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The International Institute for Ecological Civilization promotes a Nature-Human Centric worldview. It promotes ecological sustainability and a vision of human civilization adopting a 'Great Work' of repairing a damaged Earth. Our civilization must live in balance with Nature and live within the carrying capacity of the Earth. The Institute asserts and promotes the intrinsic value of Nature, and believes civilization must seek both social and environmental justice.











  1. We support the vision of a 'Great Work' of repairing the damaged Earth, that this is the dream and narrative an ecological civilization must adopt.

  2. We assert a ‘Nature-Human Centric’ and not an Anthropocentric worldview. Such a view is eco-centric and respects the Earth and its life, both for its intrinsic value and for its values to present and future generations. It also acknowledges that we need to value the diversity and creativity of human civilization, and ensure that this can live in an ecologically sustainable way into the future.

  3. We assert that justice is needed both for the human and non-human world, and that both need to go together.

  4. We accept that human action is the cause of many environmental problems, and accordingly we must seek solutions, and that such solutions exist.

  5. We realise that the pressures on Nature will increase in coming years to the point where many ecosystems collapse- unless human worldview, attitudes and actions change.

Ecological Footprint

  1. We acknowledge that all life on Earth (including humanity) depends on Nature and the 'ecosystem services’ it provides.

  2. We seek to protect and restore the Earth's ecological integrity, biological diversity and natural processes.

  3. We believe that we must seek to return our current global ecological footprint (1.5 Earths) to just one Earth- the one we have, and on which we must live sustainably.

  4. We understand that the Earth's growing human population is an important barrier to reaching sustainability, and that education and family planning can help us stabilise world population.

  5. We understand that consumerism is one of the major problems causing the environmental crisis, an ideology created after World War II.

  6. We believe our civilization must cease to believe that ecosystem services are free and limitless. Their full value, and the costs incurred by damaging them, must be taken into account in all economic and social accounting.

  7. We uphold the principles of intra- and inter-generational equity, or fairness in how resources are distributed within this generation and between this and future generations.

  8. We adopt the precautionary principle, so that those proposing development must show that their actions are without significant harm to the environment, rather than the community needing to demonstrate absolute proof of an action's damage.

Climate Change

  1. We accept the reality of human-caused climate change, and we seek to roll back denial of climate change and other environmental problems.

  2. We act on the premise that there is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change but that we must take strong action now.

  3. We accept that the costs of stabilising the climate are significant but manageable, and that delay (or failing to act) would be dangerous to civilization and much more costly.

  4. We support renewable energy and energy conservation as the key solutions to abandoning a fossil-fuel based economy. We believe nuclear energy is not the solution in terms of its own environmental problems, slowness to be installed, danger of proliferation of nuclear weapons, and high cost.

Economic and Social

  1. We recognise that on a finite planet an ever-growing economy is simply not possible. We therefore support a Steady State Economy or Ecological Economy. We support ‘tax-shifting’ to penalise environmentally damaging activities. We support moving subsidies away from environmentally-degrading activities to those that support the ‘Great Work’ of repairing the Earth's ecosystems. We support a Green GNP and GDP that assesses how we conserve the Earth's natural capital and ecosystem services.

  2. We support an economy and society that protects the Earth's ecosystems and community well-being, where the quality of social and economic development should take precedence over the quantity.

  3. We believe that solving the environmental crisis will require that we also solve the major and growing issue of poverty and inequity. The environmental crisis makes poverty worse, and increasing poverty accelerates the environmental crisis. We thus need to solve both.

  4. We affirm gender equality and social equity as integral to sustainability, and that special attention should be given to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.

  5. We recognise that ecological sustainability will happen faster if local communities become champions of sustainability, share the benefits, and are involved in the decisions to reach sustainability.

  6. We strive to work together with all sections of government, business, and the community to reach ecological sustainability.

  7. We acknowledge that lack of political will is one of the greatest problems to solving the environmental and social crisis. We urge the world community to pressure all governments for an urgent sustainability program as part of the ‘Great Work’ of repairing the Earth.




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