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EcoCiv recognizes that first and foremost we are living beings embedded in a biotic community. The way we organize ourselves as civilizations must recognize this fact and affirm the lives of not only humans, but of all the lifeforms making up our biosphere. We endeavor “to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community” (Aldo Leopold) as an organizing principle.

The Central Coast Center for Ecological Civilization brings these values to the organizations with whom we collaborate and the projects in which we participate. By bringing the scholarship, grounding and programs of the broader EcoCiv community to the Central Coast, we hope to accelerate the establishment of an Ecological Civilization that acknowledges the deep relationships that maintain our lives and give those lives meaning.

We do this by:

  • Educating ourselves and our community about alternatives to the destructive attitudes and systems that have brought us to this dire situation of climate crisis, inequity and separation.
  • Implementing practical projects in collaboration with local, regional and global organizations.
  • Establishing supportive relationships among people in both religious and secular communities to do the difficult work that is needed to make our Earth community safe and fulfilling for all.
Our History: The Central Coast Center for Ecological Civilization began in 2020 when a group from People of Faith for Justice was exploring the work of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. Finding Ecological Civilization, or EcoCiv, valuable to People of Faith for Justice’s mission, an ongoing division was established. EcoCiv contains both concrete diagnoses and remedies for why we are not further along in the quest for a sustainable life on planet Earth.
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