Our History

The Claremont International Forum on Ecological Civilization 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 alternative paradigms for the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet.

Rethinking human civilizational through an ecological lens means taking a comprehensive approach to address the complex and interconnected social/environmental challenges we face. This comprehensive orientation involves reimagining and redesigning all aspects of human society for the flourishing of life in all its forms. This requires new mental modes--new values and worldviews--to inform and guide new systems and structures (systems of production and consumption, systems of farming, economic systems, political systems, systems of education, etc.). Together, these ecological values with ecological systems form an alternative paradigm to modern industrial civilization: the foundations of an ecological civilization.

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 event which started in 2006. Every year, there are more than 100 environmentalists, scholars, and government officials from around the world who participate. The impact of the previous 13 forums has been significant--especially in China. Many news outlets, including The People’s Daily, Xinhua News, and International Daily have reported on the forum. Some scholars have published research reports on this forum. The John Cobb Common Good Award is presented in conjunction with the Claremont Eco Forum. So far, 12 persons have received this award, including: Sheri Liao, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Dean Freudenberger, Mark Anielski, Zongchao Liu, Tiejun Wen, Jay McDaniel, Herman Daly, Jinlei An, Sharon Snowiss, Shuyuan Lu, and Joean Oon Siew Kee.

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 in 2018, the International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization has been held as part of the International Forum on Ecological Civilization. The purpose of developing a specific Youth forum was to create a platform for university students and future leaders from around the world to come together around a life-affirming vision toward a world that works for all. Holding these two forums together allows integration of Youth in the larger discussion, while also leaving space for youth-only dialogues. The 3rd International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization is part of the 14th International Forum on Ecological Civilization.

The International Forum on Ecological Civilization has been organized by Institute for Postmodern China (www.postmodernchina.org) and Center for Process Studies (www.ctr4process.org) since 2006. Past forms has been made possible through the support of partners such as Pitzer College, 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, 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, EnviroLab Asia, University of La Verne, and Pando Populus.

The 14th International Forum on Ecological Civilization & 3rd International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization will be held on May 21-26, 2021 online, its main theme is Ecological Civilization and Organic Communitarianism. Please join us to spread the voice of ecological civilization in every corner of the Earth, to make a bright future for this planet. Thank you!