Ecology of Law


According to Fritjof Capra, the co-founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, being ecologically literate means understanding the principles of the organization of ecological communities and manifesting those principles in the daily life of one’s community.

“The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture sustainable communities that are designed in such a way that their ways of life, businesses, economies, physical structures, and technologies do not interfere with nature’s inherent ability to sustain itself. The first step in this endeavor is to understand the principles of organization that ecosystems have developed in order to sustain the web of life.”

Capra has a long history of questioning the ideology that informs western scientific philosophy. In his book “The Tao of Physics”, published over 40 years ago, Capra drew analogies between the insights of sub-atomic particle physics and those of eastern philosophers and mystics. In this way he helped a generation articulate a more compelling vision of the universe than was being offered by the mechanistic and materialistic paradigms of the time.

In Ecology of Law, along with fellow professor Ugo Mattei, Capra challenges the currewnt worldview of both western science and jurisprudence in which our ecological crisis is now rooted and framed.The book argues for the design and implementation of a novel eco-legal framework more in concert with our current understanding of both the natural world and the Commons.