"Care for the soil and the soul needs to be extended to include care for society." Satish Kumar
The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein
"What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying." Thich Nhat Hanh
"Creation is the primary and most perfect revelation of the Divine." Thomas Aquinas
"The Earth is alive, we live in and through her, and as we are in her keeping, so is she in ours." Pir Zia Inayat Khan
"The greening of the self involves a combining of the mystical with the pragmatic, transcending separateness, alienation, and fragmentation." Joanna Macy

The Progression of Civilizations

Agriculture gave birth to the classical civilizations.
The industrial revolution gave birth to the modern globalized civilization.
Now ecological consciousness is giving rise to ecological civilization.

 

Ecological Civilization

The term “ecological civilization” was first widely used in the Peoples Republic of China and has become official state policy in that country. Related endeavors  are proceeding in various parts of the world—the quest for “green economy” in Europe and the United States, the search for “sufficiency economy” in Thailand,  the call for “Earth democracy” in India, the rediscovery of the cosmovisión Andina in Peru, and the groping for “degrowth” in France and Italy.

ICEC wishes to deepen the global conversation on ecological civilization grounded in the awarenesses that...

  • Earth is a single sacred community bound together in interdependent relationships.
  • Earth is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.
  • We learn from creation and from that we learn to live the good and sustainable life in harmony with creation.
  • Earth’s processes and components developed over long periods of time. They offer possibilities, impose constraints, and require respect.
  • Earth’s special purposes are to create, sustain and enhance life and consciousness.
  • The key roles of humans are celebrating and caring for the community of life in conscious self-awareness.

 

And that an ecological civilization

  • Understands Earth as oikos (Greek) or eco (English), which means our Earth home. Ecology is the understanding of all the relationships in our Earth home.
  • Lives by standards of fundamental justice and fairness for all humans. It places survival and human welfare outcomes above products, profits and markets as means.
  • Recognizes the rights of all species to habitat, nourishment, and dignified participation in the community of life.
  • Honors the all living components and processes of Gaia in their qualitative dimensions as well as their functional roles.
  • Is grounded in local communities and bioregions, and in historic cultures and classical civilizations.
  • Protects the commons at global, regional and local levels.
  • Is unified by a shared sense of the sacredness of Earth community.
  • Is a process concept, not something to be arrived at, but something ever to be created.

 

Activities of ICEC

ICEC’s activities will include:

  • Engaging religious and secular leaders in dialogue on the meaning and practice of, and transition to ecological civilization.
  • Gathering wisdom from these dialogues in forms, frameworks, practices and programs to inspire and guide individual and social transformations.
  • Providing public commentary on the meaning of and transition to ecological civilization.
  • Activating the special roles of wisdom leaders in this transition through care, compassion, accountability, vision and commitment.
  • Offering the essential how of this transformation as welcoming participation in the unfolding meaning of the changes that are occurring in the larger dimensions of our existence.

 

ICEC Ecological Civilization Conferences

ICEC wishes to facilitate significant conferences in each of the major historic civilizations of the world on the transition to ecological civilization. Please contact ICEC if you would like to work with us on, or support, this initiative in your region.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 11:36