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What is the Earth Charter?

The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

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    Read the Charter

    We, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

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    What is the Charter?

    The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society.

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    History

    Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev launched an initiative to develop an Earth Charter as a civil society initiative.

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Earth Charter Around the World

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. Click here to see information about activities in various countries.

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We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future.
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