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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 and this link to see the list of organizations from around the world that are affiliated to the Earth Charter International.

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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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