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An Ecospiritual Hub for an Ecological Civilization

Updated: Mar 20




Wikipedia defines "ecological civilization" as "the hypothetical concept that describes the alleged final goal of social and environmental reform within a given society. It implies that the changes required in response to global climate disruption and social injustices are so extensive as to require another form of human civilization, one based on ecological principles."


Deep Transformation for Ecological Civilization was a forum held May 25-27, 2023. It was the 16th International Forum on Ecological Civilization (an annual conference series in Claremont, CA established in 2006) and 5th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization.

 

"The largest international conference held on the theme “ecological civilization” (Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization) took place at Pomona College in June 2015, bringing together roughly 2,000 participants from around the world and featuring such leaders in the environmental movement as Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, John B. Cobb, Jr., Wes Jackson, and Sheri Liao. This was held in conjunction with the Ninth International Conference on Ecological Civilization. (part of the Claremont ECO Forum)


Out of the Seizing an Alternative conference, Philip Clayton and Wm. Andrew Schwartz co-founded the Institute for Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv), and co-authored the 2019 book What is Ecological Civilization: Crisis, Hope, and the Future of the Planet,


The Ecospiritual Hub is an online resource for "Those Who Take Nature to Heart" organized by Jack M Greene as part of the Deep Transformation Network. The tagline of the DTNetwork reads: "A global community to explore pathways to an ecological civilization." For an explanation of "What is an Ecological Civilization?" see Jeremy Lent's article published in the February 2021 edition of YES! Magazine. Lent is also the author of the 2023 book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe.


The Ecospiritual Hub is an online resource for "Those Who Take Nature to Heart" organized by Jack M Greene as part of the Deep Transformation Network.


I associate the term "ecological civilization" with David Korten,'s October 7, 2022 article We the People Are All in This Together in Yes! Magazine which references his 2021 Club of Rome paper, Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence. David Korten co-founder of YES! Media and president of the Living Economies Forum, He is the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and “Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.


For a different view on ecological civilization from a Chinese perspective see Alexander Ayertey Odonkor's August 20, 2022 article "Ecological civilization: All-embracing Vision For the Global Future" from China Global Television Network (CGTN)


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