In connection with a special national ceremony for Earth Day (22 April 2007) — a ceremony that was hosted and keynoted by the President of the Republic, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa —
ECI Co-Chair Steven Rockefeller also spoke at the event, which was coordinated by ECI Council member Mateo Castillo Ceja (recently appointed to a position in
The agreement is a new high-water mark in
On issues ranging from nature conservation to climate change to human rights, the leaders present at these ceremonies spoke warmly of the Earth Charter and its capacity to “clearly show the way” toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
A young girl Maria Camila Amescua from the State of
President Calderon noted that the agreements signed by the Ministers of Environment and Education marked the beginning of “a new era in education” for
The agreement establishes a national goal of assimilating the Earth Charter Principles into every dimension of education. It also establishes the mechanisms for coordination between ministries for the promulgation of the UN DESD.
In tandem with these announcements, President Calderon pledged that the nation would plant 250 million trees — a number equal to 25% of the global goal of a billion trees, set by the United Nations Environment Program and its “Plant for the Planet” initiative. (Earth Charter events in the
Several leading Mexican NGOs and institutes also endorsed the Charter as part of the Earth Day festivities, and one agency director noted in his speech that the endorsements were a way of strengthening a strong and voluntary commitment to “converting the Earth Charter Principles into reality to create a better
Clearly, the Earth Charter has put down deep roots in