A New Story for the Earth: De-mystifying Earth Jurisprudence

The Gaia Foundation

June 2019

As a cultural historian, Thomas Berry reminded us that civilisations which grow rapidly by destroying their life support system, collapse rapidly too. What is required of us now, he insisted, is to transform from a human-centred to an Earth-centred way of being in the world; from breaking to complying with the inherent, living laws and limits of life on our planet. This is what he called Earth Jurisprudence.

This Earth Jurisprudence is the guiding principle of a new story that is also very ancient. It is a story in which humans re-establish a mutually-enhancing way of being with our living planet, who we are born of and to who we return.

To celebrate Thomas Berry's legacy, this interactive story explores what Earth Jurisprudence is, where it comes from and its critical importance now and for future generations of all species, as we stand at a cross roads unprecedented in human history.

Read the full interactive story here.