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Why water?

by Ellie Leaning, EcoCiv Projects Director Water is the key that unlocks human opportunity and ecological wellbeing. It is what our existence here on the “blue planet” depends on.   At EcoCiv, much of our work focuses on looking at systems and structures that either promote or prevent the wellbeing of people and the planet. Water…

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The cost of water: financing water improvements for wellbeing

By Ellie LeaningEcoCiv Projects Director 60% of the human body is water. 71% of the earth’s surface is water. Yet, 844 million people currently lack access to safe drinking water. Every day, more than 800 children under age five die from diarrheal diseases attributed to poor water and sanitation. 1.8 billion people use a source…

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Imagining a world without racism for Nelson Mandela day

On Mandela Day, we are called on to celebrate the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. As we continue to design solutions for global wellbeing, how can we enliven Mandela’s legacy of promoting peace, reconciliation, and social justice into our own work? Next week we are hosting the panel “A World Without…

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Lessons from COVID-19: Discussions on Global Systems Change

This is a review of our first EcoCiv Dialogues panel, written by our partners at EcoCiv Korea.  By Reverend Dongwoo Lee, EcoCiv Korea On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Institute for Ecological Civilization held a seminar in webinar format entitled “The Most Important Lessons from COVID-19.″ The panel conversation was conducted through Zoom and broadcast…

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The Next Economy

By Dongwoo Lee, Director of EcoCiv Korea This article has been translated from Korean. View the original article here.  I remember the shock I had when, having attended only classes of professors belonging to the Keynesian school during my undergraduate years, I then attended the labor economics class—the only one taught at my school. At…

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World Refugee Day: Climate Change and Migration

By Zaana Hall and Ellie Leaning Today is World Refugee Day. At EcoCiv, we are using this moment to reflect on what it really means to promote wellbeing in a world where 79.5 million people are forcibly displaced, and climate change projections are dire, at best.  This nexus of climate change and involuntary migration is…

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We Stand for Racial Justice

We join the ongoing protests demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, and an end to the violence against Black bodies.  We echo their urgent call to find ways that our various organizations and movements can do more to integrate anti-racism into our programming and to actively stand up for racial justice. Dismantling institutional…

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Earth Day is Different This Year

Earth Day is different this year.  For 50 years Earth Day has brought hope. In previous years, now would be the time that one billion people in more than 190 countries around the world walk outside―in nature, in parks, and in capital cities―to call decision-makers to protect and heal our planet.  This April we have…

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What are bioregions? An intro to a natural way of defining our world

Over the past year the Institute for Ecological Civilization began examining urban-rural wellbeing. This project allows us to envision cities and rural communities as part of emerging ecological civilizations, and we do so largely through the framework of bioregions – geographic areas defined by natural boundaries rather than political or governmental boundaries. For instance, the…

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