The ethos of earth-care acknowledges the human responsibility for stewardship of the living earth. It is ultimately about compassion not only for the human but also for the more than human world. It seeks an equitable and sustainable balance between anthropocentric, biocentric and geocentric drives by ensuring that human activity does not exploit natural resources beyond the earth’s bearing capacity, respects the health of valuable ecosystems and does not result in cruelty to sentient creatures.

The principles of earth-care should inform the manufacture and provision of all goods and services including both architecture and urbanism. The exercise of the principles of earth-care will ensure that human activity, artefacts and technology integrate with natural systems such that human settlements do not undermine the viability of other species or ecosystems.

Earth-care is a life management and design discipline focussed on a full, equitable and authentic empowerment of the human spirit. Earth-care principles can be found in the notion of sustainability. In addition to design codes such as Passivhaus, BREEAM and LEED, there are also a number of established design and life strategies that incorporate many earth-care principles, such as ecological design, long life-low energy-loose fit design, resource efficient design (RED) and permaculture.

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