The Ecozoic as Our Omega Point:
Applications to Law and Energy
Herman Greene, March 10 and 12, 2021
For Teilhard de Chardin evolution is the general condition to which all other theories . . . must bow.” He saw in evolution a process of synthesis and organization, a creative unification of diverse beings in systems and of systems. This centering aspect he called omega and he saw everything moving to a point of ultimate unification, not in the sense of fusion but in the sense that our human bodies are centers of diverse entities and systems, and our consciousness enlarges to encompass many worlds. For Chardin the future is promise, though one realized through loss, suffering, and evil as well as growth, bliss, and the good. Berry drawing on Chardin viewed the present transition in the functioning of Earth as a gateway to a greater unity, which he called the Ecozoic era. Berry’s work is an exposition of the human role in the realization of this era. A challenge for followers of Berry is applying his concepts to particular situations, including policies and institutional reform. In this session, Herman Greene, will discuss how he did this in co-authoring the just released legal textbook on Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law—A Guide for Practitioners (Wolters Kluwer, 2021) and how he is now working with a year-long ecozoic study group to apply these principles to an ecozoic guide to the energy transition.