Section V: Ecological Civilization

Dean Freudenberger – moderator 

The objective of the track (workshop)

 When human beings began to plough, they began to degrade and deplete the soil. Now its exhaustion is in plain view! This track will ponder how we can learn from nature in order to produce food while at the same time enrich the soil. The discussion will explore how this urgent transformation can be made in order to mimic the regenerative process of natural ecosystem. The objective is to envision agriculture as an ecologically enhancing and a socially and economically just human endeavor.


Friday, June 5


Plenary for Section V, 11:00 – 12:30

            “What can we hope for?”

Sandra Lubarsky – Appalachian State University, Department of Sustainable Development, Boone, North Carolina


Session 1: 2:00 – 3:30

            Jia Weilei, Vice-president of the Beijing Ecological Civilization Academy


Session 2: 4:00 – 5:30

“Dirt: the Erosion of Civilization”

David Montgomery, University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Science, Seattle, Washington



Saturday, June 6


Session 3: 11:00 – 12:30

            “New Roots for Agriculture: Perennialsim and Its Promise”

                        Wes Jackson

                        Founder and president, The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas


Session 4: 2:00 – 3:00

“Integral Agriculture: Taking Seriously the Farmer and the Life-world of the Beings on the Farm”       

                        Travis Cox

                        Assistant professor, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa



Session 5: 4:00-5:30

            “Local Community Empowerment in Norway”

                        Dag Jorund Lonning

                        Norwegian University, College for Agriculture and Rural Development,

                        Stavanger, Norway 



Sunday, June 7                                                                                                                                                                                          

Session 6: 11:00 – 12:30

            “Envisioning an Ecological Agriculture: Illustrations from Australia

David Freudenberger, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra,


Session 7: 2:00 – 3:30

            “Public Education Outside”

                        Ron Mittino, Dessa D’Quila and Lynne Juarez

Sustainable Claremont Schools Action Group, Claremont Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District


Session 8: 4:00 – 5:30

            “Regenerative Studies in Higher Education”

                        Douglas Kent, lecturer, John Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

                        California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California




“The final requirement of an ecological agriculture is an evolved conscious human being whose attitude toward nature is that of co-existence … not exploitation”


            Miguel Altieri. Agroecology: The Scientific Basis of Alternative Agriculture. Boulder, CO

            Westview Press, 1987, p. 199.