Sixth Virtual Dialogue on United Nations Harmony with Nature

Sabien observing tadpoles.

Sabien observing tadpoles.

Beginning on Earth Day, April 22, 2016, I participated in the Sixth Dialogue on Earth Jurisprudence with the United Nations Harmony with Nature project. The purpose of this project is to provide people everywhere with the relevant information and awareness needed for sustainable development and lifestyles in Harmony with Nature by 2030.

Those of us participating were 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 chose “Philosophy/Ethics“.

We each were given four questions (see below) and 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?


The summary report was submitted to the 71st Session of General Assembly in August 2016 and then published and circulated among Member States and other interested parties. In April 2017 the Seventh Dialogue further developed recommendations for our future generations.   You can follow this project on Facebook, Twitter, or at the United Nations Harmony with Nature Website.

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.