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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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Creating Community for Ecological Civilization

by Ebony Bailey and Ellie Leaning As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, we have a unique opportunity to reflect on our lives and our relationship with the planet. The COVID-19 global pandemic has exposed systemic failures in the health, economic, political, and environmental sectors—failures that we, at EcoCiv, have…

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COVID-19: Crisis, Hope, and Ecological Civilization

A Message from Philip ClaytonPresident of EcoCiv The attention of leaders in medicine and government is focused on immediate crisis response, as it should be. I praise those who are risking their lives on the front lines. But for the millions of us who are “sheltering in place,” COVID-19 also brings the opportunity to reflect…

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Water and Cities: A Systems Approach

By Ellie Leaning, EcoCiv Strategic Partnerships Coordinator OverviewIn 2020, an estimated 4.2 billion people live in cities across the globe. The United Nations expects this figure to grow to 6.7 billion by 2050. The 2018 UN Water Development Report states that water scarcity is one of the most significant global risks. They estimate that by…

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Highlights from the W12 Framework Conference in Cape Town

Will cities around the world have enough water by 2050? What steps should be put in place for cities to ensure a secure and equitable water future? EcoCiv is working to convene leaders and experts from around the world to propose a framework aimed at long-term water solutions across the globe. Last week, we partnered…

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Jeremy Lent in San Francisco

VIDEO: Transforming from a Wealth-Based Civilization to a Life-Based One

Author Jeremy Lent gave this presentation in San Francisco on the core principals of ecological civilization. In this video, he talks about the different human transitions throughout history that have affected humanity’s relationship with nature. Then he proposes a look of what kind of transformation we need to fundamentally transform our civilization from one that…

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