Earth Day 2016: Virtual Dialogue on United Nations Harmony with Nature

Sabien observing tadpoles.

Sabien observing tadpoles.

Starting Earth Day, April 22, 2016, I will be participating in a Virtual Dialogue on Earth Jurisprudence with the UN Harmony with Nature project. This will take place from April 22 to June 22, 2016. Those of us participating are from various disciplines: Earth-centered Law; Ecological Economics; Education; Holistic Science; Philosophy/Ethics; the Arts, Media, Design and Architecture; and Theology/Spirituality.  My own discipline spans analytical psychology and Biodynamic farming, Jung and Rudolf Steiner, so I have chosen “Holistic Science”.

We are given four questions and these two months to answer:

1. What would the practice of your discipline look like from an Earth Jurisprudence perspective? How is that different from how your discipline is generally practiced now? What are the benefits of practicing from an Earth Jurisprudence perspective?

2. What promising approaches do you recommend for achieving implementation of an Earth-centered worldview for the discipline selected?

3. What key problems or obstacles do you see as impeding the implementation of an Earth-centered worldview in your discipline?

4. What are the top recommendations for priority, near-term action to move your discipline toward an Earth Jurisprudence approach?


As called for in General Assembly resolution (70/268), the summary report will be submitted to the 71st Session of General Assembly in August 2016. The report will be published and circulated among Member States and other interested parties, who will then be invited to reflect on the report online. The aim of this Dialogue is to “ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature”. Please follow this dialogue at United Nations Harmony with Nature 2016.

Book Review:

“Roots of Denial and the Promise of Hope,” Patricia Damery’s review of Jeffrey T. Kiehl’s new book,  was just published in APA’s PsycCRITIQUES. 

Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future by Jeffrey T. Kiehl

New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2016. 159 pp.

ISBN 9780231177184. $28.00.