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Nurturing Earth-centred Ethics in a Changing World

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November 2021

Butterfly held in child's hands

AELA's 2021 Earth Ethics Conference is a hybrid event

  • You can participate entirely online for both days, or
  • You can participate online on Day 1 (Friday 26th November), and join us ‘in person’ on Day 2 (Saturday 27th November), at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is pleased to be hosting our Biennial Earth Ethics Conference from 26-27 November 2021. 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 can we build Earth-centred ethics in Australian society?
  • What barriers prevent people from developing and maintaining an Earth-centred ethic? How do we address these barriers?
  • Has the disruptive effects of COVID19 created a stronger or weaker Earth-centred ethic in Australian society? What can we learn from the pandemic, and what can we do to enhance care for the Earth in uncertain times?

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 systemic 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 changing world. The COVID-19 Pandemic, climate change, and the global ecological crisis are forcing human societies to face ever increasing environmental, psychological and spiritual challenges. We need highly engaged communities if we are to address these challenges and begin to realise new and exciting alternatives to create a sustainable future in a climate changed world.

Don’t miss this important discussion about environmental education, eco-spirituality, Earth ethics and the role of the human spirit in building a brighter future.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – to be submitted by 31 July 2021

AELA’s 2021 Biennial Earth Ethics Conference invites proposals that address any of the following themes will include the following:

  • Perspectives and approaches from Indigenous and 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

Proposals can include:

  • Academic papers (15 minutes)
  • Panels, peer-to-peer training sessions and workshops (50 minutes)
  • Discussion groups and yarning circles (25 & 50 minutes)
  • Performances, artistic, and experiential activities (5, 10 or 20 minutes)
  • Side events – e.g. arts activities and installations

For more information or any inquiries, please email:



Submit your Proposal