The Ecocity World Summit series focuses on key actions cities and citizens can take to rebuild our human habitat in balance with living system. In the process we seek to slow down and even reverse climate change, biodiversity collapse, loss of wilderness habitat, agricultural lands and open space, and social and environmental injustices.
The ECWS affirms that city design, planning, building and maintenance must respond creatively, appropriately and effectively to world conditions at both the local and global levels. It holds at its core the protection of large and richly functioning forests, grasslands, wetlands, open waters, and glaciers. We understand principles such as limits on a finite planet, ecological overshoot and the implications of the ecological footprint. All these concepts are basic background material to our programs and help guide our conference design and development process, selection of presenters, panelists, workshops, tours and exhibits.
In Summary: the Ecocity World Summit aims to unite people through a new way of living on the planet that provides the best possible cities while enhancing, not destroying, the biosphere.
In addition to promoting the creation of the ecocity, the ECWS objectives include the following:
The ECWS seeks to instigate meaningful change as opposed to empty agreements and declarations. To this end, we emphasize intelligent balance of large and important tr-ansformational tasks and smaller, tangible steps.
We seek solutions over all scales—from the single technology that may contribute to healthier built communities, to redesigns of a whole city system; from the small Ecovillage and Ecotown to the Ecocity.
The ECWS series aspires to provide the best information to its participants relative to their interests. It aims to connect people of a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines and crosscutting projects associated with the conferences’ major themes. The ECWS strives to give equal voice to the individual citizen and small community as to government and intellectual leaders. Our chief objective is to facilitate outcomes,including new and refreshed partnerships and collaborations that help build and run the healthy city of the future.
The conference series serves to spotlight the best in the ecocity offerings of the host city and to bring them enhanced success in their