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  • How can Europe be of value to our children and grand children?

    How can Europe be of value to our children and grand children?


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    What future can we imagine for Europe? For the first time in the history of the European Union we are all invited to share our visions, wishes, expectations and hopes regarding Europe's future on a dedicated website Conference on the Future of Europe. All who participate have the chance to be heard – as do all those who send in written suggestions.

    There are clearly some key questions which affect all of us: Climate, environment, health, social justice, occupation/work, digital change, education, culture, youth opportunities, sport and much else. The EU Commission and Parliamentarians want to hear the views of citizens. ELIANT intends to engage with this process and is therefore sharing this news with all our friends.

    How can you take part?

    You can find out the conditions and how to share your vision of Europe in relation to the various subjects here.

    Why is it important to participate?

    Policy makers have recognised the need to know and take into account how citizens see the future of Europe. The conference provides an opportunity for this. The greater the participation, the clearer will it be to those responsible that there is a powerful groundswell of interest across Europe in having a say in developments.

    What is ELIANT's contribution?

    ELIANT is currently preparing a statement that we are planning to post on the conference website in September. We will also publish it on our ELIANT Website on the themes of organic agriculture and nutrition, associative economic structures, integrated medicine, age-appropriate media education, therapeutic education and social therapy as well as climate change. These you are welcome to draw on for your own contributions.

    About the conference

    The details can be found here. Summary of the most important information:
    Citizen panels: Four panels comprising 200 citizens and with at least one male and one female citizen per member state will be chosen randomly. Young people (16-25 years) will make up at least a third.
    Meetings of the citizen panels: Each group will meet three times between September 2021 and January 2022 in different locations over three successive days.


    We thank you in advance for engaging in the creation of an open, sustainable and vitally appealing Europe in accord the Goethe motto: "One alone does not help, but rather he who unites with others at the right time."


    With warm greetings from the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

    Donations to support our work are always welcome.

  • European Commission threatens the freedom of choice of consumers and farmers

    European Commission threatens the freedom of choice of consumers and farmers


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    On April 29, the European Commission published a study on New Genomic Techniques (NGTs). According to the outcomes of the study, "the current 2001 Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) legislation needs adaptation to scientific and technological progress". Specifically, this means that NGTs and their products would no longer be subject to prior risk assessment and authorisation. The consequence: We citizens would not know whether we are buying products manufactured with an NGT technology, since they would no longer have to be labelled as such.

    What are NGTs?

    NGTs have developed further over the last twenty years since the first GMOs appeared and now include a wide variety of different technologies including CRISPR. Their aim is the same: To modify the genome of an organism by either introducing genetic material or enacting a change to the genetic material in the cell.

    Unlike GMOs, NGTs do not necessarily introduce foreign genetic material, they can modify the genome by cutting, editing, or silencing strands of DNA from the same organism. Such techniques increase the range of possibilities and speed with which the genetic material of organisms may be modified.

    Up to now, all NGTs and their products fall within the scope of the current GMO legislation according to a Ruling of the European Court of Justice in 2018 which upholds the precautionary principle. The agricultural biotech industry however sees a huge potential in the use of NGTs in the agri-food sector and is pushing very strongly for a weakening of the regulation.

    What are the risks and threats?

    Despite the greater precision of NGTs, the risks and dangers remain. The process still involves potentially random events whose end results cannot be predicted as well as unforeseeable consequences for the repair mechanism of the cell.

    It is therefore vital that we raise our voices now by reaching out to the European Parliament and calling on the ministries of agriculture and environment to oppose any deregulation. Ensuring freedom of choice for both consumers and farmers should remain our priority for the sake of future generations. It is time the European Commission proposes a structural change of the agri-food system – for the sake of our and our children's health and for the environment.

    What are the next steps?

    In view of forthcoming discussions about a potential new policy on NGTs, the Biodynamic Federation Demeter International has already urged the European Commission and EU Member States to "take a clear stand against a deregulation of all NGTs and fully enforcing the precautionary principle of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)."

    It is still unclear how Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will position themselves on this matter. A broad section of the European People's Party (EPP) group however is voicing strong support for the potential of NGTs.

    You can help retain our options of choice and those of farmers by joining campaigns for a declaration about NGT's in your country. We are co-responsible as citizens! We can raise our voices and campaign for transparency in the declarations and to maintain the availability of choices.

    With great thanks for your commitment and warmest regards
    Michaela Glöckler

    Donations to support our work are always welcome.

  • The European Parliament calls for age-appropriate media education as part of the EU Action Plan for Digital Education 2021-2027.

    The European Parliament calls for age-appropriate media education as part of the EU Action Plan for Digital Education 2021-2027.


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    On 25th March 2021 the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to approve the report "shaping digital education policy". The report is the European Parliaments response to the EU Action Plan for Digital Education which sketches out their vision for high value, inclusive and accessible digital education in Europe for the years 2021-2027.

    This report also reflects the hard lobbying work carried out by the ELIANT alliance and its member organisations the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) and International Association of Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE). We are very pleased that many of our recommendations have been taken up. That we have been able to defend the idea of an age-appropriate approach to digital education that is so vital for sensory-motor development, is particularly gratifying. The successful completion of our petition calling for screen-free kindergarten and primary education with a grand total of 100,425 signatures, gave the necessary weight to our campaign. I would therefore like warmly to thank you for the support you have given us. You can find the press release about the successful conclusion to our petition campaign, here.

    ELIANT together with its member organisations ECSWE und IASWECE will continue to follow the process in Brussels regarding the implementation of the Action Plan and its interim review in 1924 and do everything in its power to support a form of media education that is orientated towards development and retain the option for screen-free kindergarten and primary education. This is a huge and very labour-intensive task. We will be delighted to inform you all about important steps and outcomes.

    With gratitude for having reached this first interim goal, I send warm greetings on behalf of the ELIANT team

    Michaela Glöckler

    We are always grateful for donations to support our work.

  • The Future of the Earth

    The Future of the Earth


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    During this last 'Corona year' we have been able to sense and experience how important nature is for us. Whoever had the opportunity of taking extended walks outside, working in the garden and with more time, enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the tireless movement of the ocean waves, will know how much strength and also comfort it can give. And whoever misses out on this will feel it as a particularly painful omission.

    The earth is our home and the foundation for our existence – and yet it has never been as endangered as it is in our present time. To the ecological crisis with its many economic causes and the continuing mass extinction of plants and animals, is now added the climate crisis. Because of this mankind and nature are suffering increasingly heavy rainstorms and flooding as well as larger and smaller mudslides and also harvest failure due to drought and soil erosion.

    What can we do? The earth needs help from all of us! Simply carrying on as before because we are well supplied and the countries facing starvation are far away – is not an option. More and more people experience this. And it is good that we can do something about it if we want to. There is a lot which everyone can contribute in their own field of activity. The major study by FiBl published in "Nature Communications" fibl.org describes in a detailed and impressive way how:

    • We can help maintain the fertility of the soils by purchasing organic products. This is confirmed in a study by the Boston Consulting Group.
    • In order to provide enough food for the entire population of the world the area down to arable crops should only supply human food; this means that the population of pigs and poultry must be drastically reduced and cows, sheep and goats should be exclusively fed on roughage i.e. be grass fed. As a consequence we must reduce meat consumption by at least a third. And since this is also more heathy, we should do so willingly! The daily intake of meat is partly responsible for many illnesses of our civilisation and on the other hand eating meat twice a week as part of a balanced diet benefits health.
    • The wastage of food must be avoided especially at home.

    Fundamental changes in lifestyle are required. You can find more information on our website under News and Activities.

    The unique and precious nature of the earth which makes life possible has been described by the Apollo astronauts: "When we look upon the earth from outer space we see this amazing indescribably beautiful planet, it looks like a living breathing organism. At the same time however it looks so fragile." We are currently looking for traces of life on Mars while simultaneously destroying the foundations of our own life on earth – we very much hope that this newsletter will help to change this!

    With best wishes from the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

    With warm thanks for your donations!

  • Successful conclusion to the petition and Suggestions for staying healthy

    Successful conclusion to the petition and Suggestions for staying healthy


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    On 21st January 2021 we were finally able to bring our petition campaign to a conclusion with 96,294 signatures! We would like to express our warmest thanks to everyone who made this achievement possible. Here is the press release that we put together jointly with the Alliance for Humane Education (Bündnis für humane Bildung).

    And what are we all hoping for in this second year of the Corona pandemic? Perspectives for guiding our approach to vaccination but also to the key question of how to strengthen the body's intrinsic health and immune system. Our alliance partner the International Association of Anthroposophical Doctors (IVAA) has together with the Medical Section at the Goetheanum published the helpful guidance which can be found here. But how can we renew trust in our own capacity for health and engender a new confidence and zest for life during this challenging period of the pandemic?

    It is well known that fear, loneliness, separation from loved ones – these negative feelings all weaken our immune system and our resilience. They need to find compensation through positive feelings and a realistic assessment of the actual risk of falling ill. This knowledge is particularly important for those caring for older people who have to ensure that adequate protective measures are in place so that friends and relatives can accompany and be near them while remaining safe and well.

    For a realistic assessment of risk it is helpful to look at the publicly available figures and put them into the context of one's own situation. In Germany this means accessing the figures provided by the Robert Koch Institute. They state that (as of 21st January) a total of 2,088,400 people have tested positive to Corona. In terms of a population of 83 million people this is 2.5% of the total. 20 % of those who test positive show no symptoms and are healthy, as has been demonstrated in a study carried out at Innsbruck University (tt.com). 80 % show mild symptoms and those who die from and with Covid make up 49,783 or 2.3%. According to these figures the chances of remaining healthy or of fully recovering if infected, are between 97.5% and 97.7%. There are also many reports of very old people with underlying health conditions making a complete recovery.

    These figures are uncontested and if we let them sink in for a moment – even if they vary somewhat from country to country – there are two things we can say: How good it is to know all the measures that can be taken and how to safeguard vulnerable people by wearing face masks and following prescribed guidelines. On the other hand despite all the very justified concerns, we can rest assured in the knowledge that there is a far greater chance of remaining healthy than getting ill! And do I not also need to have a certain trust in destiny in order to meet life with courage and confidence?

    Trust and confidence are positive feelings which are particularly strengthening to the immune system. They also include the joy of being in nature, engaging with art, meeting one another and having conversations. The conductor Riccardo Muti said in his address during the New Year concert in Vienna: "Health is what is most important and this includes health of the spirit. Music contributes to this. And art is one of the key elements for bringing about a better society in future".

    We would like to send you the best of wishes for the year which has just begun and we are looking forward to sharing news with you about our contribution to European development in 2021.

    Warm greetings on behalf of our alliance partners
    Michaela Glöckler

    We would like warmly to acknowledge all the Christmas donations you have made! That is what enables us to continue with our work and we hope that during the coming year you will feel able to continue providing this essential support so that we can continue fighting for the availability of choice – which is currently under severe threat. Thank you for your donation.

  • A warm plea for your support

    A warm plea for your support


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    We are nearing the end of a turbulent year. It was dominated by Covid-19 and the existential fears associated with it. The crisis however demonstrated the importance of changing the way we think about ecological, economic, medical and educational issues. Our newsletter can keep you informed about them.

    Your willingness to support us with donations for which we are extremely grateful, has made it possible to distribute the petition calling for screen-free early years and primary education and translate the guide Growing up Healthy in a World of Digital Media ISBN 978-0-95283-641-4 into eleven languages. With your help we have gained over 70,000 signatures for our petition. We hope to increase this to 100,000 by the year's end – and we warmly encourage you to help us achieve this final goal ! This will provide essential backing for our work in 2021 which will involve campaigning actively for screen-free early years and primary education within the EU Action Plan for Digital Education 2021-2027 that is about to be launched.

    Our alliance partner ECSWE, European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education intends to engage with the hearings and advisory sessions to impress the importance of an age appropriate media education. It is then a great help to be able to refer to the results of our petition along with public events.

    Further important areas of our work in the coming year will be on climate friendly agriculture and the retention of species diversity. But also of central importance is our support for efforts across Europe to retain the right to choose integrative medicine and its treatments. The Corona pandemic has shown the value of this holistic approach to illness and health and the encouraging success of our treatments. We will report further on this as soon as the experiences have been evaluated.

    We have been issuing communications on these themes via Facebook and have received good feedback – so for example. We intend to intensify our work on social media during the coming year in order to raise awareness among the younger generation for the positive cultural initiatives of ELIANT and the importance of having choices available.

    In order to achieve all this we require your urgent support. Without it we will be unable to maintain what we have achieved and develop it further. Every donation however small, encourages us and gives further stimulus to our work. For this we warmly thank you!

    With good wishes and heartfelt greetings for a blessed Christmas in these none too easy times
    on behalf of our alliance partners too

    Michaela Glöckler

    Thank you for your donations at this challenging time.

  • Sign the ELIANT petition to call for a holistic and development-oriented Digital Education Action Plan!

    Sign the ELIANT petition to call for a holistic and development-oriented Digital Education Action Plan!


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The EU's Digital Education Action Plan does not reflect the developmental needs of children. By signing the ELIANT petition for screen-free kindergartens and primary schools you support our lobbying efforts calling policy-makers at EU and national level for an age-appropriate and development-oriented implementation of the Plan.

    • On 30th September 2020 the EU's new Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 was published. Our founding member, the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) has actively participated in the public consultations informing the development of this Plan. Our shared concerns were however not reflected in the European Commission's text and we are therefore not satisfied with the text presented on 30th September this year. We therefore call on policy makers to better reflect the developmental needs of children in the plan's 7 year implementation-period.
    • What are the limitations of the plan? Our main concern is the narrow approach that exclusively focuses on "digital education" leaving little room for holistic ICT and media curricula. We question the approach to encourage digital education from an early age, without a solid evidence-base pointing towards a positive effect of digital technology on learning outcomes and student well-being. The new EU-benchmark measuring the digital competence of 8th-graders will put further pressure on governments and schools to implement an early start. We are therefore highly concerned that the plan will further increase the already worrying levels of screen-time among kindergarten and primary school children.
    • While we share the goal of digital competence development for every learner, the Action Plan's call for an early start greatly differs from the holistic and development-oriented approach to ICT-and media education promoted by Steiner and Waldorf schools in Europe. Read more in the ECSWE position paper.
    • For this reason ECSWE and ELIANT are actively following the further development and implementation of the Action Plan at EU level. Currently, we are reaching out to Members of the European Parliament suggesting changes to the Parliament's Initiative report on shaping digital education policy. Furthermore, we are seeking dialogue with other stakeholders and we are actively engaged in relevant events at EU level. Check out and register to our upcoming event with Prof Paula Bleckmann on development-oriented ICT and media curriculum that will take place on the 2nd of December at 10.00 within the LLLWeek.
    • By signing the ELIANT petition for the right to screen-free daycare institutions, kindergartens and primary schools you are helping us to support our campaign for a more holistic, development-oriented and age-appropriate approach to education for children and youngsters in Europe!

    SIGN THE PETITION HERE, if you have not already done so.

    Kindest regards,
    Michaela Glöckler

    Georg Jürgens
    Managing Director
    European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education

    Thank you for your donations at this challenging time.

  • Take comprehensive action – now!

    Take comprehensive action – now!


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Production on industrial farms has to be done ever more cheaply because consumers demand cheap food. The consequence is that farmers are forced – often against their common sense and better judgement – to treat animals and plants like machines and can no longer address their true needs. Both plants and animals however are living beings and it is increasingly self-evident that everything in life is inter connected.

    The agricultural policies of the EU are not sustainable

    With its decision last month the Council of Agriculture Ministers rejected the urgent need to reduce the use of pesticides and hence the extinction of species that has been caused by a massive decline in biodiversity. It remains wedded to the old and long outdated policy of giving its main support to industrial agriculture. It is increasingly clear that civil society needs to use its consumer power in order to ameliorate as far as possible the immense damage that such decisions continue to cause.

    The consequences of industrial agriculture

    As a result of industrial agriculture and the planting of monocultures soils are growing ever poorer in humus and becoming less able to take up and hold water when it rains. It also causes a massive decline in the biodiversity which is so necessary to maintain the health of people, plants and animals. The factory farms which have such scant regard for animal welfare, can only function thanks to antibiotic use – which on the one hand leads to poor meat quality and on the other to antibiotic resistance.

    This is what dedicated scientists say

    In their recommendations regarding biodiversity and the management of agricultural landscapes, scientists at the Leopoldina Academy of Science (the world's oldest scientific academy) emphasise that species extinction can only be halted by changing the EU subsidy regime and this means encouraging organic agriculture and implementing measures to improve biodiversity.

    What can we do?

    It is obvious that for the earth to be sustainable we cannot wait for political decisions but have to take action ourselves and change our habits for instance by choosing organic and regional products, reducing meat consumption and engaging with sustainable projects. We are then part of a worldwide movement of people who with their daily consumer behaviour, demonstrate their love for the health of our earth and its inhabitants.

    Warm greetings on behalf of the ELIANT Team
    Michaela Glöckler

    Thank you for your donations at this challenging time.

  • ELIANT's contribution to the EU Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2021-2024)

    ELIANT's contribution to the EU Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2021-2024)


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The most important criterion for determining progress in a society is the prospect it offers to its children of a healthy and successful future. Children have the right to grow up in an environment that enables each and every one of them to develop their own unique human capacities in a healthy way. Europe has the potential for offering each child a stable, integrated and free space to develop – assuming of course that children's rights become a key priority on the EU agenda.

    The continuing Corona pandemic focuses awareness on the most important aspect of every society – the health of its citizens. While the safety and welfare of older and more vulnerable citizens is the focus of attention, the consequences for children are rarely considered. They are however very strongly affected. They not only experience the worry, fear and panic of the adults but miss out on free play, nature experiences, contact with other children and often joy which is so important for them. The crisis facing children as a result of the Covid 19 crisis has been largely overlooked due to there being no political pressure group set up to protect and defend the rights and interests of all children across Europe.

    ELIANT has committed itself to help give children a strong voice in Europe and has presented the considerations briefly summarised here, to the EU Commission towards its Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2021-2024). With this EU strategy on the Rights of the Child, the aim is to strengthen and promote the EU measures for publicising and protecting children's rights.

    ELIANT is concerned at the way current policies are affecting children. Research has shown that children are least affected by Covid 19 and do not spread the disease to any significant extent. Despite this strong body of evidence, governments have not yet been able to provide a stable context for an age appropriate development and training of their capacities.

    Added to this is the fact that restrictions on the freedom of movement in many countries have been used to implement grand digitalisation schemes that enable pupils to learn online. Even though this retains a 'lifeline' between pupils and teachers, screen contact is very clearly a second best solution when compared with personal contact and direct experience. Digital learning cannot replace genuine human interaction. And, as already indicated, restrictive measures such as preventing contact between children, brings about more harm than good. The human body is not a computer and to develop in a healthy way, it needs to be in personal contact with people and in living interaction with the surrounding world.

    We would therefore like to remind you of our Petition calling for the right to choose and have available screen-free kindergartens and primary schools and to enlist your help in achieving 100,000 signatures by the end of the year. You can sign online here, if you have not yet done it or download the petition form.

    With heartfelt thanks for your support on behalf of the ELIANT Team
    Michaela Glöckler

    Your donations help us to continue with our work in Brussels, participate in meetings, contribute to consultations especially in the fields of integrative medicine, patient autonomy, education, organic agriculture and sustainable resource-conscious economics.

  • Proved for the first time – the negative influence of screen media on a child's ability to form mental images

    Proved for the first time – the negative influence of screen media on a child's ability to form mental images


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Sebastian P. Suggate and Philipp Martzog professors of school education at the University of Regensburg, have researched and been able to prove that the capacity of children to form mental images is negatively influenced by the use of screen media. The results were published in the April 2020 edition of Developmental Science, the leading journal in the field of developmental psychology/educational psychology. They demonstrated the extent to which the development of a healthy thinking capacity in children is dependent on learning through sensorimotor activity. 266 children aged between three and nine years were investigated at an interval of ten months.

    'Mental imagery' or the capacity to form mental images was significantly reduced by dependency on screen time. The researchers found that the ability to form mental images which is so fundamental to thinking, rests on two pillars – the active forming of images and a richness of sensorimotor experience. Because screen media provides them ready made, children have no need to form their own mental images. The capacity to form their own concepts is thereby repressed. There is in addition virtually no sensorimotor activity involved in sitting before a screen. These highly significant results show that the more screen time a child is subjected to the less able it is to form mental images.

    Since screen time has been massively increased as a result of the Corona pandemic and not only at home but also in the school context, we need urgently to reflect on the burden we are placing on our children – particularly during their first nine years. This is the period when the sensorimotor skills and the accompanying brain capacities are developed.

    ELIANT together with a group of parents, has produced a new Flyer. Its aim to make the much appreciated guide and its key research – as well as that referred to here – more widely known and to support the campaign for screen-free kindergartens and primary schools. We would be most grateful if as many of you as possible could circulate this flyer around social networks and also to print and pass it on to interested people.

    And one thing more, please help us to gather 100,000 signatures in support of our Petition by the end of the year. It is about retaining the options of choice in Europe. Those responsible for kindergartens and primary schools need to make a conscious decision in favour of live teaching to ensure that the healthy brain development of their children – most of whom will already have had too much screen time at home – is not endangered.

    Many thanks and warm greetings on behalf the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

    Your donations are now particularly welcome since we are currently engaging students to promote our signature campaign.

    You can sign our petition here – if you have not already done so, Thank you.

  • Corona – the burning issues

    Corona – the burning issues

    Where do we stand? What can we do?


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Never before has there been a crisis that has affected virtually everyone in one way or another. It has drawn our attention to three particular burning issues:

    • The large number of serious Covid 19 cases in regions with a high level of air pollution makes a change in our approach to the climate even more urgent.
    • The transfer of viral infections from animals to humans demands a reassessment of our relationship to animals.
    • The imposed lock-down threatens basic human rights, draws attention to weaknesses in the healthcare system and raises the spectre of a future 'medical dictatorship' complete with all its centralised surveillance structures.

    How can ELIANT contribute to the changes that are so necessary in our society? With regard to these three burning issues we hope – with your support in circulating this newsletter to your contacts – to raise awareness for biodynamic agriculture with renewed vigour. It is truly inspiring to experience the positive effect it has on climate and livestock management as well the essential behavioural changes that are made possible and put into practice on a daily basis.


    Climate change and the associated warming of the earth is caused by human activity. It threatens plant life, animals and human beings. It threatens the future of the earth. In biodynamic and organic agriculture we have the means for counteracting this process, see "The Externalised Costs of Agricultural Production".

    Animal well-being

    Our forebears tamed animals, integrated them within agriculture, domesticated and cared for them. They became in effect part of the family and both parties benefited. More recently they have come to be considered as objects, as commodities kept for the most part in intensive livestock units. Packed together in a confined space, without access to fresh air and fed on cheap and often unsuitable feed stuff, they are forced to lead an undignified animal existence. In order to prevent the animals falling ill under these conditions, they are given vast amounts of antibiotics, "Antibiotic Resistance". For these are the conditions which make it possible for the consumer to have cheap meat each day not realising that it is unhealthy and factory farming is an environmental burden.

    Citizens rights and responsibilities

    There is no question that a positive aspect of the Corona crisis is that the weak points of our society are now being clearly exposed and that there is a real incentive for politicians and civil society to move forward and make the changes that are necessary rather than returning to 'how things were' once the pandemic is over. Each one of us can make a significant contribution by informing ourselves, gaining expertise, changing habits and taking responsibility.

    The first steps can be taken immediately by prioritising the purchase of organic and regional products including meat from animals that have been cared in a way that respects their dignity – and by paying somewhat more for it and consuming somewhat less. By doing so we protect the climate, encourage responsible livestock farming and as citizens carry our share of responsibility for the earth and all its life forms.

    Many thanks for thinking about and supporting our work.
    Greetings from the ELIANT Team
    Michaela Glöckler

    Thank you too for any donation you might feel able to support us with.

    You can sign our petition here – if you have not already done so, Thank you.

  • Children are looking for and need direct contact and closeness

    Children are looking for and need direct contact and closeness


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    This period of the coronavirus presents us with huge challenges especially for working parents with small children. In order for parents to be able to work from home, small children may well have to spend short periods of time in front of the screen. This makes it even more important to ensure that this is balanced out immediately or as soon as the situation allows, with time for free play, being out in nature and having outdoor activities. Independent research has after all confirmed that screen time does not promote healthy brain development.

    What children particularly need now is the undivided attention and quality time with their parents. This strengthens the bond between parent and child and is one of the most important factors for building resilience in children. There are many other valuable suggestions in the factsheet for parents and in the video.

    Die Waldorf 100 Conference

    As has already been reported, the conference in Brussels took place in November 2019. It offered an inspiring and very diverse perspective on the future direction and significance of an education that is focused on the human being. It brought many professionals and those responsible for education together and enabled a constructive discussion to take place about the various connected issues and challenges that arise. The ongoing drive towards the digitalisation of early childhood education was addressed as being a major challenge to the healthy development of children since it threatens the development of their cognitive and creative faculties. And if coming generations are unable to develop these faculties properly we will lack the creative vision that is so necessary to bring about the positive changes that are needed in so many fields of life.

    With warm greetings for you and your children from the team in Brussels
    Michaela Glöckler

    Many thanks too for your financial support which we are also dependent on in these times.

    You can sign our petition here – if you have not already done so, Thank you.

  • The continuing availability of choice is more important than ever

    The continuing availability of choice is more important than ever


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The Corona crisis has also affected us here in Brussels. At the beginning of the year we had written to all the newly confirmed members of the European Parliament, received several encouraging responses and arranged initial meetings – but then social engagements in Brussels and throughout Europe were incapacitated.

    Added to major social problems and the climate crisis we now have to deal with the very personal threat posed to each one of us by a virus that has transferred itself from animals to humans and which understandably, has brought about a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Even if everyone contributes towards slowing down the rate of infection in order to win time to develop a vaccine and prevent the health system from being over burdened, the concern remains as to how life will continue after this immediate crisis is over. There is an apparent and scarcely imaginable need for action and not only in terms of economic and social life.

    A prophetic insight

    It has been clear to many people that all countries – and not only China – have access to the electronic means for total surveillance and will implement them if it seems necessary. One of those who helped to develop this technology in the USA was MIT Prof. Joseph Weizenbaum. In response to a question asked in an interview held during the Orwell year of 1984 about whether there would be a total surveillance state one day, he said: “Of course, that is being consistently worked towards. But when this state finally arrives, it will be more the result of people not defending their freedoms than that the computer is to blame”. He then gave the regimes of Hitler and Stalin as examples of how total surveillance can occur without computer technology and that a healthy future for humanity is dependent to a great extent on the development of morality and empathy for each other. It is therefore encouraging to see how much positive and caring activity is being generated during the corona crisis despite all the fear and anxiety that has been and continues to be engendered.

    Our ELIANT campaign for a healthy upbringing in the world of digital media which continues unabated, also serves this key objective: Helping to ensure that as many people as possible grow up to be independent thinking, empathetic and motivated!

    Tips on strengthening the immune system

    Drawing on the approach of integrative medicine – including for example anthroposophic medicine – there are in addition to the well known recommendations for preventing infection, some additional health promoting and immunity enhancing measures which can help prevent and also positively accompany the illness as it progresses. What is particularly important is the careful management of fever. Fever is a powerful natural weapon of the body to combat viral and bacterial infection. There are also effective, process-orientated integrated medicines available of for example anthroposophic or homeopathic origin, which can physiologically support the functions of breathing and the lungs. ELIANT intends to continue campaigning for the continued availability of such medical choices within the health system.

    As regards lifestyle it is important to have sufficient sleep, healthy nutrition and regular physical exercise in the fresh air.

    On a spiritual level immunity is stimulated by good thoughts and motivation that is focused on what is essential and that we are not only a physical body but also possess a spirit accessible to thinking which has an indestructible identity. On a soul level positive thoughts are helpful. These can be awakened and strengthened through prayer and meditation – for example the words given by Rudolf Steiner to support the healthy breathing process:

    May the blessed, protective radiance of God
    Suffuse my growing soul
    That she may grasp
    The powers of strength in all that is
    And commit
    To waking, full of life
    The power of love itself
    And sense the strength of God
    Upon her path through life
    And in God’s purpose
    Work with all her might

    With this in mind we send warm greetings and best wishes for your health from the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

    We would like to express warm thanks for supporting us with your donations during this difficult time.

  • The focus of our citizen's movement and the latest regarding 5G

    The focus of our citizen's movement and the latest regarding 5G


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    We are no longer alone with our worries and concerns about the consequences of early digitalisation. And yet it goes no further than warnings and discussions.

    In 2020 ELIANT with your support, intends to show those responsible that it is not merely a few concerned professionals but a large and growing movement of citizens who are determined to ensure that in a world of digital media there is a healthy way of growing up. This is not simply about limiting screen time for children but about

    • understanding that the premature and systematic acclimatising of children to the digital world, deprives them of the capacity to engage responsibly with these media later on – in other words to use digital gadgets when they are needed rather than out of habit.
    • being able – should one so wish – to resist the consumer advertising that continually creates ever more needs.
    • knowing that we are witnessing mass manipulation on a hitherto unknown scale even though many people find it cool and modern and don't recognise the new dependency that accompanies it.

    In addition to this there is 5G! Quoting the US health authority the US bio-physicist Prof. James Lin, wrote in the IEEE journal that: "... the link between mobile phone radiation and tumors in male rats is a reality and independent experts are in full agreement with this". The link between mobile phone radiation and cancer is now recognised as a burning issue. The article can be found here . And now for some good news: The small parish of Bad Wiessee has agreed on a 5G moratorium. It is to be hoped that others will do the same pending a less damaging technology coming on the market.

    HOWEVER: Despite huge protests in Austria, 129 districts including Vienna and Salzburg are being connected to the 5G network from January 2020. The mass experiment has been launched!

    We are grateful for any assistance you can give in distributing our petition and supporting our work!

    On behalf of the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

  • Save bees and biodiversity across Europe!

    Save bees and biodiversity across Europe!


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The European citizens initiative "Save bees and farmers" aims to collect a million signatures in support of the retention of species diversity and to promote an ecologically focused EU agricultural policy. ELIANT is supporting this initiative together with its partner organisations.

    You can sign here - the link in German is here - and download signature sheets as well as campaign material, free of charge.

    With a million signatures gathered in at least seven European countries we, as civil society, oblige the EU Commission to consider our demands in accordance with the EU constitutional contract. Signatures must be gathered within one year.

    The demands are:

    • 1) To reduce synthetic pesticide use incrementally by 80% in EU agriculture by 2030 and completely prohibit it by 2035 in order to protect bees and species diversity.
    • 2) To transform agriculture into a driving force for the re-establishment of biodiversity.
    • 3) To support farmers both professionally and financially in making their vital transition towards a bee friendly and ecological form of agriculture.



    A re-allocation of agricultural subsidies is needed urgently

    Nearly 40% of the entire EU budget – 300 billion Euros – goes to the large industrial farms. This means that 20 percent of all farms receive 80 percent of the subsidies. It is precisely the small, medium sized and organic farms which are mostly likely to enhance biodiversity, that are being systematically neglected.

    Within a period of ten years 4 million of these smaller farms in the EU have been forced to close, while the area and market share of the large industrial farms has correspondingly increased. This has resulted in the number of farms falling from nearly 15 million to less than 11 million. It means that across the EU we have lost 400,000 farms per year, more than 300,000 per month and more tht 1000 per day! While small and medium-sized farms in the EU have been closing down, large industrial farms have been increasing in area and market share.

    The causes of species loss and the closing of farms are, at least in part, closely connected with the current model of industrial agriculture which is shaped by the application of pesticides, pressure of global competition and the practice of monoculture.

    With many thanks for your signature!
    Michaela Glöckler

  • Appeal to support the activities of ELIANT in 2020

    Appeal to support the activities of ELIANT in 2020


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    ELIANT aims to continue strongly with its activity in Brussels during 2020. This involves forming connections with the newly elected MEPs and the newly appointed members of the Commission. We are also facing fundamental changes in many areas of life, changes which limit individual development, the democratic guarantee of freedom of choice and threaten human dignity.

    A particularly painful example of this continues to be the enforced introduction of digitalisation in Kindergartens and schools without any regard for its effects on the development of children and young people; furthermore in November the EU issued a strong recommendation for artificial intelligence to be used in schools and training courses and – apart from Malta – every EU country signed up to it even though not a single study has been undertaken to show the benefits of such a step. The rollout of the 5G network is likewise being pursued without any accompanying research into its effect on biological systems. We also want to continue campaigning on behalf of climate-friendly agriculture and the retention of species diversity as well as raise awareness for the constructive cultural contribution which anthroposophy can make on a European level.

    The financial support provided by many citizens will enable us to continue with our work. Every donation is an encouragement and provides an incentive for our work. Through your donations over the past year for example, we have contributed to European development as follows:

    • Advised the Panel on Culture and Education in the European Parliament regarding education in the digital age – and the challenges, opportunities and insights for developing EU policy.
    • Produced Short videos with tips on the use of digital gadgets by children and young people as part of our campaign for humane education.
    • Produced a Video on the task of schools in relation to digital media use. Supported the translation of the media guide into the varous EU languages.
    • Produced a Video on the importance of holistic medicine for patients Participated in events arranged by the EU Commission and European Parliament that were important to Eliant and its members.


    We thank you most warmly for your further support and wish you a good advent and blessed Christmas.

    Heartfelt greetings – also on behalf of the alliance partners
    Michaela Glöckler

  • Children and young people need protecting!

    Children and young people need protecting!


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Why not develop one's own intelligence before delegating the work to a machine? Why not first learn to understand the technology of computers and then apply it in lessons where it can really be of help?

    Our increasingly digitalised world will in future need healthy, independent thinking and self aware people – not malleable consumers who conform to the system. Home situations where discipline for whatever reason, has gone awry, make it increasingly important for schools to create opportunities to learn through real-world human interaction.

    Please help us to ensure that this choice remains available and is promoted in places where it has already vanished! Do please sign our petition and pass it on – we hope to have the first 100,000 signatures by Christmas and then continue to collect signatures throughout next year! Parents as well as teachers with responsibility for kindergartens and schools, are seeking guidance in how to handle digital gadgets and need our support – after all huge financial and human resources are driving this early introduction of digital media.

    We will only be taken seriously and be able support them if we become a genuine 'citizens movement for humane education'. This means having as many people as possible sign this petition.

    The take-up of the media guide "Growing up Healthy in a World of Digital Media: A guide for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents", ISBN-13: 978-0952836414, is very encouraging. It is currently being translated into 20 languages. English and Hungarian versions are already available.

    With warm greetings Michaela Glöckler

    We are grateful for any financial support you can offer.

  • The world's finest red wine is biodynamic

    The world's finest red wine is biodynamic


    Significantly fewer greenhouse gases from organic and biodynamic agriculture.

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The latest news from the International Biodynamic Association and Demeter International, our alliance partners who represent farmers from more than 60 countries on all continents:

    The finest red wine is biodynamic

    The International Wine Challenge 2019 is the most respected wine competition in the world. In 2019 the red wine Château l'Hospitalet 2017, produced by biodynamic and Demeter certified wine grower Gérard Bertrand, attained the status of the finest red wine in the world. Biodynamic agriculture creates products which are not only of the highest quality and flavour, but also protect the climate.

    Organic agriculture emits significantly fewer greenhouse gases

    Among the factors causing climate change is the emission of harmful greenhouse gases from agricultural soils. In the spring of 2019 a study of the greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) or laughing gas and methane (CH4) – was published in the context of the long-running (40 years) DOK Trials. The results show striking differences between the various agricultural methods:

    If gas emissions under the conventional system are taken as 100%, those from organic agriculture are 64% and from biodynamic agriculture 41%. Harmful greenhouse gas emissions are therefore significantly reduced by farming organically. Fazit: Biodynamic and organic agriculture is better for the climate.

    With warm greetings on behalf of the alliance Michaela Glöckler

    Any financial support you can give is most welcome.

  • Steiner and Waldorf Schools invite to Brussels

    Steiner and Waldorf Schools invite to Brussels


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    2019 is a special year for the Waldorf / Steiner School movement. In September 1919, the first school opened its doors in Stuttgart, Germany. Today, a 100 years later, there are over 1182 schools in more than 66 countries across the world.

    An amazing international conference in Brussels on education

    One of ELIANT's founding members, the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE), is organising an international conference on November 7th 2019 to which you are warmly invited.

    The conference reflects the growing importance of the European dimension in determining such education policies as digital competency, media literacy and quality assurance. The debate about competence-based teaching and learning is having an increasing influence on curriculum design at the national level.

    With this event, ECSWE would like to engage policy makers, academics, teachers, parents and everyone with an interest in education in a dialogue about the following questions:

    • How can education enable children to form meaningful relationships with the world?
    • What contribution can Steiner-Waldorf education make towards education policy, curriculum design, the assessment of results and the implementation of the EU's Key Competences?
    • What does education need to focus on in a society 
with instant access to vast amounts of information?

    ELIANT's Contribution

    One of the core tasks of ELIANT is to support the individual development of each child and the unfolding of its abilities. This is why ELIANT launched the petition "for the right to have screen-free day care institutions, kindergartens and primary schools" and to reach out to parents and professionals. Independent research can be found in the position paper.

    Please help us reach a significant number of signatories in support of retaining freedom of choice in education!

    With warm greetings on behalf of the Alliance partners
    Michaela Glöckler

  • ELIANT’s contribution to the aftermath of the European elections

    ELIANT’s contribution to the aftermath of the European elections


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    The European elections have shown that within the European population there is growing readiness to work constructively together. There are two obvious areas of interest:

    • increasing concern about planet earth
    • awareness that civil society plays a decisive role when it comes to addressing big global issues.

    In the United Nations "Agenda 2030", 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set out. These include safeguarding human dignity, protecting the planet, securing peace and well being for all and promoting global partnerships.

    The German Government's scientific advisory committee has drafted a commentary that is well worth reading. It states that digitalisation barely gets a mention in Agenda 2030 despite its strong influence on the implementation. It also calls for urgent consideration of the period beyond 2030 in view of the far reaching and long term effects the new technologies will have on all of us – for our private lives as well as the economic and political consequences connected with them.

    ELIANT shares this perception. In the long run there needs to be a change of culture including changes in habit and lifestyle. Via the political route and its short term focus it is hardly possible. This is where the support of civil society comes in and where ELIANT also finds itself. Those wishing to learn more are warmly invited to attend the international conference being held at the Residence Palace in Brussels from 23rd to 26th August on the theme of: Soul of Europe - Facing Europe's challenges: Balancing diversity, solidarity and unity.

    And another piece of good news: Our petition is taking off. More and more people understand why a citizen's movement for humane education is needed. Technology should serve human beings – and not the other way round. Important though digitalisation is – it should not be introduced in a way that compromises the healthy development of the child or young person.

    We are most grateful for each and every supportive signature and for the printing and displaying of our petition sheets.

    With warm summer greetings on behalf of the Alliance partners
    Michaela Glöckler

  • Screen-free childhood – WHO guidelines and the ELIANT position paper

    Screen-free childhood – WHO guidelines and the ELIANT position paper


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    This week the WHO published guidelines declaring that children under the age of one should live a completely screen-free existence.

    Throughout the world private schools are increasingly insisting on screen-free lessons and disregarding the trend towards early digitalisation. By doing so they are enabling children to develop independent thinking, social competencies and creativity. Most state schools on the other hand are being kitted out with technology which already in the play group, will force children to learn how to operate digital gadgets. What is particularly concerning is that this development is being driven rapidly forward without any conscious, let alone democratic, decision making process.

    ELIANT has therefore responded with a Position paper which maps out the consequences of premature digitalisation (short version). In this position paper you will find:

    • Links to the results of many independent scientific studies of the neurological, psychological and behavioural effects. These studies reinforce the need for a screen-free and therefore more human focused approach to education throughout Europe.
    • The key role parents play in screen-free education and the right that parents, teachers and educators should have to choose the kind of education their children need.li>

    The purpose of this position paper is to encourage constructive dialogue between the various interest groups including the state authorities so that all children can be assured optimum health and possibilities for development. The fact sheet stating ELIANT's position can be downloaded and printed. We would be delighted if you could disseminate it widely among friends, acquaintances and representatives of interest groups. The importance of our petition campaign calling for the right to a screen-free education, will then gain even wider traction – see also our current video.

    We thank everyone for their moral and financial support of this important task.

    With warm greetings on behalf of the alliance
    Michaela Glöckler

  • The externalised costs of agriculture

    The externalised costs of agriculture


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    If the true environmental cost of agricultural production were included in the price of food, what we pay for agricultural produce and especially conventional produce would be considerably higher. That is the conclusion of a recently published information by Natural Grocers.

    The true cost of food
    If the true costs of production were reflected in the prices charged, conventionally produced animal products would need to be three times more expensive (incur 196% surcharge) – organic products by comparison would only need to be twice as expensive (82% surcharge). The price of conventional dairy products would have to be doubled while that of organic dairy products would increase by only 35%. Conventional plant-based products would cost 28% more and organic only 6% more.

    The externalised costs which have not been included up to now in the prices charged
    Many of the environmental costs of producing food have to be met indirectly by taxpayers and are not included in the price. Three such externalised costs were considered in the Augsberg study – nitrogen, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. Water was not included. It demonstrated that organic products come out far better than comparable conventional products.

    The destruction of our natural eco-system
    Our modern conventional, industrialised agriculture is systematically destroying our environment and natural eco-systems. Pesticide use is causing collateral damage and killing many of our most valuable insect pollinators such as bees. By contrast, the production standards of the organic organisations like Demeter, Soil Association etc. have the potential to regenerate the soil. Conversion from conventional to organic agriculture brings back earthworms and important micro-organisms and also insects.

    ELIANT is campaigning together with its partners, for biodynamic and organic agriculture and for their tasty and healthy products.
    Your support is warmly appreciated and enables us to continue our work.

    With warm greetings on behalf of the alliance
    Michaela Glöckler

  • What has ELIANT achieved in 2018? How do we continue in 2019?

    What has ELIANT achieved in 2018? How do we continue in 2019?


    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Introducing digitalisation at the right age is essential if the new generation is to think independently and carry impulses for the future. That is why the work of ELIANT in 2018 was focused so strongly on the age-appropriate introduction of digital media.

    What have we achieved and how do we continue?

    The citizen's campaign and petition for humane education
    The petition 'no to forced digitization of the lesson' has still not gained the necessary traction despite the solid science that underpins it. To support our case we have produced videos to show the consequences of introducing digital media too soon. Further activities are planned.

    Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) Report
    The Committee for Education and Culture published recommendations for digital education in member states. Working with our partner organisation ECSWE, we proposed changes to the draft to emphasise the importance digitalisation being age-appropriate. These were broadly accepted.

    Age-appropriate Media Guide
    ELIANT was asked to write the foreword to a guide being put together by a team of outstanding researchers. It is currently available in German. ELIANT is now working to have it translated into eight further European languages. Workshop and Position Paper During the course of a workshop on this theme we acquainted ourselves with the most recent and in many ways quite shocking, research results. These form the basis of a position paper that will be circulated to responsible parties throughout the EU at the beginning of 2019.

    Continuing the education campaign in 2019
    We would like to continue our EU wide campaign and the petition for humane education throughout 2019. Due to the aggressive economic and political promotion of universal early years digitalisation in Germany and other EU countries, a far greater awareness raising effort is needed than was originally thought. All this work has only been (and continues to be) made possible with your support – and for this we would like to thank you warmly!

    To further our work in 2019 and bring about new impulses, we trust that our ELIANT friends will continue supporting us with donations.

    We wish everyone both far and near a blessed Christmas and happy New Year.

    Michaela Glöckler
    For the ELIANT Alliance

  • A successful step towards freedom of education in Europe

    A successful step towards freedom of education in Europe

    Alliance ELIANT






    Dear Friends,

    The European Parliament is engaged in an intense and controversial debate about the future of European integration and the question of individual rights in Europe. What kind of Europe do we want to pass on to our children and young people? Will it be a Europe that is open and socially responsive or one with boundary fences and nationalistic sentiment?

    Education plays a fundamental role in this! This is where ELIANT is actively engaged

    On 13th June 2018 the European parliament approved a report on modernisation of education in the EU which apart from recommending that media education should be appropriate to both age and development, it also contained requests for advancing a free and independent educational system in Europe (see ELIANT Newsletter "Digital Technology Yes – but at the Right Time").

    One of our founding ELIANT partners, the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education worked with members of the working group on improving the financial position of schools in the voluntary sector and came together (in spring) with other organisations concerned with independent education (especially OIDEL and ECNAIS) and proposed some significant changes.

    The EU report recognises the importance of freedom of choice

    The report concluded by emphasising the importance of having the freedom to choose between different approaches to education. It then explicitly recommended giving financial support to independent charitable educational institutions of all kinds and at all levels. More information here.

    This example demonstrates how important it is to have representatives from organisations concerned with applied anthroposophy in Brussels.

    We are grateful for your support for it allows us to continue with and promote our important work in Brussels.

    Warm greetings from the ELIANT team
    Michaela Glöckler

  • Human dignity - the principle cultural value

    Human dignity - the principle cultural value

    Dear friends of ELIANT,

    This first newsletter, coming after a longer break, is dedicated to an issue of central importance to ELIANT, one we have been intensely occupied with over the last months – how to raise awareness for and find partners to actively uphold and strengthen human dignity in the face of increasing threats. Two examples:

    Challenges for the educational system in the digital ageDevelopment neurologists like Prof. Hüther and economic experts such as McAfee, the director for Digital Business in MIT in Cambridge, agree that 60% to 70% of today's professions could be replaced by artificial intelligence and robots.

    In order to live a meaningful life in this new world we need creativity, social skills and a capacity for entrepreneurial thinking and action. The foundation for all of these however is found in the analogue and not in the digital world!

    Our new European-wide education campaign – in partnership with the «Bündnis für humane Bildung» - has gathered 20,000 signatures including from prominent figures such as the founding President of the University of Witten-Herdecke, Dr. Konrad Schily. Many are hesitant at joining in however. Yet it is about the human dignity of children and young people! About their right to a healthy brain development in the analogue world of time and space. We must address this paradox – to become human requires an interaction with human beings, not with machines. We need an education system that orientates itself towards the human being and not to economic interests! You can sign the petition here.

    Homeopathy should have the same recognition as allopathic medicine

    The current defamation campaign being orchestrated against homeopathy across the world is focused on the way it deviates from the prevailing scientific paradigm and takes the experience of quality and process as its starting point. Allowing for different ways of thinking about spirit and matter however is the basis of tolerance and human dignity – and is indispensable for an integrative approach to medicine that takes the creative human spirit as seriously as it does the transient body. Our ELIANT Alliance partner «Gesundheit aktiv» is preparing a campaign on this issue about which we will report more in due course.

    ELIANT sees itself as a force within civil society that gives voice to our endangered human dignity. Please lend us your support by distributing this newsletter and making a Donation.

    With warm thanks and greetings
    on behalf of the ELIANT team

    Michaela Glöckler

  • Your opinion as a citizen is requested

    Your opinion as a citizen is requested


    Would you like to have your voice heard in Europe?

    Dear friends of ELIANT,

    On May 9th, Europe Day, the European Commission launched a one year consultation open to all European citizens, on the future of the EU. It contains a comprehensive list of questions. We were however shocked to discover two major omissions that we consider absolutely essential:

    How do citizens see the future of democracy and the role of civil society in the EU?ELIANT sees both of these as being vital for a strong Europe. An active civil society movement is the backbone of a functioning democracy.

    How can you help ensure that these two points are properly considered?
    You can serve the future of Europe by responding to the consultation and entering something like the following under the first question of the consultation:

    Cultural change is driven by citizens initiatives and the political, cultural, educational, medical and agricultural goals that they set. Their concerns must be taken seriously, addressed and included by Brussels in their strategic plan for the future of Europe.

    Since the Commission and Council of Ministers have not only an executive but also a legislative function within the EU, it is particularly important for civil society to be included. The usual separation between the executive (Commission) and the legislature (Parliament) is not (yet) realised in the EU.

    What can ELIANT contribute towards Europe's future?
    Together with partners who share the same goals, the ELIANT alliance can strengthen and support projects and cultural initiatives across Europe that are value-focused and ecologically orientated. Learn more about our mission and our activities.

    Thank you and best wishes
    Michaela Glöckler (for the ELIANT-Team)

    A gift from you will help us expand our work. Along with the Germany-based Alliance for Humane Education, we are currently engaged in an EU-wide campaign to secure the right to have screen-free early years and primary school education. You can sign the petition here

  • Maintaining Soil Fertility – Vital for Future Survival

    Maintaining Soil Fertility – Vital for Future Survival


    Maintaining soil fertility – what can we as individuals do to contribute?

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Over the last 40 years nearly 33 percent of the earth's surface has been eroded and become infertile. This development appears unstoppable – the areas available for production continue to decline each year. This means that future generations will have ever less land available to meet their food requirements. It is vital for our survival that the remaining fertile soils are retained.

    Causes of soil erosion
    Intensive agriculture must continually improve its efficiency if it is to compete effectively on the market place with low prices. The plants are fed with chemical fertilizers and numerous application of pesticides are sprayed. The result is the disappearance of soil fungi and micro-organisms needed by the plant roots and for soil fertility. The soil loses its structure, water holding capacity declines and erosion occurs. Eroded soils are unable to absorb sudden heavy downpours which in turn causes flooding and mudslides. These soils are also unable to retain moisture and without adequate irrigation possibilities, crops will suffer and fail during periods of hot, dry weather.

    What can we do? The more we understand of this situation the clearer it becomes that consumers ultimately hold the whip hand – our buying choices can secure the overall sustainability of organic agriculture:
    Organic and biodynamic practices specifically enhance soil fertility, they can also regenerate soils that have eroded. All chemical fertilizers and pesticides are dispensed with and care is taken to ensure that high quality food is produced from healthy soils. Social sustainability is however also important – the prices charged should not only cover the cost of production but also the development of the farms and people working on them. Ever since it began, the ELIANT alliance has championed the promotion and further development of organic and biodynamic farming. Your donations help us to continue our work. Thank you for all your support!

    With warm greetings (on behalf of the ELIANT team)
    Michaela Glöckler


    PS Our education campaign is developing well but there is still a long way to go to reach the goal of one million signatures in one year. We are grateful for every signature and for sharing our link widely. PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR LANGUAGE ON OUR WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THE NATIONAL FLAGS.

    Photo: © winyu - fotolia.com

  • Our Freedom of Choice is in Danger! A Citizens’ Movement for "A Human Education"

    Our Freedom of Choice is in Danger! A Citizens’ Movement for "A Human Education"

    Alliance ELIANT





    Petition to education officials in the EU and their Member States.

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Many of you signed a petition last year saying no to digital day care centers and yes to positive educational innovations. This year the over 68000 signatures will be handed to the new Minister of Research and Education, Anja Karliczek.

    But, that petition alone is not enough. Europe needs a citizen's movement for a human education! The digital transformation of society is being advanced at a rapid pace by business and political interests. While older adolescents and adults see technology as a challenge which they need to take on, for early childhood and elementary school children it constitutes a risk to their healthy development. Therefore, the "Alliance for Human Education" (www.aufwach-s-en.de) and ELIANT (www.eliant.eu) have joined forces to make possible a vitally important choice: that teachers and parents must be able to decide for themselves up to which age children should be educated in a screen-free environment. Educators must be left free to choose for themselves with which media they work and teach, and if and when they use digital media as a teaching tool. To make this possible we must have the right to screen-free day-care centers and elementary schools.

    We are committed to this goal through our petition across all of Europe, directed to those responsible for education in the EU and its Member States. Please support us with your signature!

    This takes you to the petition. Thank you very much!
    With best wishes for a happy Easter, kind regards - also from the "Alliance for Human Education",

    Michaela Glöckler



    How you can help. Thank you.

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  • Return the human being to the centre of society

    Return the human being to the centre of society

    Alliance ELIANT





    Learning is experience. Everything else is information.

    Dear ELIANT friends,

    In her opening speech at the ELIANT conference on November 28th, Martine Reicherts pointed to the importance of the digital debate organised by ELIANT: "We need to return the human being to the centre of society. People like you are needed, it's a question of heart, friendship and common values and we should focus on all that unites us even if we see many things differently."

    Later, Prof. Fuchs, an international expert on embodied cognitive science, spoke of how physical activity, social interaction and emotional engagement form the basis of human cognition. Cognition, emotion and action always work together as an integral unit. The brain is a mediating organ that is shaped by the continuously occurring interactions with the world, it is not a hard drive or a computer. And Prof. Gertrud Teuchert-Noodt's final message (quoting Einstein) was: "Learning is experience. Everything else is just information."

    The ELIANT conference November 28th with more than 160 participants was a great success and made a significant contribution towards highlighting the importance of an age-appropriate use of digital media. Please find the videos, written summaries, pictures and twitter story of this conference here.

    With warm greetings and best wishes for the New Year
    Michaela Glöckler

  • Age-appropriate media education in Europe - Appeal

    Age-appropriate media education in Europe - Appeal

    Alliance ELIANT





    Campaign with us for a healthy digital ecosystem in Europe!

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Our congress of 28th November 2017 – Towards a Healthy Digital Ecosystem – Values, Competences and Responsibilities – was a great success!

    Over the next two years the EU Institutions will step up their efforts to work with member states on how to teach digital competence in schools and early childhood settings. This is why Martine Reicherts the Commissions Director-General Education and Culture, called on us to engage with them during the opening panel discussion of the conference – she literally said to us: "Go on, we need you".

    We can only do this in the coming year however if sufficient funds are available. We therefore welcome every contribution however small it might be that can help us to carry out our work. This vitally important discussion about age-appropriate media education needs to happen with leading figures in the Commission as soon as possible – for the sake of our children and the world of tomorrow.

    As a civil society organisation ELIANT is strictly independent of all economic and party political interests. This is why we rely on civil society to support us in our activities.

    With warm greetings and thanks for your support

    Michaela Glöckler

  • How Healthy is the Planned Digital Ecosystem?

    How Healthy is the Planned Digital Ecosystem?


    ELIANT's Contribution to the Challenges of the Digital World

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    At a time when the European Union is facing major challenges, the issue of digitalisation and the way it affects young children, receives very little public attention. In order to remedy this the ELIANT Alliance is holding its second international conference on November 28th in Brussels Towards a Healthy Digital Ecosystem: Values, Competences and Responsibilities.

    Parents and education professionals are confronted with political decisions that encourage the integration of IT-Technology in early childhood, Kindergartens and primary schools. Do we know how IT-Technology affects a child's orientation in space, time and within the analogue world? How is the development of empathy and key social skills affected? We might ask ourselves however why Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and others decided to keep their own children away from these gadgets?

    All these questions made us eager to learn more about the subject, invite high level experts to our conference and enter in-depth discussions about it.

    We hope that our conference will provide opportunities for making effective partnerships, networking and planning future campaigns to benefit upcoming generations in Europe and across the world.

    We are looking forward meeting you, discussing our concerns, hearing your suggestions and listening to your advice.

    With best regards

    Michaela Glöckler


    Photo: © JenkoAtaman - fotolia.com

  • For age-appropriate media education in Europe

    For age-appropriate media education in Europe

    Alliance ELIANT





    The ELIANT conference, November 28th
    about the Agenda for Europe regarding
    digital competences

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    Dear Friends of ELIANT,

    On 14th September 2017 the European Parliament formally adopted its report on the 'New Skills Agenda for Europe. We were very pleased that the changes proposed by our ELIANT Alliance partner the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education ECSWE to secure an age-appropriate approach to media education, were well received!
    This decision by the European Parliament provides a good foundation for our ELIANT Conferencewhat is important now however is its implementation! And that is what the event in Brussels on 28th November will be about.

    People who are engaged and socially competent are fundamental to any constructive, democratic progress. Motivation, creativity, empathy and tolerance as well as a willingness to engage actively with social and political issues are capacities that do not develop by themselves. Convincing examples need to be given by adults. Premature access to digital media can have lasting negative effects on brain development and on a person's inner maturity.

    Presentations will be given by Prof. Thomas Fuchs und Prof. Gertraud Teuchert-Noodt who are recognised experts on the theme of media education. The EU Commission's goals and objectives for education and culture will be presented by EU Directorate General Martine Reicherts, DG Education and Culture. Seven workshops will provide opportunities for deepening and working on the theme and – most importantly - a chance to form a Europe-wide network and discuss further campaigning actions.

    We depend on financial support to cover the cost of preparing and running the conference. Since ELIANT is a not-for-profit civil society organisation independent of all economic and political interest groups, every contribution however small is invaluable to us.

    With warm thanks from the ELIANT team
    Dr. Michaela Glöckler

  • 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)


    Photo: © Robert Kneschke - fotolia.com

  • 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)


    Photo: © Robert Kneschke - fotolia.com

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

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

    Allianz ELIANT





    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)


     Photo: © zilvergolf - Fotolia.com, © polinariaegorova - Fotolia.com

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

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

    Allianz ELIANT





    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


    Photo: © awarts - fotolia.com

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

    A campaign is needed to uphold the dignity of the child

    Allianz ELIANT





    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


    Photo: © Tatjana Posavec

  • 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

  • NO to the digitalisation of early years provision!

    NO to the digitalisation of early years provision!

    Allianz ELIANT





    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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

    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.


    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


  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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)

  • 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)


  • 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!

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