Common Earth is cultivating the worldwide community of practitioners, funders and political leaders engaged in activities that regenerate ecosystems across the Commonwealth.
These groups have diverse areas of expertise that include restoration ecology, holistic land management, regenerative development, agroecology, open-source and appropriate technologies, permaculture, ecological art, sustainable design, regenerative finance, and education for sustainable development among others. Importantly, they demonstrate how humans have the know-all and capacity to heal Earth’s natural infrastructure and also create equitable, thriving futures for everyone on the planet.
Common Earth provides a platform for connecting these groups and nurturing the conditions for transformational relationship to unfold. While these groups engage in a range of activities they align at the highest level: the belief that humans can, in fact, collectively heal and regenerate the planet and life web.
A Growing Culture
Kenya, Uganda & India
A Growing Culture works to advance a culture of farmer autonomy and agro-ecological innovation. The organization works closely with smallholder farmers and farmer-led organizations, coalitions, and agrarian grassroots movements to support local innovation as a way to safeguard biodiversity, regenerate soils, and promote food sovereignty.
Center for the Study of the Force Majeure
Scotland & Worldwide
We are a freestanding educational and research center established in 2012 by the Arts Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Center addresses rapid planetary warming in its most destructive manifestations. To do this, we design entropy-reducing ecological mitigation systems at the scale they present. The Center brings together artists, scientists, engineers, planners and visionaries to design ecosystem-adaptation works in regions around the world that are nearing critical tipping points due to climate warming. Founded by Helen and Newton Harrison, internationally acclaimed artists and pioneers in the ecological art movement, the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure is built on a hybrid model operating between art and the sciences that ignores traditional boundaries between academic disciplines.
We find solutions based on asking questions of the life web itself and by listening carefully to the answers that result. We use metaphors to guide design, challenge our thinking and provide a unique perspective from which to begin. Typically the center’s work seeks to regenerate systems in the life web that are most stressed or weakened by industrial processes. We find ourselves in this frame asking and setting out to answer such questions as these: what can we do about a million square km drought in Europe? Or what are appropriate responses to fire happening in 150 million acres in the American west? Or how to accommodate a three-meter ocean rise impacting the bays of San Francisco and the Central Valley of California?
South Africa & Australia
Commonland® believes that landscape restoration offers large untapped opportunities for sustainable economic development. To demonstrate this potential, the company develops landscape restoration projects that are based on business cases. Commonland’s holistic restoration approach combines and connects natural and economic landscape zones and delivers 4 returns®.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
Ecosystem Restoration Camps was founded by a movement of people who wanted an action-based solution to address accelerating climate change. Its mission is to work with local communities and international volunteers to build camps that transform bare, deserted landscapes into lush, abundant, life-giving ecosystems.
Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Bangladesh, India, Canada & Australia
Gaia Education is an international NGO working in partnership with UNESCO’s Global Action Programme in Education for Sustainable Development. Our programmes provide students of all ages and cultural backgrounds with knowledge and skills to design a thriving society. All our face-to-face and online learning programmes are structured around a 4-dimensional whole systems design framework that integrates the social, ecological, economic and worldview (cultural) dimensions of design for sustainability. Our capacity building programmes have reached more than 17k learners from 109 different countries since Gaia Education was launched in 2005. Our graduates become Changemakers, capable of playing active roles in transitioning their communities to sustainable and regenerative practices, lifestyles and infrastructures.
Global Coral Reef Alliance
Jamaica, Grenada, & Worldwide
The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a small non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research and sustainable management of the most valuable and threatened of all ecosystems—coral reefs. GCRA is a worldwide coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists and other individuals and organizations, committed to coral reef preservation. We primarily focus on coral reef restoration, and cutting-edge research on impacts of coral bleaching, global warming, marine diseases, global sea level rise, and pollution on corals.
Global Fishing Watch
Global Fishing Watch (GFW) is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the sustainability of our oceans through increased transparency. By harnessing cutting edge technology, the GFW mapping platform provides a powerful tool for ocean governance, empowering anyone to view or download data and investigate global fishing activity in near real-time, for free. GFW was founded in 2015 through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth and Google.
Global Village for Appropriate Technology
Global Village is a non-profit organization created in 1974 and chartered as a tax-exempt charity in 1985 for the purpose of researching promising new technologies that could benefit humanity in environmentally friendly ways. The philosophy of the Institute is that emerging technologies that link the world together are not ethically neutral, but often have long-term implications for viability of natural systems, human rights and our common future.
GVI directly restores balances in the oceans and atmosphere by marrying the many drawdown methods and technologies to the sustainable development goals, building community-led initiatives that organize from bottom up to draw carbon down. Among the organizations sponsored by GVI are the Global Ecovillage Network (EU), Plants for a Future (UK), Regrarians (Australia), Gaia University (UK), Marda Permaculture Farm (Palestine), Permaculture Association (UK), Continental Bioregional Congress (Canada), Elora Heritage Resort (India), and Thlolego (South Africa). GVI programs are about closing the circle; returning CO2 from sky to earth, recovering energy and nutrients from wastes, regenerating human communities and all their relations.
IORA Ecological Solutions
IORA Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is an environmental advisory group with expertise in natural resource conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation. Founded in 2009, IORA’s multi-disciplinary expertise in finance, policy advisory and scientific research alongside the firm’s experience and proven ability to design and implement projects across the globe, enables us to offer an integrated and effective platform for large scale ecosystem conservation projects leading to our emergence as a domain leader in India.
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Australia, UK, Canada, Belize, The Bahamas, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Seychelles & South Africa
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Leonardo DiCaprio is currently working on a restorative island project on the Blackadore Caye Island of Belize.
New Zealand, Canada, Nigeria
Regenesis is a world leader in the field of regenerative development—an approach to land use, community development, and the built environment that has defined the leading edge of sustainability practice for more than two decades. Those looking to advance the field of sustainability have taken up a powerful challenge. Aiming beyond the goal to do less harm, these pioneers are committed to proving that human activity can be a source of health and regeneration, rather than destruction and degradation. Regenesis helps developers, land-owners, and community stewards live up to this promise by aligning their projects with the complex working of natural systems in order to harmonize and evolve with nature.
Pakistan, UK, Canada, Australia, Kenya, and South Africa
For centuries we believed livestock were a major cause of desertification, but Savory’s research showed that the cause lay in how those livestock were managed. His solution involved mimicking the behavior of the formerly vast herds of wild grazing animals he had witnessed as a young biologist. He devised a simple method any pastoralist can use to move massive amounts of carbon and water from the atmosphere back to the soil and begin reversing thousands of years of human-caused desertification – on the scale required, which no technology imaginable can accomplish. In the process, we can feed more people and enhance societal well-being.
Stefano Boeri Architetti
Based in Milan, with offices in Shanghai and Tirana, Stefano Boeri Architetti (Boeri Studio until 2008) since 1993 has been dedicated to the research and practice mainly in architecture and urbanism, but also in the cultural, design and interior design fields. “Multiplicity” is the guideline that has oriented for over 20 years a polyhedral activity, branching through project themes and across social and urban geographies worldwide.
Such approach has allowed the Studio to acquire a strongly defined identity and become a point of reference for biodiversity and sustainable architecture, social housing, strategic urban development at different scales, at an Italian and International level. Stefano Boeri Architetti’s work ranges from the production of urban visions to the design of architectures and open spaces, including several waterfronts, such as Naples, Trieste, Genoa, La Maddalena, Doha, Marseilles and Thessaloniki, with a constant focus on the geopolitical and environmental implications of urban phenomena.
The focus on the relationship between city and nature leads to the creation of Vertical Forest, the first prototype of a sustainable residential building with facades covered with trees and plants: a model of metropolitan reforestation that conceives vegetation as an essential element of architecture. Introducing the concept of biodiversity in architecture, Boeri works on the development of the Milanese model and on Urban forestry. He presented his project of Forest City in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), becoming one of the main actors in the debate on climate change in the field of international architecture.