The Earth Charter Initiative is a diverse, global movement comprised of organizations and individuals that have embraced the sustainability vision that the Earth Charter articulates and that use it in various ways to guide the transition towards a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
One of Earth Charter International’s core functions is to support the EC Initiative network. To do so, ECI:
a) Offers multiple platforms to share information among organizations and individuals that are making use of the Earth Charter around the world.
b) Helps to connect people and organizations within the Initiative to foster collaboration, partnerships, and goodwill towards achieving the Earth Charter mission.
c) Develops resource materials and tools to be shared and advance the mission of the Initiative.
Information about the Initiative is organized by focus areas and countries on the EC Initiative website. Each country’s page contains a short description offering some background activities, the contact information of the ECI Affiliates and Youth Group Coordinators, and the list of organizational endorsers in that specific country. Each focus area offers a short description of the work undertaken by partners, affiliates, and volunteers.
The ECI Secretariat produces a news bulletin that is distributed to the network periodically and is constantly updating the news section of the website. In addition, as part of the information sharing, the ECI Secretariat organizes webinars throughout the year to bring people and organizations in the Initiative together, and manages several Facebook pages in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, Twitter accounts in English and Spanish, and a LinkedIn institutional page to support the interaction among those interested in the Earth Charter activities, Education for Sustainable Development, and key efforts related to the sustainability agenda.
The ECI Secretariat also maintains a Virtual Library that contains an extensive collection of Earth Charter related publications produced by ECI or by partners from all over the world. This library is updated regularly with new materials related to the Earth Charter.
Finally, ECI assists its network by sharing stories, best practices, and experiences of the Earth Charter in education, business, and government, among others. These experiences are shared through case studies, news articles, and through video production.