The Center seeks to foster earth ethics grounded in an
appreciation of the sentience and spiritual depth of all living
beings. We participate in international efforts to establish the
ethical foundations of a just and sustainable future. Projects
For over a decade diverse groups throughout
the world have worked to create an Earth Charter that sets forth
fundamental principles for a sustainable way of life. The final
version of the Earth Charter was approved by the Earth Charter
Commission in March, 2000. It is now being circulated widely and
used as an educational tool and guide for creating a just, peaceful
and sustainable future. The Initiative is promoting the endorsement
of the Earth Charter by governments, organizations, businesses and
the United Nations.
CRLE serves as the secretariat for Earth Charter
initiatives in the United States, focused primarily on education and
local community implementation.
Earth Ethics, our award-winning magazine, publishes the best thinking
in emerging earth ethics. Articles focus on sustainable practices
in education, religion, the arts, business, agriculture, and other
fields. Book reviews, event calendars, and feature articles bring
fresh resources for those wishing to accelerate our transition
to a humane and sustainable future.
The Indigenous Water Initiative is dedicated to understanding
and articulating indigenous perspectives on water and development.
The Initiative grew out of the World Water Forum held in Kyoto,
Japan in March 2003, where CRLE co-organized several sessions
on indigenous water issues. These sessions helped define a number
of priority areas where indigenous communities could benefit from
closer interaction among each other and with international water
and development organizations, and also areas where the international
water policy discussions need to be made more aware of indigenous
Soul of Agriculture: Towards A New
The Soul of Agriculture was initiated by CRLE in 1996. A committee
of representatives of agricultural, environmental and animal protection
organizations drafted a vision statement for a shared farming
ethic, which was revised in a major conference in Minneapolis
in November 1997. A variety of religious and local conferences
have taken place since then in California, Iowa, Wisconsin and
New Hampshire. Click here
for the Earth Ethics issue on Soul of Agriculture.