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The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis


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The Yin and Yang of Climage Crisis examines our personal, cultural, and ecological states through the lens of Chinese medicine and offers insights on how to address these personal and collective imbalances.

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BRENDAN KELLY is co-founder and co-owner of Jade Mountain Wellness, where he currently practices acupuncture and herbalism, and has been actively involved with local, regional, and national environmental issues for twenty-five years. He also lectures nationally on a wide variety of topics, including Chinese medicine, western herbal medicine, personal health, and environmental issues including climate change, and has spoken and lectured at Swarthmore College, Yale University, University of Vermont, Montanta State University, and Bioneers conferences in Massachusetts and Montana in addition to presenting regularly at herbal and natural health conferences throughout the United States. Kelly presently teaches at Johnson State College and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. A long-time practitioner of tai chi ch uan, he was authorized to teach by internationally recognized teacher and author Wolfe Lowenthal. As the current president of the Vermont Acupuncture Association, he is focusing on increasing access to acupuncture for more people statewide.


"Brendan Kelly is contributing to an important emerging understanding: that climate change is not fundamentally a technical problem of greenhouse gases that can be addressed with technical solutions. It is a symptom of the modern way of being in the world."--Charles Eisenstein, bestselling author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible "In an age perturbed by technological dependence, rise in cancer afflictions, and alienation from nature, Brendan Kelly skillfully applies the theories of Chinese medicine to the global crisis of climate change. Kelly's seeds of insight can be sowed by readers so that a harvest of optimism around the world we live in can be achieved and celebrated."--Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Daoist priest, internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Chinese medicine "The human body is a mirror of our home planet. The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis not only teaches that the body and earth are connected, it explains the need for healing both."--Scott Frazier, member of the Crow/Santee tribe; founder and director of Project Indigenous "Brendan Kelly uses his expertise in Chinese medicine to draw a connection between the environmental excesses that have led us to the age of climate change and the individual excesses that lead to depletion, imbalance, and disease. His fascinating book offers fresh, clear insight into the root causes of both, as well as a map toward greater personal and environmental health and balance."--Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life; farmer and co-founder of Essex Farm "Brendan Kelly invites us to set aside our typical ways of thinking--reductionistic, fragmented, and dualistic--and to embrace a more holistic and systemic mode of thought. Using the conceptual framework of Chinese medicine, Kelly incisively diagnoses the source of what most ails us, both personally and collectively, and offers guidelines for meaningful change. What could be more important?"--John Christopher, PhD, Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Mind & Life Institute "With a radically expansive understanding of holistic principles, Brendan Kelly shows us that the remedy for our individual bodies and our planet-body is the same. He invites us to look at the deeper causes of our situation and, in so doing, to experience deeper purpose and connection with life. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the earth."-- Sarah Von Hoy, PhD, LAc, professor at Goddard College "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis is a brilliantly written, far-sighted exploration of climate change using Chinese medicine as an ancient way to see personal mind-body inflammation as deeply interrelated with the earth's rising heat. This book empowers people to embrace cooler lifestyles and less inflammatory diets to help rebalance their own lives and in a small, yet organically powerful, way."--Susan Green, PhD, department chair of Behavioral Sciences and director of Wellness & Alternative Medicine, Johnson State College

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