The Sarvodaya Shramanada Movement of Sri Lanka has supported the Earth Charter since its drafting process. Mr. A.T. Ariyaratne, founder and President of the Sarvodaya Movement is an Earth Charter Commissioner, and continues to be an important supporter of the Charter.
The Sarvodaya Movement is Sri Lanka’s largest and most broadly embedded people’s organization, with a network of more than 15,000 villages. The movement works in community development; they have endorsed the Earth Charter. In August 2000, the Sarvodaya Movement brought together over 2,000 people in a remote and inaccessible village to learn about the Earth Charter. They have then committed to put the Charter’s principles into action. Examples of practical activities they are implementing include financing the use of solar power, micro-credit and village banking systems, education for sustainability, training for organic agriculture, and others.