The Earth Charter states in The Way Forward: “We must deepen and expand the global dialogue that generated the Earth Charter, for we have much to learn from the ongoing collaborative search for truth and wisdom”.
ECI consistently engages in and organizes dialogue to expand understanding and awareness of current and challenging issues. In addition, there are many initiatives around the world that continue to emerge that share core elements with the EC Initiative’s mission and vision, for which a constructive dialogue can prove to be very positive.
In this regard, the ECI Secretariat:
a) Facilitates dialogue, stimulates and exchanges views on initiatives and principles of sustainability.
b) Supports key international discussions, efforts, and initiatives.
c) Engages the Earth Charter network on global governance initiatives.
The ECI Secretariat has developed and continues to develop resource materials and webinars to strengthen and stimulate new and ongoing dialogues. The ECI Secretariat Global Governance and United Nations efforts include:
a) The Rio+20 effort (prior, during, and after the June 2012 conference).
b) The UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development.
c) The discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.
d) The discussion of the Sustainable Development Goals process.
e) The discussion on Climate Change.
Current Dialogue 2018: Earth Charter Relevance to contemporary issues.
To help stimulate dialogue around the relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues, ECI executive director, Mirian Vilela, invited Prof Brendan Mackey* in 2017 to write an essay as a personal reflection on the Earth Charter’s current relevance and the ways in which it can be used to help promote a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.
The idea then evolved to broaden this activity by inviting a group of people who are engaged with the Earth Charter initiative to write a brief response to Brendan’s essay and to share all these reflections on the relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues by posting them on the ECI web site.
We hope these materials will help stimulate an expanded dialogue on the significant and relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues and the challenges of the Anthropocene
Click here to read the essays.
We welcome anyone who has been working with and reflecting on the Earth Charter and its uses, to share with us their responses and reflections. If you would like to make a contribution to this dialogue please email a short essay (700 words max.) by 30 June 2018 to the ECI executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Director of Griffith University’s Climate Change Response Programme. Brendan was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting committee, former co-chair of Earth Charter International Council and is a senior advisor of the Earth Charter Initiative.
Resource materials on various topics that have been developed include:
a) Exploring synergies between faith values and ESD
b) Green Economy and the Earth Charter
c) Rio+20: Enabling a Flourishing Earth
d) Bringing the Missing Pillars into Sustainable Development Goals
e) Climate Change, Ethics, and the Earth Charter
Some of the free webinars the ECI Secretariat has organized include:
a) Introduction to the Earth Charter and sustainability ethics (English and Spanish)
b) Multiple youth webinars on Rio+20 related topics with global youth leaders (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
c) Environmental Law and Global Governance with Peter Brown and Cormac Cullinan
d) Values-based Education for sustainability (English and Spanish)
e) Earth Day conversation for youth with Severn Cullis-Suzuki
f) Conversation with Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff (Spanish)
g) Post-2015 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals with Brice Lalonde and Felix Dodds