"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

After the Rio+20 Conference, ICEC work continues at the UN, contributing to ongoing UN efforts:

UN Women Welcomes CSW conclusions

Press: The UN Commission on the Status of Women unmasks Equality’s Enemies

Defining a New Economic Paradigm: Happiness and Well-Being

High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

World We Want                                                   

World We Want: Thematic Consultations

  • Inequalities
  • Health
  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Energy
  • Governance
  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Water http://www.worldwewant2015.org/water
  • Growth and Employment
  • Environmental Sustainability http://www.worldwewant2015.org/sustainability
  • Population Dynamics


Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization (ICEC) is a consortium of religious and secular organizations. We contributed an ethical framework to the RIO+20 Input Document expressing renewed reverence for the Earth and each other.

In the aftermath of the Rio +20 conference, we continue to work at the United Nations to bring ethical perspectives to the work, most recently participating in sessions with the Secretary-General's High Level Panel on the SDGs.

We live at a critical moment, with devastating economic inequities and environmental changes that threaten our collective humanity and future.  Unless our values and actions are in line with the common good and mutual responsibility for future generations we cannot thrive.  We recommend an ethical framework to guide our actions: to encourage actions that focus on the common good for all, on clean air and water and food for all. Deep listening can help us develop empathy and compassion, to connect with our universal humanity, to hear the Earth and all of nature, reminding us of the joy of being alive and awake with vitality in line with the creative force. Life is about being more, not having more. May this understanding give us strength for our collective work. We offered moral guidance from many sources here in brief form following the Rio+20 guidelines for contributions; contributed to negotiations in NYC, and offered side events at the Rio+ 20 event in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  To comment directly on what we are doing please visit our Facebook page.


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and Get Mad and Do Something About It: Youth as Initiators of Change



Ethics offers a lens through which to evaluate the actions of international bodies, governments, corporations and individuals. Sustainability must be about the sacredness of all life, of timeless principles of gratitude, humility, and compassion, of the truth of human interconnectedness, and commitment to justice and equality. We will have to deepen conversations and negotiations to honor this and bring fruit from it. This is the work of an earth ethic.

It is in the enlightened self interest of all - in economic, social, and spiritual terms - to develop our commitment to ethical relations with Earth. Our consortium of religious and secular leaders affirms that the environment is sacred and that humans are part of the earth’s living ecosystem. We humans call each other to our universal responsibility and moral obligation to stand in solidarity, justice and equity, and offer acts of service. Collectively we insist on eradicating poverty, ensuring universal education and gender equality, and restoring our relationship to the earth. 

To read the rest of the Input Document, please click here

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To read the report from ICEC's Fall Conference, please click here

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