The article: “The Global Pact for the Environment as a Next Step on the Way Forward for the Earth Charter”assesses the possible contribution of the Global Pact for the Environment that is being promoted as a new legally binding instrument into the process of further implementation of the principles of the Earth Charter as an ethical foundation of the global community.
This article provides an analysis of the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration from different perspectives. First, from the perspective of the Earth Charter as a comprehensive ethical framework of global governance based on the principles of sustainability. Second, from the perspectives of the two regional treaties on access rights: Aarhus Convention and Escazu Agreement.
Articles by Nelly Kostoulas-Makrakis, Associate professor of Teaching Methodology and Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Crete.
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
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 email@example.com.
*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.
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