Earth Law: Toward a Flourishing Earth Community
School of Consciousness and Transformation PARP 6569 1.00
Climate change and other global threats are increasingly illustrating the limits of our existing environmental laws to stem the Earth’s degradation. This course posits that environmental declines will continue until we address a fundamental assumption underlying our governance systems: that humans are separate from the natural world and may treat it as property to be exploited rather than as an intimately connected ecological partner. The course will critically examine the sources of this assumption and its impacts on preventing us from achieving a flourishing Earth community. It will describe legal, economic, and other governance systems that do recognize the inherent rights of the natural world to exist, thrive, and evolve, and it will discuss how such systems can be implemented to advance lasting well-being for both people and planet.