What is an Ecological Civilization
and how do you practice it in local settings?
An Ecological Civilization is an outlook on life and way of living in the world that sees
something important and beautiful, something sacred, in people, animals, and the earth.
People in these civilizations find value in loving and just relationships among people,
and also in life-enriching relations with the more than human world,
They live with respect and care for the entire community of life,
humans much included, and with special care for the vulnerable,
For them the universe is a communion of subjects not a collection of objects.
There is something like aliveness -- vitality or subjectivity -- everywhere.
The fundamental units of Ecological Civilizations are local communities,
in rural and urban settings, that are creative, compassionate, participatory,
socially just, religiously and culturally diverse, humane in their treatment of animals,
ecologically wise, and spiritually satisfying - wth no one left behind.
We hope this page will be useful to all who are interested
in helping build these kinds of civilizations.
We provide video examples of people in the US
trying to build ecological civizations in local settings.
The act of helping build these civilizations is itself a practice,
an activity, healing in its own right. We call it creative localization.
Education for Ecological Civilization helps people find meaning and purpose
in their lives, becoming creative localizers in whatever settings they live.
see also Jane Goodall's Prayer and John Cobb on David Korten
A Mentor for Ecological Civilizations: Jane Goodall
Creative Localization in the US
Examples of Practicing Ecological Civilization in Local Settings