ICA’s vision is to bring forth an Earth honoring, life-affirming human presence on this planet.
Inner Climate Academy (ICA) provides spaces for inner reflection & inquiry, collaborative research & dialogue, and facilitated explorations that lead to personal and societal transformation of our relationship with the living Earth.
Is to nurture a cultural shift from capitalist consumer culture to a regenerative culture where humans experience themselves as part of a multi-species world.
While there are many organisations, groups, and individuals working toward solving the climate crisis, mainly focusing on technical and policy solutions, our goal is to bring focus and attention to the fundamental shift that needs to happen – the transformation of our relationship with the Earth- to move away from the transactional nature to one that is relational with all of life; and to apply this to climate adaptation and resilience projects on the ground
- Global, cross-cultural exchanges, dialogues, and inner inquiry on ecocentric perspectives and indigenous worldviews :
Engaging with emerging climate leaders globally to introduce ecocentric perspectives and indigenous worldviews, through experiential processes, dialogues, talks by Indigenous leaders, ecologists & academics; and to explore how it can transform their projects, climate solutions, community adaptation & resilience strategies.
- Cultural bridge building in India to include and amplify Indigenous voices in the climate dialogue:
Building a bridge between Indigenous peoples and non-indigenous peoples in India, in an ethical, reciprocal, just, decolonial, equitable, and non-extractive way, to share knowledge and support each other to nurture regenerative living, biocultural diversity, and community resilience; Engaging Indigenous women leaders through our programs to learn from, and to help amplify their powerful stories of resistance, and earth conservation and ecological rejuvenation.
- Local, place-based community climate action programmes that incorporate ecocentric perspectives and traditional ecological knowledge:
Engaging with local communities on place-based ecological awareness and climate action programmes, that integrate local traditional ecological knowledge, ecocentric perspectives, and information about global ecological and climate crises, and co-designed community adaptation projects.
- Facilitated community engagements to develop collective emotional resilience:
Engaging with the community to bear witness to, and collectively engage in deep introspection about ecological loss that is ongoing at an unprecedented level on our planet; and to find pathways to emotional resilience, collective strength, and active hope.
- Develop a knowledge repository on incorporating ecocentric perspectives, indigenous thinking and emotional resilience-building into climate adaptation strategies, action plans and implementation:
Developing shareable knowledge products through implementing action research frameworks for all our programmes, to document and analyse observations, learnings and insights from each cycle.
” If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced that it will be by ordinary people….
People whose love for this life is greater than their fear.
Action isn’t a burden to be hoisted up and lugged around on our shoulders. It is something we are.
The work we have to do can be seen as a kind of coming alive.
More than some moral imperative, it is an awakening to our true nature, a releasing of our gifts”
– Joanna Macy
Inner Climate Academy (ICA)
ICA is a project of Social Entrepreneurship Association, a unit of the Auroville Foundation.