The Ecological Citizen is an independent, peer-reviewed, free-to-access journal that provides a forum for inspiring and mobilizing discussion with an Earth-centred perspective. Standards issues are published twice a year, and special supplements are also published from time to time.
The publication has no financial affiliations, no publication charges and no article access fees. It is published online, with print-ready files made available for anyone wishing to print copies. The Journal is committed to ensuring ongoing availability of all published pieces as part of good archiving practice.
1 To advance ecological knowledge
2 To champion Earth-centred action
3 To inspire ecocentric citizenship
4 To promote ecocentrism in political debates
5 To nurture an ecocentric lexicon
The Ecological Citizen is an online journal that is striving to address the central issue of our time: how to halt and reverse our current ecocidal course and create an ecological civilization.
Creating a harmonious, respectful and mutually flourishing relationship with the ecosphere is the basis of such a civilization. This involves preserving and restoring biological richness, ecological complexity and evolutionary potential – as well as the beauty, mystery and integrity of Earth. Nothing less will suffice.
We are now looking global environmental collapse in the face, as our actions tear into the natural ecosystems that sustain all life, including our own, and inflict untold suffering on our fellow creatures. Countless wild animals and other life-forms are dying in the first mass extinction to be caused by a single species, while industrial husbandry condemns domestic animals to brutal exploitation. Remaining wild places, even the most remote, are all now under threat. We are behaving as a plague-species on a planetary scale.
Rather than dominating and parasitizing the biosphere, with non-human life harmed and ever-increasingly hemmed in by humans' industrial development, an ecological civilization would thrive within a preserved and restored expanse of unfragmented wild nature.
Profound changes are called for. Indeed an entirely new historical course is needed. Changes to be explored in depth include the following:
● achieving large-scale protection, restoration and rewilding of air, land and water;
● rejecting the anthropocentric construction of nature as resources;
● designing and implementing steady-state economies;
● reassessing the connections between cultures and bioregions;
● superseding the paradigm of consumerism;
● stabilizing and then lowering our global population;
● increasing the sustainability of urban living;
● rethinking food production.
We also consider necessary changes in ways of thinking and consciousness. In particular we welcome new natural and cultural narratives and cosmological stories that awaken us to Earth's sacredness, celebrate its abundant and diverse life, and rekindle humanity as a plain citizen of the ecosphere.
Opinions expressed in the Journal do not necessarily reflect those of each member of the Editorial Board.
No money is received for the placement of advertisements in the Journal.
The Journal is run with minimal costs by a staff of volunteers. The small costs that do exist are covered by small, unrestricted, private donations.
The copyright of the content belongs to the authors, artists and photographers, unless otherwise stated. (If authors, artists or photographers wish for some alternative arrangement to be put in place for their piece [e.g. assigning a Creative Commons licence to it], they can request this at the time of submission.)
The Journal reserves the right for all content to appear on its website in readable and printable format indefinitely, and the right for all published writing to be translated into other languages for further distribution. There is no limit on printing or distribution of PDFs downloaded from the website.
We encourage individuals wishing to translate pieces into other languages, to enable the Journal to reach a wider audience (as an example, some pieces from the first issue have been translated into Spanish). To contact us about this, please use the form here.
Because of the extent to which some non-ecocentric terms are embedded in the English language, it is sometimes necessary for a sentence to deviate from a perfectly ecocentric grounding. The 'natural world' and 'environment', for instance, both split humans from the rest of nature but in some cases are very difficult to avoid without creating overly complex phrases. For usage notes relating to terms such as these, when they appear in the Journal, along with other language considerations, please visit the page here.
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Information on how the data of email subscribers and signatories to the Statement of Commitment to Ecocentrism is used can be read here.