Ecosystem Restoration: Values, Culture and Spirituality

CEE Issues "Roots for Change" Report

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new report “Roots for Change: Using Values, Culture and Spirituality to Restore Ecosystems.” This comprehensive study is the culmination of a multi-year process in which CEE conducted research, hosted grassroots dialogues and organized high-level consultations with communities across the globe. It emphasizes the crucial role of values, culture and spirituality in anchoring and accelerating successful restoration projects. And it provides a roadmap for restoration efforts to synthesize environmental principles, cultural values and spiritual insights in creating meaningful change for ecosystems and communities alike.

To support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the Center for Earth Ethics hosted the Values, Culture, and Spirituality Series to spotlight restoration projects around the world. These projects are led by individuals and organizations grounded in a sense of place, culture, and spirituality. We believe this approach is crucial for mobilizing action. The more we relate to nature through the lens of values, culture and spirituality, the deeper and more sustained our actions will be.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration runs from 2021 through 2030—the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Values, Culture, Spirituality, and Ecosystem Restoration Fireside Chat 
December 13, 2022 | 4 pm ET 

Hosted by Center For Earth Ethics and the United Religions Initiative, this fireside chat reflects on the work of the Values, Culture and Spirituality consultation series, for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and launches the Ecosystem Restoration Conversation Guide.

Speakers include Karenna Gore, Executive Director, CEELauren Van Ham, Climate Action Coordinator, URI; Gopal Patel, UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration Advisory Council; Oscar Soria, Avaaz; Diane Klaimi, UNEP and Moderator: Andrew Schwartz, Director of Sustainability & Global Affairs, CEE

 ⇐ Download the Guide

  ⇓  Watch the Fireside Chat

 

Contrasting Energies: Reflections on the UN Biodiversity Conference


“We have a long way to go before we reach the ultimate goal of the framework of living in harmony with nature.”

 
Reflections of COP 15 from CEE Research Associate, Alyssa Ng

Values, Culture and Spirituality Consultation Series

Values, Culture and Spirituality: A Consultation on Food Security, Jordan

Thursday, October 4, 2022
9 a.m. New York | 3 p.m. Paris | 4 p.m. Amman

This consultation will focus on local social and faith leaders in Jordan. This is the fifth dialogue on Values, Culture and Spirituality. Watch Now:

 

Values, Culture and Spirituality:
A Consultation on Species, The Philippine Eagle

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 6 a.m. Eastern Time, the Center for Earth Ethics hosted “A Consultation on Species: The Philippine Eagle.” Join us as we delve into the world of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and hear from an indigenous community working with others to protect their sacred species. How can that sacredness help protect the species and the ecosystems in which it lives? And how can working together with, and in support of, Indigenous peoples bring new solutions to conservation? This is the fourth dialogue on Values, Culture and Spirituality. 

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Values, Culture and Spirituality:
A Consultation on Cities, Mombasa, Kenya

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, the Center for Earth Ethics hosted “A Consultation on Cities: Mombasa, Kenya.” The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) identifies urban ecosystems as “radical transformations of natural areas” to serve a quality of life that modern society have come to expect and rely on. This is the third dialogue on Values, Culture and Spirituality. 

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Values, Culture and Spirituality: A Consultation on Water, River Yamuna

On Monday, May 30, 2022, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, the Center for Earth Ethics hosted “A Consultation on Water: River Yamuna.” This exploration of climate and pollution issues around one of India’s greatest rivers is moderated by Gopal Patel, senior advisor at the Center for Earth Ethics. This is the second dialogue on Values, Culture and Spirituality. 

Values, Culture and Spirituality: A Consultation on Air, St. James Parish

An ecological society will require local, national, and international action to challenge economic paradigms that emphasize short-term profit over planetary health and thriving communities. This includes the need for regenerative solutions and commitments to protecting species and their habitats including the healthy soil, water and air that sustain them. We need Indigenous wisdom and women’s front line voices to inform our decision making. Join us for this opening dialogue on Values, Culture and Spirituality: A Consultation on Air.

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