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

“The great challenge of our time” writes Capra, “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 is the author of “The Tao of Physics”, a paradigm-shifting book published in the 1970’s that with observations gleaned from sub-atomic particle physics corroborated the insights of the ancient mystics and presented a far more singular and self-integrated universe than was being imagined by the mechanistic and materialistic paradigms of the time.

More recently, Capra‘s Ecology of Law, a book he co-authored with fellow professor Ugo Mattei, asserts that today the similarly outmoded worldview of western science and jurisprudence lies at the root of our current ecological and social crisis. The book urges for the design and implementation of a new eco-legal framework that would be more in concert with our current vision of the Commons.


Eye on Water

As a result of climate instability and population growth the world’s water-deprived regions now face the social upheaval, conflict and suffering that comes with water shortage. The future looks dire. Of the three billion people projected to be added to the planet over the next half century, most will be born in countries already dealing […]

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Idea of the Commons

The idea of the Commons reflects a time before private ownership became the touchstone of human affairs. As a social doctrine it can be traced Western Europe back to Athenian Democracy where citizens were endowed with both common rights and obligations. The idea was then articulated in Roman law via The Institutes of Justinian where the […]

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