The Great Turning: Towards an Ecological Civilization Aiming at the Common Good of Humanity and Nature

17th International Forum on Ecological Civilization | 6th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization

May 24-25, 2024

 

Pitzer College, Claremont, California, USA

WHAT IS THE CLAREMONT ECO FORUM?

The Claremont Eco Forum (a.k.a. the International Forum on Ecological Civilization) continues to be one of the largest forums on ecological civilization in the world. Since 2006, this annual forum has drawn together a global cohort of creative academics, activists, artists, non-profit leaders, and governmental officials who are dedicated to rethinking our society toward an ecological civilization.

We think an ecological civilization will emerge by working together. So rather than a series of one-sided lectures like most conferences, our international forum involves two types of sessions: 1) plenary dialogues featuring panels of experts from around the world, and 2) small working group where all conference attendees will have a chance to contribute ideas on the vision, values, and structures needed to build an ecological civilization. Each day will focus on a particular topic.

Scholars and practitioners who want to share more detailed and formal presentations of their work are encouraged to submit papers, articles, PowerPoints, and/or pre-recorded presentations to be uploaded to the conference website which will serve as a resource hub for those who want to know more about ecological civilization.

ABOUT THE FORUM

2023 FOCUS

Ecological Civilization moves away from modern industrial civilization. The signs of the times have demonstrated that it will be the next stage of human development. The 17th International Forum on Ecological Civilization and the 6th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization are taking place in this context. They seek to further promote ecological civilization through research and practice and effectively address current ecological crises facing global community. The forums are scheduled to be held on May 24 – May 25, 2024, in Claremont, CA.

SUB-TOPICS

  • Organic Process Thought and Ecological Civilization
  • Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization
  • Ecological Civilization and Green Development
  • Theoretical Explorations of Ecological Civilization around the World
  • Practical Explorations of Ecological Civilization around the World
  • Reflecting on Misconceptions of Western Modernization
  • Chinese style Modernization and Ecological Civilization
  • The "Second Integration" and Ecological Civilization
  • Marxism and Ecological Civilization
  • The Significance of Constructing Eco-villages for Ecological Civilization
  • The Role of Eco-communities in Constructing Ecological Civilization
  • Creative Transformation of Traditional Wisdom and Ecological Civilization
  • The Role of Science and Technology in Constructing Ecological Civilization
  • The Role of AI in Constructing Ecological Civilization
  • The Significance of Corporate Ecological Transformation for Ecological Civilization
  • The Significance of Organizational Ecological Transformation for Ecological Civilization
  • What Kinds of Educational Reforms Does Ecological Civilization Call For?
  • What Kinds of Ecological Persons Does Ecological Civilization Need?
  • The Role of Youth in Creating Ecological Civilization
  • Why Is personal Ecological Awakening Important?

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS

If you wish to present your paper at this international conference and have it included in the conference proceedings, please submit a 500-word abstract in English outlining your ideas. The deadline for abstract submission is April 18, 2024. Please email your submissions to eco-conference@postmodernchina.org.

"In academic circles we often explore problems in great depth but fail to come up with creative ways to solve problems. Consequently we end up knowing a lot about problems but little about how to solve them—so we often end up failing to make a difference. As I wrestled with this challenge it occurred to me that there are at least four questions that we might fruitfully address:

  • What do we think we know?

  • What is the narrative that informs our interpretation of the world we live in

  • What kind of difference do we want to make?

  • How can we begin to make that difference?"

Fred Kirshenmann, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience