attitudes regard seeds as commercial goods. The latest draft of the bill offers very few development
    options for sustainable farming and agricultural biodiversity.

    Seeds are common property

    On 22 January 2014, the Brussels EU liaison office of Demeter International and ELIANT organised a conference on the EU’s new Plant Reproductive Material Law with the participation of allied partners
    IFOAM EU, ARCHE NOAH, ECO-PB, Kultur-Saat, Network Economy Group, Saat-Gut e.V., Réseau
    Semences Paysannes, Peliti and Bread for the World.

    Below are some key points from this conference:

    • Seeds are a public good.
    • The EU’s proposed seed law must be publicly discussed and at sufficient
      length. Internal discussions between the European Commission, the
      European Parliament and the European Council do not suffice.
    • Reproducible seeds, meaning varieties that farmers can propagate
      themselves – as opposed to today’s conventional hybrid varieties – require
      fair market access.
    • The legislation must therefore be adapted to the specific requirements for
      organic varieties, so that heirloom seed savers and amateur growers on
      organic farms are also able to continue their work in freedom.
    • Additionally, research must be oriented towards ‘systematic breeding’ in
      which farmers and citizens can also participate, not just researchers and
      growers.

    Conference summary

    It is of the utmost importance that NGOs and private citizens actively join in the decision-making process, which requires greater public relations work. Please do your part by communicating this newsletter throughout your circle of friends and acquaintances.

    Public seed festivals are planned for October in at least seven European capitals. ELIANT will publicise the planned activities as soon as the details become clear.

    Decision by the European Parliament

    A major success came when the European Parliament rejected the draft of the EU seed law on 11 March 2014. Unfortunately the Commission has not withdrawn the bill – now the European Council must decide how to proceed. If it supports the Parliament in this matter, then the bill is off the table. If it expands the bill together with the Commission then the discussion will begin all over again. We have to prepare for that and boost our public relations work.

    Prospects

    The general nature of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is characterised by excessive dominance by and promotion of competitive attitudes, in regard to seeds in particular. We encourage European citizens to work with us towards achieving a new European agricultural model, a model based on seeds as a public good, promoting sustainable quality for agricultural products and their cultivation, as well as seed biodiversity.


    We’re counting on you!


    With our best regards


    On behalf of the ELIANT team


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler and Susanna Küffer Heer

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • More self-determination in a unified Europe

    More self-determination in a unified Europe

     

     

     


    More self-determination in a unified Europe

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    As citizens’ initiative for a culturally committed Europe, what do we wish Europe, and what do we wish ourselves, Europe's citizens?

    As citizens of this growing community of states, the European Union, we want above all: to be able to determine our own lives. For example, we want to be able to choose our food quality, we want to determine the schools we send our children to, the doctors we go to and medicine we take, all offset by the fact that we as citizens are willing to accept the responsibility for the diversity that this entails.

    It is precisely those wishes and accompanying responsibility which the citizens' initiative ELIANT aspires and for that reason it endorses a number of projects in Brussels. Additionally, ELIANT, as founding member of Democracy International, is committed to a democratic Europe where the influence of civil society can grow on both, the social and cultural level.

    The founders and core members of the ELIANT Alliance are the European umbrella organizations that represent the various initiatives of Rudolf Steiner’s applied anthroposophy: Steiner schools, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine, remedial education and socio-creative initiatives.

    These initiatives were developed by Rudolf Steiner and other contemporaries committed to achieving the social basic requirement: spiritual and cultural freedom, judicial and political equality and economic fraternity.

    Help us guarantee those cultural achievements throughout Europe. ELIANT sees itself as part of the citizen movements that take responsibility in civil society - not least for those who cannot be heard, like animals (animal protection) and plants (refusal of genetic engineering), for the health of earth and society.

    Thank you very much for your support!


    With our best regards


    On behalf of the ELIANT team


    Dr. Michaela Glöckler and Susanna Küffer Heer

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Supporting children in a holistic manner

    Supporting children in a holistic manner

     

     

     


    Supporting children in a holistic manner

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    Children will shape the future building on the values that parents, society and school have modeled for them. The Alliance ELIANT makes an important contribution with its projects and partners to raise the awareness for these issues in decision-makers and civil society. The following projects give you insights
    into the activities of our alliance:

    The Unfolding Conference took place in Brussels from October 23 - 26. It was organized by Learning
    for Well-being, Universal Education Foundation, Alliance for Childhood, Eurochild, Alliance ELIANT,
    International Association for Steiner / Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Evens Foundation.
    The ELIANT project-manager Michaela Sieh was the coordinator for this conference that reached out broadly. During this event, child rights were also discussed. As member of Eurochild, ELIANT supports
    the Child Rights Manifesto that was presented on November 20 on the occasion of Universal Children’s
    Day.

    The Child Rights Manifesto

    This manifesto, signed by 14 child rights organizations, calls on the European Parliament to use its legislative and budgetary powers in the best interest of children. What can you do? Ask your local
    Member of European Parliament to pledge to be a Child Rights Champion. Find all relevant information
    here.

    Human values and core capacities

    The main focus of this central conference in Brussels was to explore: what are the universal human
    values and how do we support our children to experience them, in relation to themselves and in their personal engagement? Respect for the integrity and dignity of the child from the beginning,
    truthfulness in encountering each other, loving interest for each other and for the environment in all
    its details. What does it mean in practice: relaxation, enriching sensory awareness, paying attention,
    and empathy – sensible listening, giving space for self-organisation and for inquiring? These capacities
    need to be understood, to be practised and to be brought to expression, also in the physical body.
    Thus, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wholeness of the individual develops and can be perceived by the child. The child imitates this in a self-directed manner, and in this way, moving into wholeness can be awakened in the child and the child can take ownership of this process.


    Allowing each child to unfold his / her unique potential

    130 professionals from research and practice, policy-makers and an amazing number of engaged
    young people took part in The Unfolding Conference. Coming from 18 different countries, they
    explored together the question how a culture can be nurtured that allows each child to unfold
    his/her unique individual and social potential. The most important outcomes of this conference are
    new initiatives and the hope for a future-oriented education of the generations who will shape the
    Europe of tomorrow. A true advent theme.


    Building a Europe for and with Children

    The main focus of our work in 2013 has been on child rights and children’s well-being. We will continue
    this work in 2014, with the new project “Growing Together – Integrative Pathways to Child Health and Well-being”. This project is supported by Damus-Donata; our main project partner is the Universal Education Foundation (UEF). ELIANT is aiming at “building a Europe for and with children”, as the
    Council of Europe has phrased it so clearly.

    At the conference “Children as Actors for Transforming Society” (CATS), ELIANT was represented by Michaela Sieh with a plenary presentation. A huge number of different international professionals and an engaged group of children and young people came together for CATS. This event was also a perfect preparation for the Brussels Unfolding Conference. Through the joint preparing for the next CATS-conference, this work is continuing on a partnership base, co-creating with young people. Everyone who is involved and interested in these issues is invited to join us for the next CATS conference, taking place from July 26 till August 2, 2014 in Caux (Switzerland). The topic is: Young advocates for change.

    During the conferences in Brussels and in Switzerland, it has been absolutely amazing to listen to the young people who presented their issues during plenary sessions. Their insights and their capacity to express their wishes and hopes have deeply impressed all conference participants.

    We wish you a lightful time of advent and send our warm greetings


    Michaela Glöckler, Ueli Hurter and Susanna Küffer Heer (Executive Committee); Michaela Sieh
    (project management)

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Dignity and freedom for people with special needs

    Dignity and freedom for people with special needs

     

     

     


    Dignity and freedom for people with special needs

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    In this newsletter we are reporting on the collaboration between ELIANT and the European
    Co-operation in Anthroposophical Curative Education and Social Therapy (ECCE)

    ECCE is committed to fully representing the interests of people with special needs within Europe
    based on anthroposophical findings. ECCE was set up in 1992 in the Netherlands by the Council
    for Curative Education and Social Therapy.

    The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which came into force
    on 3rd May 2008, underlines this matter. This change promoting the right to self-determination
    is taking place mainly for ethical reasons and requires our awareness, empathy and support if it
    is to be culturally effective.

    ELIANT supports the objectives of ECCE

    ELIANT advocates freedom of choice and the opportunity to choose for all citizens. ECCE represents approximately 30,000 European citizens with special needs. The majority is incapable of demanding
    their rights and need the help of others to do so. ELIANT is supporting this concern with one million signatures and presently 450,000 recipients of its newsletter. In the words of Goethe: “One alone
    does not help, but rather he who unites with others at the right moment.”

    How ECCE is helping

    Member organisations of ECCE offer a wide range of facilities: employment and work placements in care homes and within outpatient facilities and services, support for affected families, home help services, plus vocational education and training. There are different types of therapy beyond basic medical care and treatment which improve the quality of life for those people affected: massage, exercise therapy, eurythmy therapy, plus various forms of art therapy. For this reason, ECCE also promotes anthroposophical medicine and therapy and, as part of its work with ELIANT, collaborates closely with biodynamic agriculture organisations and the Waldorf movement. Evidence and experience shows us that not only do
    we belong to a physical world but also a spiritual one which can be used to establish a basis for necessary ethical standards necessary for everyday life.
    Further information on ECCE can be found here.

    An example of successful lobbying by the ELIANT Alliance and ECCE in Brussels:

    To draw the attention of the European Commission in Brussels to curative education and social therapy, ECCE has invited various Commissioners and Departmental Managers to its conferences, with some appearing as main speakers.

    Together with other organisations, ECCE is developing a so-called “shadow report”. This discusses the official EU report and forms part of a set process that allows non-governmental organisations to submit a “shadow report” to the UN. The report will be published in spring 2014. ECCE will give full and detailed reasons for the legal equality of people with special needs. After all, disability is a question of rights and ethics and not discretion.

    A diverse and multicultural society

    Sustainable Inclusion means an approach that will guarantee a successful and long lasting living situation for children and adults with learning disabilities. The decisive factor will be a change in the attitude of all citizens in our multi-layered, multicultural society towards respectful recognition and association with individuals with disabilities. Real inclusion means participation in an open society: children with disabilities are surrounded by people who happily are caring for them. The consequence is that they can become adults with a happy life!


    With our best regards
    Michaela Glöckler, Ueli Hurter and Susanna Küffer Heer (Executive Committee); Michaela Sieh
    (project management)

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.

  • Seeds are part of our culture

    Seeds are part of our culture

     

     

     


    Seeds are part of our culture

    Dear Friends of the ELIANT Alliance,

    Organic seeds are a key issue for the future of organic and Biodynamic agriculture.
    After all, seeds are the basis of all life, all agricultural production, and consequently
    our food supply.

    The Biodynamic movement is researching this issue, working intensively on it. ELIANT
    for its part lobbies in Brussels on a platform that aims to promote organic seeds as common
    property for everyone. Support us in our work.

    Biodynamic agriculture (Demeter) co-founded the ELIANT alliance to promote the concerns
    of Biodynamic agriculture and to ensure their full representation in Brussels. The ELIANT founders
    are responsible for the ELIANT alliance and their six- monthly meetings provide an ideal setting for
    both an intensive exchange of ideas and for planning essential activities.

    Sowing the Future

    Biodynamic agriculture (Demeter) believes in a supply of open pollinated freely tradable seeds. In the autumn, participating farmers in a number of countries invite consumers interested in joining them to sow a field as part of an initiative called ‘Sowing the Future’. The farm locations and all necessary information can be found on www.avenirsem.ch. Everyone taking part sows seeds, immersing themselves in the atmosphere of this archetypal action. Sowing seeds connects people with the earth. They can see the seeds grow over the following months. The grain, harvested in
    summer can then be baked to bread.

    Seeds are part of our culture – they belong to us all!

    Promoting a supply of open pollinated, freely tradable seeds is Demeter’s response to international corporations that are producing genetically modified crop varieties. These corporations secure seeds bred using conventional genetic engineering, as well as unlawfully obtained existing varieties, by patenting them. This makes them unavailable to the general public, particularly farmers and breeders and the profits arising from the royalties paid on patented varieties line corporation pockets.

    The current situation regarding seeds

    As a global civilization, we are experiencing dramatic developments. Within the space of two decades, a powerful seed industry has emerged – with far-reaching consequences. The ten largest seed companies account for over 70% of the market worldwide. They are severely reducing the number of crop varieties which are available and this in turn shrinks the genetic base. Laboratory based breeding techniques are used, primarily manipulating plant genetic material in the test tube. Compared with other sectors and industries, the mechanisation of agriculture has developed very rapidly and the consequences for the future are terrifying.

    What happened before genetic engineering? Where did seeds come from?

    Seeds and propagation material used to be an integral part of farming culture. Depending on which part of the world, this was still the case as recently as a few years ago in some places, in others decades or, at most, one or two centuries ago. The perception was that seeds belonged to us all, or it could be said, they did not belong to anyone. They were not a commodity – they were part of our culture.

    What can we achieve together?

    Biodynamic plant breeders have already achieved an enormous amount: a wide range of excellent varieties have been developed. This work now needs to be underpinned legally and economically in society to ensure seeds are a part of our culture, belonging to us all. This requires collaboration between breeders, farmers, processors and, most of all, consumers and citizens.

    An example of successful lobbying by the ELIANT alliance and Biodynamic agriculture in Brussels

    The EU Regulation on animal by-products, which came into force in 2002 as a result of the BSE crisis, prevented farmers from using cow horns for Biodynamic preparations. Following seven years of intensive lobbying, they were included in a specific section of this Regulation in 2009, once again giving Biodynamic preparations the necessary legal security.

    The Unfolding Conference

    The Alliance ELIANT is co-organizing an inspiring international event: “The Unfolding Conference: Nurturing a culture that allows all children to unfold their unique potential and to engage in society”. We invite you to join us in Brussels from October 23 – 26!
    www.unfolding2013.org


    With our best regards
    Michaela Glöckler, Ueli Hurter and Susanna Küffer Heer (Executive Committee); Michaela Sieh (project management)

     

    How you can help. Many thanks.