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Earth Ethics

AELA is committed to supporting the growth of Earth centred ethics among individuals, communities and organisations in Australia.

We launched our Earth Ethics program in December 2017, in conjunction with our conference in Brisbane, titled 'Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Action'.


AELA’s Earth Ethics Program aims to help people learn and share information about how Earth centred life can be nurtured and built in a time of global ecological crisis and how human societies can continue to build hope and resilience as we face ever increasing environmental, psychological and spiritual challenges.

Earth centred Ethics represent an alternative way of understanding ourselves and the world that breaks from the current dominant/mainstream paradigm of humans as separate and individually oriented. Instead, Earth Ethics aims to orient people towards recognising the delicately interconnected systems of life that live through us, and support each and every one of us. We believe that the ways we think about ourselves, and understand the world, inform the governance systems that guide our societies, so we view our projects and dialogue in this area as being a critical part of the roots for larger change. The AELA Earth Ethics community is interested in nurturing and developing Earth centred approaches to change, through understanding wisdom and insights from First Nations Perspectives, the arts, psychology, philosophy, faith and spirituality and education.


For more information or to get involved as an AELA volunteer, please email

Opportunities to get involved

    The Earth Ethics team is currently creating an amazing online publication called ‘Earth Ethics 2018’, The publication will be available on the AELA website, will include written articles and links to multi-media material, and it will be updated every two years. The publication follows on from the successful ‘Inspiring Earth Ethics’ Conference, held in Brisbane in November 2017, and the 2018 publication will draw together papers from the 2017 conference, as well as additional material from interested contributors.
  • We are also working on developing formal and informal platforms for continuing dialogue around the key thematic areas we have identified within Earth Ethics: First Nations Perspectives, Eco-Psychology, Environmental Education, Arts, Faith and Eco-spirituality, Philosophy and Law and Governance.
  • Plans are already underway for our 2019 Inspiring Earth Ethics Conference, which will be held at the end of November in 2019. More details will be available later this year.

Past Projects

In November 2017, AELA hosted the Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Action Conference, at Griffith University in Brisbane. Check out details here. This conference was a culmination of research into Earth Ethics from across spheres and key content will be explored in our upcoming publication and further at our next conference.

Since 2014, AELA has also hosted a series of workshops and seminars focused on aspects of ecospirituality with partners in Brisbane, Melbourne and the Blue Mountains. Some of these events have included:

  • 14 May 2016, Brisbane – “A Walk with a Difference in Toohey Forest”.  Evening seminar.
  • Tuesday 27 October 2016, Brisbane – “The significance of the Pope’s Encyclical“. Evening seminar.
  • 5th September 2015, Blue Mountains – “Cosmic Walk“, 1 day event co-hosted by Pagaian Cosmology.
  • 18 August 2015, Melbourne -“Exploring Ecospirituality: Faith, Earth Ethics and Professional Life” – Evening seminar, co-hosted with Earth Song. 
  • 23 June 2015, Brisbane – “Nurturing a Spiritual Approach to Climate Change”. Evening seminar.
  • 23 March 2015, Brisbane – ‘Exploring Ecospirituality in Harmony Week’. 
  • 11th December 2015, Brisbane – “Journey of the Universe: Film Night and Discussion” – Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University.
  • 22 November, 2014 – Perth.  1 day “Exploring Ecospirituality“ workshop.
  • 25 July, 2014 – Brisbane  – 1 day ‘Exploring Ecospirituality Workshop. This workshop explored ecocentrism and ecospirituality from indigenous, Buddhist, Islamic, Pagan, Christian and secular points of view.  100 people joined us for the presentations and the day also featured open space and small group discussions. 

Further ways to engage – ongoing research and collaborative events

We’re engaged in researching ideas, collaborating across the country and around the world, working with interns and volunteers, and developing new projects in conjunction with AELA members. These are the main areas we focus on and we’d be happy to talk to you about research and collaborative opportunities:

Research on Earth Ethics

Deepening our awareness of the insights from areas such as First Nations Perspectives, Eco-Psychology and Philosophy on Earth Ethics. This in order to inform our understanding of what sorts of approaches, settings, collaborations and methods of dialogue are conducive to activating ways of living that are in line with an Earth centred ethic.

Research and development of Earth Ethics Education projects

Building our understanding of where and how effectively Earth Ethics education is currently being implemented within Australia

Collaborative Events

Ideas and energy around creating and realising Earth Ethics events that bring together folks from a diverse range of areas


For more information or to get involved as an AELA volunteer, please email