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 own 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 implicit philosophy couched ideologically behind scientific norms and conventions. In his book “The Tao of Physics”, first published over 40 years ago, Capra drew analogies between revelations from the field of sub-atomic particle physics to insights of eastern philosophers and mystics and helped 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, Capra, along with fellow professor Ugo Mattei, challenges the worldview of both western science and jurisprudence in which our current ecological crisis is rooted.The book argues eloquently for the design and implementation of an entirely new eco-legal framework that will be more in concert with our current understanding of both the natural world and the Commons.