Academia - Earth Charter

The Ecological Manifesto

As a fundamental document guided by the principles of the Earth Charter, the Ecological Manifesto has set the goals for supporting the processes of education in sustainable development on the basis of a stable environment and healthy nature achieved through mass change in people’s understanding of the contemporary world. The ideological framework of the Ecological Manifesto states that humanity has reached a phase in which it no longer needs further development resulting in comfort for the few but care for those who are in need the most.

The Ecological Manifesto has listed the Earth Charter in a list of organizations working in support of humanity and promotes the ideas of the organization. By its statement the Manifesto can be regarded as an integral document part of the Earth Charter’s principles and a useful tool for its implementation.

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The Global Pact for the Environment and the Earth Charter

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.

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The Earth Charter and Regional Treaties of Principle 10 Rio Declaration

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.

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Current Dialogue on 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

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 info@earthcharter.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.

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