Our Mission

EcoCiv works nationally to link grassroots innovations with policy experts, helping to focus research and activism on the final goal of an ecological civilization.

Toward Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv) is a think and action tank, working with experts and practitioners to develop a comprehensive roadmap toward sustainability. Together, we seek to identify how social, political, and economic life needs to be organized if humanity is to achieve a sustainable, ecological society over the long-term.


An affiliate kindergarten program in China that focuses on ecology and the common good.

EcoCiv conducts core research into the requirements of ecological civilization, works with policy makers to formulate sustainable policies, and supports the first major steps toward societal change. Leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector recognize that much rhetoric in the environmental movement lacks a theory of change. Some voices offer dire warnings and statistics without solutions. Some inspire with emotions and big ideas but offer only unworkable or idealistic “solutions.” And many offer plans and products that claim to be sustainable or green but that leave the fundamentals unchanged.

EcoCiv advocates for fundamental changes in human thought and action that are necessary for humans to live in a just and sustainable manner. We believe the time has come to encourage and cultivate ecological worldviews which emphasize the deep interconnectedness of the whole of life and invite us, amid our respective efforts to help heal the world, to recognize the interconnectedness of our efforts to reform our destructive systems. These emerging worldviews are based on an awareness that we are a part of a larger web of life.

Under this affirmation—the deep interconnectedness of the whole of life—currently fragmented sustainability movements (groups working on saving species and healing the oceans on the one hand and groups seeking justice for the exploited and peace among nations on the other), can be united in shared values and deeper commitments that would enable us to support one another without giving up our special foci.

Because environmental conditions are deeply tied to economic, political, agricultural, educational, and other practices, achieving a sustainable civilization will involve a shift in awareness and values and a significant rethinking of current structures and practice in a more systemic fashion than has been true in the past. This is what we mean by “ecological civilization”–the convergence of sustainable practices within and across all significant sectors of society.

EcoCiv carries out its mission in multiple venues. It promotes academic research which takes ‘ecological civilization’ as a subject of research, bridging the gap between theory and practice. It promotes public education through courses, conferences, and social media. It highlights and helps amplify the voices of people who are providing indispensable information and inspiring social change: scientists, economists, business leaders, religious leaders, and artists, for example. And it helps locate and support projects that implement the principles of an ecological civilization in concrete, local settings. The latter is especially important, since ecological civilizations do not exist in the abstract. They exist only where big ideas come down to earth: that is, in local communities that are creative, compassionate, multicultural, participatory, ecologically wise, and spiritually satisfying, with no one left behind.

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