TheoEco Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in the United States in Miami, Florida. Founded by Steve Richards and his daughter Bobbie Richards in 2015, TheoEco has focused on situations as varied as earthquake relief in Nepal and sea level rise in South Florida. Much of its resources are focused on the institute’s documentaries and research initiatives. Each of its projects contributes and helps define the ongoing evolution of its mission:
So FLo FLoods. Few places are more entangled with their environment than South Florida. Sea level rise, the Everglades, hurricane risks – the list is endless. So Flo Floods focuses attention on the role flooding plays both on the ecology and the economics of the area and is a cautionary tale for coastal communities worldwide. It also paints a picture of human justice inequities that are always at the center of such stories. For more about So FLo FLoods click here.
Piles of Bricks. The story of Nepal, and the Kathmandu Valley in particular, in the aftermath of the mega-earthquakes of 2015 is at the core of TheoEco’s DNA. It is the first situation that we focused on. What we found wasn’t just a story of economics impacted by an environmental disaster, but also a human rights struggle with theology at its core: a Christian minority struggling for religious freedoms in the face of a Hindu nationalist majority. For more about Piles of Bricks click here.
Economics in the Gospels. This study and video course is at the heart of TheoEco and demonstrates the intersection of ecology, economics, and theology on the Earth. In this case, we have the theological foundation of the Capitalist world at the center of economic entanglements that are leading to global ecological devastation. Would we expect to see a study of the Gospels have the potential to aid the environment? Probably not. But that is exactly what TheoEco is about. For more about Economics in the Gospels click here.