In early 1998, an Earth Charter National Committee was created to engage different Brazilian sectors in the Earth Charter consultation process. This was followed by a series of preparatory events for the Earth Charter Continental meeting of the Americas, held in December 1998. Participants from all over the American Continent were present and engaged in discussions regarding the proposed principles to be included in the Earth Charter. The event had the support of the Government of the State of Mato Grosso.
For many years, The Paulo Freire Institute in Sao Paulo has been engaged in promoting the Earth Charter through educational initiatives. In August 1999, the Institute organized an international gathering of 150 educators to explore the possibilities of the Earth Charter from an educational perspective. Members of this institute agreed that this document should guide all their projects and programmes. They continue to implement “Eco Political Pedagogical” projects in different parts of Brazil, where they have been trying to reinforce the importance of the environmental dimension in connection to other subjects in the school curricula.
ITAIPU, the world’s largest bi-national, state-owned hydroelectric dam, has been using the Earth Charter as a valuable ethical framework, educational tool, and as the common thread linking the 70 or more projects that are part of the programme Cultivando Agua Buena (Cultivating Good Water), which began in 2003. For their efforts, they won the Maximo Kalaw Earth Charter award in 2005. Cultivating Good Water aims at the preservation of water, soil, and life. It has developed sustainable environmental initiatives in 29 Paraná River municipalities influenced by the dam. The project involves local partners in each of its actions working on co-responsibility with excellent community participation. They also helped to establish a formal network of professors who have organized EC study workshops and three conferences with more than 3000 participants. Through the actions of Itaipu, thousands of people have received materials and information about the Earth Charter and more than 250,000 people living in the Paraná Basin area have participated in activities and heard the message of the Earth Charter. Learn more about Cultivating Good Water here. /invent/images/uploads/ECh20-24.pdf
In early 2014, Earth Charter International, Amana-Key, and AIESEC Brazil created the “Global Citizen – Earth Charter” project. This is a social exchange project that empowers young people between 18-30 years old to multiply the principles of the Earth Charter in schools (public and private), thus contributing to building to a more ethical, just, and sustainable society.
The Instituto Harmonia na Terra is a Brazilian NGO affiliated to the Earth Charter International since 2009. They have developed many ecological materials, such as posters, books, campaigns and the famous Earth Charter Game, which was launched in 2010 at the EC + 10 Conferences in India and Mexico. From 2011 to 2014, Instituto Harmonia na Terra organized 85 workshops reaching 3,000 people in 110 Brazilian cities. An article that explains more in depth this initiative was included in ECI publication “The heart of the matter: Infusing sustainability values in education”
The Lusophone Network for Environmental Education (Rede Lusofona de Educacao Ambiental – Redeluso) adopted the Earth Charter in 2014, as one of the guiding documents for the Network.
The photographer Miguel Igreja created in 2012 a Photo Arts Exhibition based on the Earth Charter called “Pernambuco: Culture, History and the Sea”. This is a mobile exhibition that presents pictures that are carried around using bicycles.
Another artist promoting the Earth Charter in Brazil is Ana Person, a composer, singer and violinist
There was one Earth Charter Youth Group in Brazil, called ECYG Diversity Institute, Bahia.
Since 2002, the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment has been disseminating the Earth Charter, and has used it in some of its initiatives, particularly as a guide to implement the Agenda 21 Program, and as a reference for holding national environmental conferences. In April 2007, Brazil’s Minister of Environment, Marina Silva (who is also a legendary environmental campaigner), signed an agreement of technical cooperation with Earth Charter International and the Human Rights Defense Center of Petropolis to widely disseminate, promote and use the Earth Charter.
At the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiba, a group of 41 individuals established an Earth Charter Committee for the State of Mato Grosso. Through their efforts, a number of seminars and events were organized, such as “The Mato Grosso Earth Charter seminar”, in October 2000, with more than 500 people.