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Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges

2 Day Conference
Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019

ACU, 115 Victoria Parade , Fitzroy, Victoria 3065


Join us for a thought-provoking two-day conference that will bring people together from a range of fields - including earth ethics, environmental education, Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental psychology, deep ecology, arts, law, science, business, religion and eco-spirituality - to address our central questions:

  • How do we build Earth-centred ethics in Australia?
  • What barriers prevent people from developing and maintaining an Earth-centred world view?
  • How do we address these barriers?

The way we think about ourselves and understand our world informs the governance systems that guide our societies, so our ethical world view is a critical part of the roots for larger change. Earth Ethics orient people towards recognising the interconnected systems of life that we are part of, and in turn help us reflect, make decisions and act in a way that nurtures rather than destroys the living world.

The Conference aims to help people learn and share information about how Earth-centred ethics 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.

Conference Organising Committee

  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA). Email: convenor [at]
  • Fatih Erol Tuncer, Executive Member of the Australian Intercultural Society and former Project Officer to the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University.
  • Dr Brian Adams, Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University. Email: b.adams[at]

Key Dates

  • Call for Participation opens March 2019, closes on 30 July 2019
  • Program available early August 2019
  • Registration opens March 2019
  • Conference is hosted Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019
  • Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 28th November 2019




Conference Themes

The conference themes include the following:

  • Perspectives and approaches from First Nations Peoples
  • Earth-centred ethics – with a focus on applied ethics in our daily personal and professional lives
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental psychology
  • Faith, eco-spirituality and eco-theology
  • Environmental rights and Earth laws
  • Earth-centred economies, farming and sustainable business practices
  • Science, conservation and climate change
  • Arts and creative imagining

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