As part of the Earth Charter Initiative there is a bold, diverse and dynamic action-oriented youth network that promotes the principles of the Earth Charter among young people. This network involves active young people from over 100 countries, with more than 90 Earth Charter Youth Groups (ECYGs) and numerous partners around the world.
One of the Earth Charter Youth Groups, Rafique Research & Educational ECYG, is located in Pakistan. After the devastating floods in 2010 the group wanted to take actions to help country’s Internally Displaced People. According to Pakistani government data the floods directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure.
So far Rafique Research & Educational ECYG has been able to fundraise more than 3500??? through Earth Charter’s Dutch partner, 1%CLUB. With this financial support the group has so far been voluntarily helping more than 800 people in their home community, Lodhran, by providing emergency food and medicine. The fundraising is still continuing.
This is just one of the examples on how the Earth Charter youth activists, all over the world, are working to bring alive the vision of the Earth Charter in their communities. These young people study the declaration, get inspired by it and then organize small action projects that promote justice, sustainability and peace. Through their work ECYGs achieve a multiplying effect in their communities.