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Common Earth Insights:
Developing a Systemic Understanding of Climate Change

A cross-disciplinary exploration of the root causes of and solutions to the climate crisis.

Common Earth Academy offers a multi-dimensional program on environment and sustainable development to address questions surrounding how we might move to a caring society that puts carbon in its place. Common Earth Academy's comprehensive program deepens participants' understanding of climate and socio-economic issues from a broad perspective. Here we see the interconnection and dependencies of seemingly disparate issues. By examining the role of thought in our human experience, one discovers how to think more creatively and with greater clarity to approach our concerns, including the climate crisis.

The elements of our program include:

Intensive Study

The study program is a holistic examination of various factors necessary to fully engage in the emerging post-carbon, caring society.

Learning occurs through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussions and self-study using online courses, readings and videos. 

Each topic covered will relate to the question: "How can we move to the emerging caring society that puts carbon in its place."

Participant reading texts.


Part of Common Earth's commitment to a new awareness is seen in its efforts to gain a deep understanding of the current economic system that holds the obstructions to the emergence of the post-carbon caring society. As new relevant information is brought to light, it is translated into content and integrated into the Common Earth curriculum

Experiential Projects

People will gain new insights as a result of their participation in the program. We believe it is vital for participants to solidify their insights by undertaking some form of volunteer project. The project could be in their local community or helping the Common Earth community to grow.


We have adopted DaisyWorld to help represent places that are either making a positive or a negative impact on the climate. An interactive Google Earth map features instances of contributors to the climate crisis with an environmental hazard symbol.  Places combatting climate change are represented with a white daisy because white reflects the suns heat and cools the planet.


Common Earth exemplifies the emerging caring society by continuously engaging and equipping its staff and participants thus creating a positive, reinforcing feedback loop to grow the people to heal the earth.

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.

- Lily Tomlin

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