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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


Register via our Eventbrite page - click here

Early bird rates until 12 August

  • $200 Standard
  • $100 Concession

Registration after 12 August 2019

  • $250 Standard
  • $140 Concession





Call for Participation—Proposals due by 30 July 2019

We invite all prospective participants to be creative with your proposals and we welcome academic papers, interactive workshops, discussion groups, experiential activities and other forms of expression or ritual. Although we have invited some speakers in advance, the final program will depend upon what you submit.

The nine focus areas of the conference will inform the structure of the plenary and breakout sessions. The focus areas are:

  • 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

Participation Options

The following types of participation are invited:

  • Academic papers – 15 minutes for presentations, followed by time for questions and discussion (Panel proposals are also welcome – 50 minutes in total will be allocated to panels)
  • Discussion groups - 50 minutes in total
  • Short performances or interventions – 25 minutes in total
  • Mini-workshops or facilitated practices – 25 minutes
  • ‘Side’ events that could be run on the day/evening before or after the conference
  • Any other creative ideas!

How to Submit Your Proposal for Participation

Please fill out our online proposal form by 30 July 2019. We require a 200 word summary of your proposal  + 100 word biography.

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