Our Purposes

The purposes of the InterSpiritual Sustainability Council

We have remarkable opportunities as we face into the challenges that are threatening life and civilization. We have the chance to be intentional about regenerative ecosystems, communities, economies, energies, health, work, and hope for the future. The Purposes of the ISC shape creative initiatives in support of local, regional and global shifts to ecological ways of living.

This is a moment when converging trends invite us to become our best selves together. No previous generation has faced threats of such enormous complexity, scale and urgency.   Yet, many life-endangering trends can still be reversed. And the severity and impacts of others can be minimized by positive actions, both personal and collective. Our responses as global citizens can shape ways of living that make for more joy and abundance than most people and other creatures experience now.

The Interspiritual Sustainability Council works in unique ways. We ally with like-minded organizations, Indigenous elders, spiritual teachers, academics, scientists, and community leaders to support public engagement in an emerging regenerative civilization, starting right now and close to home.

To build capacity for creative engagement, the ISC contributes organizational support and learning resources (including insights from ethical, spiritual and philosophical sources) to initiatives that serve the following purposes —

  1. Grounding conduct and relationships (between human beings and with the natural world) in four regenerative moral/ethical principles:
    1. The inherent interdependence of all life
    2. The empathic “Golden Rule” of treating the earth and all others as we wish to be treated
    3. Participatory decision-making for the greater good of “seven generations,” and
    4. Respect for multiple kinds of wisdom and ways of knowing.
  1. Providing access to teachings and practices that cultivate regenerative human qualities, including:
    1. Mindfulness, respectfulness and empathy,
    2. Humility and commitment to learning
    3. Honesty, integrity and generosity,
    4. Bravery, perseverance, kindness, and
    5. Devotion to the healing of power imbalances that provoke human violence in relation to self, others and the natural world.
  1. Fostering the evolution of local, regional and global cultures that honour the regenerative values of:
    1. Ecology, interdependence and place
    2. Inclusion, compassion and equitability
    3. Unity with all life
    4. Diversity and concern for each other.
  1. Advancing cultural narratives that foster regenerative priorities, processes and practices in support of:
    1. Sustainability, resilience and health
    2. Sufficiency, cooperation and sharing
    3. Community, re-localization and de-centralization
    4. Transparent communication and public assimilation of evidence-based knowledge
    5. Sharing of diverse perspectives and ideas through dialogue, and
    6. Personal and collective growth through emancipatory reflection on self, community and societal systems.
  1. Strengthening public courage, confidence and readiness for regenerative responses to urgent planetary needs, including:
    1. Worldwide carbon emission reduction to sustain ecological processes on which life depends
    2. The restoration and protection of resilient bioregions and ecosystems (including human participants) to enhance capacity for adaptation and survival, and
    3. A rapid and inclusive transition to ecological ways of living.