Today’s dominant economic system is built on the foundations of a global industrial and financial system with immense productive capacity, but the extractive nature of which has created extreme income disparity and social injustice and wrought devastation on the natural world. Earth jurisprudence calls for us to rethink and redesign our legal, economic and political systems, so that they nurture rather than destroy the Earth community. To this end, AELA is committed to supporting the creation of new economic systems and thriving local economies, characterised by small scale, socially just enterprises and community initiatives that nurture the Earth community.
Through our Earth Economies Program, AELA is working collaboratively with civil society organisations, economists and community advocates in Australia and overseas, to explore and implement innovative, Earth centred economic projects and systems change. One of the 'practical' spaces in which we provide education about - and practical implementation of - new economic approaches, is our Bioregional Greenprints Initiative.
New Economy Network Australia (NENA)
From 2016 to 2019, AELA auspiced the creation of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA).
NENA is now an incorporated cooperative, with hundreds of individual and organisational members and thousands of people connected through our social media and e-list.
Please visit NENA's website for more details about who's involved, and upcoming events and join our Facebook Group.
Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) - global network advocating for a shift to a wellbeing economic system
AELA is an active member of WEAll, which is a collaboration of organisations, alliances, movements and individuals working towards a wellbeing economy, delivering human and ecological wellbeing.
Please visit WEAll's website for more details.
Tools for Earth Centred Economies
AELA's Greenprints and ecological limits work includes providing education about, and connecting bioregional action, to Doughnut Economics.
Read about Doughnut Economics
Read about AELA's application of Doughnut Economics within our Bioregional Greenprints Initiative.
Community Economies/Diverse Economies Frameworks
AELA engages with and applies community based, 'diverse economies' frameworks in its local community and place based work.
For more information about these approaches, please visit the Community Economics Institute and check out there resources.