OUR HISTORY

The Claremont International Forum on Ecological Civilization (a.k.a. the Claremont Eco Forum) is the earliest and largest forum on ecological civilization in the West. The mission of the forum is to bring together creative  academics, non-profit leaders, governmental officials, and leading activists, Chinese and Non-Chinese, to explore new worldviews, new way of thinking, new models of development, new way of organic farming, and new models of education in the transition toward ecological civilization. Thus far, more than 60,000 Chinese and non-Chinese have participate in the Forums and exert widespread influence.

For us an ecological civilization consists of local communities in urban and rural settings that are creative, compassionate, participatory, humane to animals, ecologically wise, and spiritually satisfying, with no one left behind.  We believe that these kinds of communities can flourish in many different parts of the world, including China, and we want to help make that happen.

This forum is an annual forum which started in 2006. Every year, there are more than 100 Chinese and non-Chinese environmentalists, scholars, government officials who participate in this forum. So far it was already held 14 years and has produced significant influence. Many Medias including The People’s Daily, Xinhua News, and International Daily have reported the forum. Some scholars published reports on this forum. During the Forum, the John Cobb Common Good Awarding ceremony was held. So far, 12 persons have received this award, they are: Sheri Liao, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Dean Freudenberger, Mark Anielski ,Zongchao Liu, Tiejun Wen, Jay McDaniel, Herman  Daly, Jinlei An, Sharon Snowiss, Shuyuan Lu, Joean Oon Siew Kee and Kongjian Yu. 

Among these recipients, Dean Freudenberger is a pioneer of regenerative agriculture in the US, and Mr. Jinlei An is a well-known Chinese organic farmer who has grown organic crops in his 40 Chinese acres for more than 20 years.

Beginning 2018, the Forum also hosted the 1st International Youth Forum on Eco-civilization as part of the 12th International Forum on Ecological Civilization. The third International Youth Forum on Eco-civilization is part of the 14th International Forum on Ecological Civilization. 

The International Eco Forum is organized by Institute for Postmodern China (www.postmodernchina.org) and Center for Process Studies (www.ctr4process.org) since 2006. Those two non-profit organizations work closed with our partners such as Pitzer College, School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont School of Theology, University of Seattle, City of Claremont, Pomona College, US-China Association of Environmental Education (UCAFEE) ,Central Bureau of Compilation &Translation of CCP, China Society for Dialectics of Nature, School of Agriculture & Rural Development at Renmin University of China, Chinese Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association, South China Institute of Environmental Science/Ministry of Environmental Protection, Guangxi Normal University Press (GROUP) ,University of Oregon (Eugene), China Ecological Civilization e-news letter, Jianghai Academic Journal, Center for Constructive Postmodernism Studies at Harbin Institute of Technology, China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, The Center for Environmental Philosophy of University of North Texas, Earth Rights Institute, Huanghe Science & Technology College, Institute of State Governance at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, JiaodaoXiaodao, EcoCiv, Budapest Center For Long-term Sustainability, EnviroLab Asia, University of La Verne and Cobb Institute to make this ecological forum a reality in the past. 

The 15th International Forum on Building Regenerative Communities of Communities  & 4th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization will be held on May 26-28, 2022, Pacific Time, fully online, its main thesis is Building Regenerative Communities of Communities of Communities. 

Recommended by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, this year's forum was  selected as the "2022 National Important Academic Conference" by the Ministry of Science and Technology. PRC.

The co-organizers and co-sponsors of this year’s forum are: 

  • Institute for the Postmodern Development of China
  • Center for Process Studies
  • Institute for Ecological Civilization
  • Budapest Centre for Long-term Sustainability, Hungary
  • Cobb Institute
  • Chinese Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association 
  • China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

Please join us to spread the voice of ecological civilization in every corner of the Earth, to make a bright future to this planet. Thank you!