"The Great Conference at Claremont" – Re-imagining Civilization as Ecological

This report by Herman Greene on the “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization Conference” held at Pomona College, Claremont, California, June 4-7, 2015, has four parts: (1) “The Story,” (2) What the Participants Said,” (3) “A Critical Review,” and (4) “The Outcome.” To download and read this report, please click here (PDF).

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Arran Gare in conversation with Philip Clayton

Professor Arran Gare has just published a significant analysis of ecological civilization, entitled The Philosophical Foundations of Ecological Civilization. In this interview he discusses the ways of thinking that humanity must leave behind in order to make the radical transition toward an ecological civilization. Dr. Gare also provides a compelling analysis of the core concepts that…

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Towards a Contemplative Commons

Post-capitalism has become the subject of much recent debate, spurred by publications from Jeremy Rifkin (2015), Paul Mason (2016), J. K. Gibson-Graham (2006), Left Accelerationists like Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams (2015), and members of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Degrowth communities. Though there is no uniform agreement among its proponents, post-capitalism seems generally characterized by a…

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The Four American Narratives by David Brooks

David Brooks writes in the New York Times: “America has always been a divided, sprawling country, but for most of its history it was held together by a unifying national story. As I noted a couple of months ago, it was an Exodus story. It was the story of leaving the oppressions of the Old…

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Where’s It All Heading?

In 2015 long-time Claremont resident Prof. John Cobb organized a 1500-person conference entitled “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization.” Those meetings spawned EcoCiv.org, which supports projects that chart the way toward a genuinely sustainable civilization. The EcoCiv president, Prof. Philip Clayton, will summarize initiatives, nationally and internationally, that are now bringing to light what…

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Higher Education and Institutional Divestment

This convening will bring together institutions that have already reached the decision to divest, board members of colleges and universities interested in exploring the process, and other leaders who work in roles that help achieve these goals, such as endowment networks and facilitating student participation in leading ecological movements. When business executives, grassroots organizers, scholars,…

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Permaculture in an Urban Context

Join us for “Permaculture in an Urban Context” on Monday, May 1, at 7:00 pm! This event will take place at Pomona College in the Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711). What is Permaculture? Maybe you’ve heard the word, but were never quite sure what it meant or how it relates…

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Claremont Energy Vision: A Grassroots Movement for Energy Efficiency

In the face of overwhelming needs, understanding where to begin can be a challenge. The task of mitigating climate change presents itself in the same way. What are the best ways to reduce energy consumption and limit greenhouse gases? What projects are already underway to boost sustainability in local communities? To answer some of these…

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Claremont Energy Vision – Program and Presenters

Claremont Energy Vision Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm Shanahan Center 301 Platt Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711 Click on the fullscreen button in the document box below for optimal viewing of the Claremont Energy Vision program. Learn from and dialogue with the following presenters:

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David Orr, Hope, and Ecological Civilization

Destiny is the sum total of the choices we make, and we have the power to make different choices and hence to create a destiny better than that in prospect. The challenge to those intending to lead is to help create a vision of a decent human future within the bounds of ecological possibility. We…

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