“The Bronner family is no stranger to severe depression and anxiety. We share the frustration of most Americans that current treatments don’t work and that pharmaceutical drugs are a mere band-aid, often with terrible side effects. We yearn for better solutions, and we firmly believe that the integration of psilocybin therapy, to which the FDA recently granted a special “breakthrough designation,” is crucial to healing epidemic rates of depression, anxiety, and addiction,” says David Bronner, Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s. “This therapy enables people to process difficult and traumatic emotions and experiences, break destructive patterns of thought and behavior, and love, integrate and forgive themselves and each other. People connect to the deeper spiritual ground of their being and to the miraculous living natural world we are one with. This therapy can also help people wake up to and grapple with the massive social and environmental problems we are facing,” continues Bronner.
Synchronistically, today September 20, 2019, is also the beginning of the Global Climate Strike, which has been organized to increase pressure on governments around the world to enact policy to stop burning fossil fuels. In addition to fossil fuels, other major contributors to climate change include industrial agriculture and the consumption of factory farmed meat. Dr. Bronner’s, in solidarity with strikers and the #digitalclimatestrike, is shuttering its websites globally (on September 20) and will support employees who join local protests. The company’s volunteer Green Team will also host a “Buy-Nothing” pop-up free store at Dr. Bronner’s headquarters to encourage the reuse and upcycling of clothing and other goods among staff from September 23-27.
Dr. Bronner’s primary climate action initiatives include partnering with Patagonia, Rodale, Compassion in World Farming, and the Fair World Project to found the Regenerative Organic Alliance, and sources major raw materials from regenerative organic projects that sequester carbon in soil through regenerative agricultural practices. Dr. Bronner’s also funds organizations dedicated to promoting plant-based diets (over $2 million in donations since 2013) and advocates for omnivores to eat less and better meat from pastured animals raised according to high-welfare standards, that is not such a climate and ethical catastrophe as meat from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Dr. Bronner’s manufacturing facility in Vista, CA is 100% powered from renewable sources.