Green Cultures Book- Invitation to write


Lake Constance, Germany – Photo taken by Nelly Eysholdt

Call for Papers and Book Chapters: rrrinvitation-to-write-in-our-new-booknellymk3


This book addresses the following areas:


Section A: Introduction to cultural ideas and literatures

  1. -Culture as it is developing in the 21st century

Nelly Eysholdt ( Germany)

  1. The rising tide of green culture and culture

It will explore what green actually means, how different groups are using the term differently. how greens see themselves and their culture within it and how it is perceived from outside

Movement or Political Party

-By David Taylor

  1. It will explore environmental culture and environmentalism
  2. It will explore sustainability and its surrounding culture
  3. It will explore todays complex relationships with ethics
  4. Green Economics develops into culture


Section B: The anthropology of green culture

  1. Green cultures around the world
  2. Competing and diverse Green Narratives around the world

– Greening or Growing – Conflicting Paradigms in Chinese Business Ethics

By Dr Hans-Guenter Wagner (China & Germany)

  1. Green History of Modern Times: Key Influencers

By Sandy Irvine (UK)

  1. Anthropology and Archaeopaleontology
  2. Biology and ecology
  3. Prehistoric evolution and changing narratives about what it is to be human
  4. After the ice, and human culture and climate change in historic and prehistoric times
  5. Green Philosophies, foundations and roots

– Eastern Ethics

By Dr Hans-Guenter Wagner (China & Germany)

-Green Economics and The Hindu Ethics of Economic Action

-By Dr Hans – Guenter Wagner (China and Germany)

– Ecological Values and Bhuddism

By Laszlo Zsolnai (Hungary)

– The Pre-moral Problem in Environmental Ethics

By W. Thomas Duncanson (Australia)

– Green Values, Religion and Secularism

Nuala Ahern Chair Green Foundation Ireland (Ireland0

– Christian Theology and Environmental Care

By Rev Jennifer Brown

  1. Green culture in practise

-Green Film

By Sandy Irvin

Green Culture

By Thomas Duncanson

  1. Human culture and land use, and landscapes and human culture and nature
  2. Literatures of change and transition to Green Economics


Section C: Sustainability

  1. Sustainability as culture
  2. Sustainability in theory
  3. Sustainability in practise
  4. Sustainability as counter culture
  5. Sustainability as greenwash
  6. Sustainable Economics in History: A Model for a Green Future

By Professor Hans-Günter Wagner (China & Germany)

  1. Literatures of change and transition to sustainability


Section D: Greenwash culture

  1. Main stream counter culture as backlash
  2. Greenwash culture
  3. Power elites as counter culture
  4. Economics as counter culture
  5. How Philosophy Can Help the Green Movement: By Undercutting “Greenwashed” Economics

By Dr Rupert Read (UK)

  1. Literatures of change and transition


Section E: Growth, industrialisation, accumulation and high mass consumption

  1. Twentieth century cultures
  2. High mass consumption
  3. Capital Accumulation – How Growth is Built into Capitalism

Nelly Eysholdt (Germany)

  1. Industrialisation of work
  2. Industrialisation of killing and violence
  3. Waste and trash and unwanted goods – trashing the planet
  4. The Tragedy of the commons. Why we are not being careful enough

By Clive Lord

  1. Karl Polanyi on Ethics: Conceptualizing Social Justice

By Professor Maria Alejandra Madi (Brazil)


Section F: The development of new cultural norms

  1. The development of new cultural norms
  2. The development of green as a cultural norm
  3. The development of sustainability as a new norm in the 21st century
  4. The development of science as a culture
  5. The development of survivabililty as a cultural norm in the 21st century
  6. The development of post oil and fossil fuel divestment as a new kind of culture
  7. Acceptance as a new culture
  8. Cultural attachment theory and the difficulty of making a change

By Henry Fieglar (Canada)

  1. Questioning ‘Environmental Sustainability’: Toward a ‘route map’ for developing an ecologically orientated philosophy of ‘Environmental Justice’

By Professor Michael Benfield (Wales)


Section G: Creating a new narrative of cooperation and common purpose

  1. 21st century new narratives

Emotional sustainability – a cross disiplinary concept for socio ecological transition

Dr Enrico Tezza (Italy)

  • Socio ecological transformation

Miriam Kennet (first published in German in Germany)

– Education for a sustainable world

Dr Delyse Springett (New Zealand)

  1. The Economics of the Anthropocene

By Sir Crispin Tickell

  1. Gifting: The New Approach to Economy

Manan Jain (India)

  1. Survival – a cooperative project
  2. Learning to revalue nature

By Kristof and Stacia Nordin ( Africa)

  1. Sucessful species characteristics – can we adopt them
  2. What is a human ?
  3. Rethinking culture




To be able to empathetically engage in discussions about attitudes towards sustainability and to develop incentives and strategies for change, we need to understand the cultural and philosophical foundations of green culture and sustainability. What connections and causalities between cultures, philosophies and attitudes towards sustainability can we find? What is green culture and how can we spread ideas about green culture to achieve change?

To answer our questions, we need to look at different regions of the earth, at different cultural areas and groups, at their various traditions, ethics, values and philosophies of life and explore their green cultures and philosophies.


Papers, Chapters and Case Studies could include the following themes and more:


  • Green Culture and its Roots: What is green culture, which philosophies, ethical groundworks and values is it based on…?


  • Green Culture, Sustainability, Environmentalism: How can we differentiate between these terms; what are their underlying ideas and consequences for actions?


  • The Disparity of Green Culture in Theory and in Practice: From religions to philosophies to rationalities; the cultural foundations of sustainable (and unsustainable) thinking


  • A History of Green Culture: Where and when did peoples live sustainably? What were and are the underlying principles, ethics, morals, ideas…?


  • Green Culture and Religions: What sustainable ideas can we find in the world‘s religions? How do they affect today‘s cultures, societal systems and economies, also in regard to growing secularism?


  • The Green Culture of Indigenous/Ecosystem Peoples: From the Easter Islands to Native Americans; the works of ecological anthropologists and ethnologists like Roy Rappaport, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, Claude Lévi-Strauss etc…


  • Business Cultures: How can green culture be implemented in an organisation‘s cultural and philosophical foundations…?


  • Success Stories: How can cultural change be managed and achieved? Case studies, guides, examples…



The Green Economics Institute is very active in spreading Green Economics around the world, at all levels and in all walks of life, where our work is attracting a great deal of interest. We are bringing this experience together in one unique contributed volume about The Cultures and Philosophies of Sustainability and hearing voices from the Green Economics International Network which gave rise to this policy creation, implementation, campaigning and academic movement.

The book will include all sorts of voices, authors and people from all walks of life including the global leaders in this field with a number of high profile specialists.


We would be pleased to receive papers ready to put into our chapters on any of the above themes or ideas for them.




Instructions for Submission

We welcome diverse contributions and we especially welcome and help with contributions from new writers and other ideas. The writing can be anything from two A4 pages or more; ideally between 2 and 10 pages each. We will mix academic, institutional, research, polemic, simple and more complex writing, political, policy makers, government academic, campaigning, institutional and business styles of writing, as this mix of styles, registers and experiences is much more exciting to read.


We are especially keen to receive papers on any aspect of green issues, or economic issues from any and all individual country/countries in the world and papers dealing with regional, local, national and cross border and cross cutting themes too. We will accept sections, whole chapters, subsections and papers.

Contributions can be of a practical, theoretical or philosophical or research, policy, implementation, case study, examples, best practice, or campaigning nature. 

Please ensure you give citations for any items you have not written yourself and photos must all be attributed to whoever took them. References must be Harvard style and we do not accept footnotes. Please ask for further information or guidance if you need it. Please ensure you do not infringe anyone else’s copyright.


We look forward to hearing from you very soon and to your writing for this exciting project. We are very happy to advise you about your possible contribution, so do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are going to write, please let us know now by emailing as we are currently compiling the book


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