By Laws of Ecomodernist Society of North America

By Laws of Ecomodernist Society of North America

The Ecomodernist Society is an environmental movement that seeks to defend and enhance the environment’s well-being while simultaneously increasing possibilities for human prosperity. The mission of the Ecomodernist Society of North America is to build a scientifically based grassroots movement for both human and environmental progress. Our purpose is to be both an environmental activist organization as well as an educational organization for the purpose of promoting and defending the growth of the sciences for peaceful purposes in the service of humanity. It is our belief that a dogmatic worship of nature and the appeal to nature fallacy have become an impediment to advances in human health, social progress, and environmental progress. Rather than divide the Environmental movement we wish to multiply its numbers with the incorporation of an evidence-based outlook. It is to that end that we have set forth the creation of these By-Laws for the Ecomodernist Society of North America, henceforth referred to as “The Society.”

Section 1. Membership

Members of the Ecomodernist Society of North America will consist of two categories: Active members and dues paying members. An Active member is anyone who is active in forwarding the progress of any local chapter or in the national organization as a whole. A dues paying member is someone who pays an annual membership fee that is decided on by consensus of the membership. Membership will entail a commitment to the full respect and recognition of the diversity and equality of fellow members regardless of race, nationality, religious affiliation, gender, and political beliefs.

Section 2. Executive Committee

The National Executive Board shall consist of a Chairperson, a Treasurer, and Recording Secretary elected from the members which can overlap with other roles as well as the Chairpersons of local Executive Committees as outlined in Section 2. The Chairperson shall have the power to break a tied vote concerning decisions made by The Society or any of its Committees or Boards. The Chairperson is ultimately responsible for the smooth and effective operation of the organization. It will be the function of the National Executive Board to govern The Society and to set out policies, strategies and national actions and to assist local chapters to form and expand. A membership internet linking platform shall be set up to allow members to vet the decisions of the National Executive on national actions which shall be voted on after a three day period for approval. Any changes in the by-laws, that are proposed by the Executive Committee shall be posted for a week and will require a two thirds majority to pass. Any policy positions not outlined in this document shall, likewise, require a two thirds majority of the general membership. All members of Executive Committee members shall be subject to an annual election which shall be decided by all members of The Society via internet.

Section 3. Local Chapters

The formation of Local Chapters of The Society shall consist of two or more participants, in good social standing, that are in agreement with our mission. Local Chapters will elect an Executive Committee consisting of Chairperson, a Treasurer, and Recording Secretary which can overlap with other roles. That Local Chapter will then send that information to the Chairman of the Executive Committee which is the parent organization for The Society. The Chairperson shall have the power to break a tied vote concerning decisions made by the Local Chapter or its Committees. The Chairperson is ultimately responsible for the smooth and effective operation of the Local Chapters as well. The heads of any new Committees that are set up in Local Chapters shall also be part of the local Executive Committees. All Executive Committee members shall be chosen annually or as decided by a consensus of the local membership.