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New documentary 'Inner Climate Change' focuses on effects of Climate Change and Consciousness conference at Findhorn Foundation

By Garry McCartney

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Film-maker Lorenz Gramann.
Film-maker Lorenz Gramann.

AN independent film-maker has made a documentary about the knock-on effects of a special event held near Findhorn last year.

Lorenz Gramann's 'Inner Climate Change' focuses on the personal experiences, insights and responses to the global climate crisis of people who took part in the Climate Change and Consciousness conference (CCC19) held last April at the Findhorn Ecovillage.

Mr Gramann confirmed the online premier on Friday, April 24 will be on the Findhorn Foundation website, available to view on a donation basis.

He said: "I am very excited about the release of the documentary. In these times of human crises, it's essential to become aware of our inner dimensions. From here real change is possible for everyone. 'All we need is inside of us' nearly all wisdom tradition states. To bring this truth into practical life is my vocation."

Mr Gramann has lived and been self-employed at the Findhorn Foundation for 10 years. The certified therapist is also a freelance film-maker, specialising in small business advertisement, event documentation, music videos and documentaries.

He said: "Love, nature, the values of a spiritual ecovillage and the stunning beauty of Moray attracted me to Findhorn from Germany.

"Inner Climate Change is my third feature-length film. The second one was seen over 200,000 times (www.newstoryhub.com/watch). In my film work I apply my learnings from my second profession successfully."

The Findhorn Foundation holds annual conferences on topics aligned with it's vision of a "better" world. CCC19 focused on "the greatest threat to all life on Earth".

A spokeswoman said: "We caught the zeitgeist in an astounding way, given that it coincided exactly with activism by Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion movement. It was an extremely successful event on many levels, not least the outcomes."

The week-long event featured keynote addresses from movers in the climate change world including Vandna Siva, Charles Einstenstein and Jonathon Porrit. There were 50 workshops, several performances, participant engagement and a youth programme, much of which was live-streamed around the world.

The 300 participants from 45 countries stayed in Findhorn Foundation accommodation at Cluny Hill and The Park, in local B&Bs and the Findhorn Bay Caravan Park. Each day, over 200 delegates enjoyed lunch and dinner in The Park community centre.

The spokeswoman said: "Post-conference enthusiasm was palpable, with many participants working on collaborative projects to take the work forward, including 'Walking the Land,' a project to raise funds in support of local projects led by CCC19 participants from the Global South.

"Many have collaborated since to progress the themes of the event in various ways, not least the making of Inner Climate Change."

Mr Gramann says his documentary examines how our "inner climate" relates to the topic of climate change. And how changing from within will create the change we need.

He finished: "A year ago the crisis was known as climate change, now the headline reads pandemic. However the crisis appears on the outside, the place we feel it and respond from is inside us."

For more information, see https://www.findhorn.org/innerclimatechange/

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