Art Archives - Earth Charter

French Art magazine “HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture” publishes art book inspired by the Earth Charter

 

book smallHEY! – 4 DEGREES ART, is a new art book inspired by the Earth Charter and developed by Anne & Julien and Zoé Forget, which brings together 102 artists from 20 countries. The book, published by Ankama/619 Editions, counts with the Preface and Afterword by French scientist Jean Claude Ameisen.

Alarmed with the scale of contemporary challenges and ecological degradation, Anne & Julien, founders and editors in chief of the art magazine Hey! Mordern Art & Pop Culture and Zoé Forget, in charge of photography service for the art magazine, decided to embark in this new project to spread the Earth Charter through their work in the field of art (painting, sculpture, drawing). In this context they have invited artists to reflect and answer some questions that emerges from the Earth Charter Text.

 

You can find more in the following links:

http://www.heyheyhey.fr/fr/billets/4-degrees-art-new-special-issue.

http://www.ankama-shop.com/fr/home/837-hey-4-degrees-art.html

Following is a text from the authors:

Exploring the language of arts

By: Anne & Julien and Zoé Forget

Photo 4For thirty years, our energy has concentrated on the observation of the influence of pop countercultures and art that emerges in the margins of the world´s main currents; This process has led us to build HEY! Modern art & pop culture in 2010, an artistic project around three axes: an art magazine, exhibitions and performances (under the name of HEY! La Cie) – three ways of exploring pop culture in a non-conventional way in all its complexity. As individuals, this autonomous initiative has enabled us to affirm an artistic vision (the return of the figurative in the field of contemporary art) by serving the multiplicity of practices that nourish it; The outlook of works and artists presented in the magazine is often ignored by the academic radars of art criticism, placing it at a distance from a hegemonic, industrial and commercial culture built with the aim of entertaining. Switching from awareness to engagement by linking local action with global consequences: this is the militant perimeter we have agreed to work on – Today HEY! brings together a large network of artists in the world.

Photo 1Currently, a lot of alarming information about environmental problems is available in the public sphere – of which we are part of. A year ago, we decided, as ordinary citizens, that it was no longer acceptable not to react to the situation in which humankind plunged the planet. But the question was how to position HEY! in the midst of the complex range of environmental issues, while our only weapon remains the art? This questioning mobilized our research and leads us to the discovery of The Earth Charter. The humanistic character of this document, its participatory perspectives and its accessibility have nurtured our decision: The Earth Charter has become the catalyst of our new project HEY! 4 DEGREES ART. This book is for us a fighting tool and a statement.

Photo 3The collection of artists who contributed to this book work from territories irrigated with fundamentals, references, diverse filiations and crosscutting areas of influence from which a mapping of connivances is born. HEY! Constitutes in this forest a kind of “guide” suggesting a different approach, beyond the conventional classifications, a stylistic diversity dialogue. Included in the broad perspectives art & environment, the aesthetic space shared in this special issue is not defined by the grammar of eco art or environmental art. Commenting systematically on the imaginary as a safe haven, these artists all discourse in a figurative way, facing a contemporary art dominated by a work of installations and / or conceptual works. It is interesting to note a natural association with a political and social content and the artistic gestures stemming from the conceptual and performative heritage of the 1960s and / or the video art; A kind of “natural environment” in sum, where the denunciation / claim / reaction are in fact legitimized. In this context, figurative painting of the 21st century has not yet been observed as a visionary territory and / or a wake-up caller, but in the fiber of its creative energy the environmental concern is printed as a principle under-stretched or active.

Photo 2We therefore agreed to ask to many artists eleven questions based on reflections on the Earth Charter text. They are neither “eco painters” nor “eco warriors” nor ecologists using art to coagulate their thinking. Together with us they gathered around a variation of points of view and approaches, all concerned and upset by the state of the world, deeply disturbed by the treatment to which our planet is subjected, they have seized a possibility to express themselves, through their favorite medium of expression, as artists and citizens of the Earth, at a time when it is more common to see an artist producing exclusively to supply a work to a dedicated market.

We plan to develop an exhibition which would be a logical continuation following this project.

 


A book directed by:

Anne & Julien: Over the years and in almost 30 years of activity, Anne & Julien’s work is recognized for its ability to unveil new talents and open fields of exploration hitherto unknown. Specialists in alternative arts and outsider pop, they work on two axes already specified in 1990 on the occasion of the opening of their art gallery L’Hydre de L’Art, Paris. In connection with the preoccupations and interests of the present time, they make reappear the forgotten worlds, choosing themes and works that tend to make visible an avant-garde; And decipher sharp subjects offering an alternative to the vision of a normative one-sided culture. Visionaries as to the influence of pop countercultures and alternative art, the Anne & Julien duo is the source of several major and now historical exhibitions in France (Miyazaki vs Moebius, Museum of the Monnaie of Paris – 2004/2005 // Tattooists, Tattoos, musée du quai Branly, Paris – 2014/2015). Meanwhile, they have set up three founding exhibitions of pop outsider and figurative pop art: HEY! Modern art and pop culture at the Halle St Pierre Museum, Paris (2011 – 2013 – 2015), the first of its kind in Europe and in the museum, named after the eponymous magazine created in March 2010). On paper as well as on rails, Anne & Julien have demonstrated their ability to open fields of exploration hitherto unknown, crossing borders which have subsequently demonstrated their virtuality.

Zoé Forget is a photographer, a graduate of ENS Louis Lumière (Paris) and a doctor in aesthetics, science and technology of the arts. The body, as a marginal subject, a political place and expression of anti-norms both visual and social, is at the heart of his photographic and theoretical works – his thesis, published in 2015 at L’Harmattan, dealt with the representation of non-standard bodies in contemporary photography. Focusing in studio work and directing, Zoé Forget produced eight photographs for the exhibition “Tattooists, tattooed” at the musée du quai Branly (Paris), presented in the last room – the photography cabinet. This series will also be presented at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) as part of the exhibition “Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art “from April 2016. Zoé Forget is photo editor in the editorial office HEY! Since the n ° 8 (September 2011), official photographer of HEY! The ICE, co-author of HEY! TATTOO with Anne & Julien and pilot projects at their side since 2014.

Preface and Postface by Jean-Claude Ameisen:
Doctor and researcher, professor of immunology at Paris Diderot University, his research concerns the origin of the phenomena of cellular self-destruction during the evolution of the living and the role of “programmed cell death” in the development of diseases . Engaged in ethical reflection, in November 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), he chaired the Ethics and Scientific Committee of the International Foundation for Applied Research (FIRAH) and the Inserm Ethics Committee. Involved in the development of relations between science, culture and society, he is director of the Center for Life Studies (Institut des Humanités de Paris – Paris Diderot University), a member of the Scientific Council of the International College of Philosophy and author of Many scientific works. Since 2010, he is the author of the program Sur les épaules by Darwin (France Inter). The subjects deal with the work of Charles Darwin and some of the most recent scientific works resonated with literature, philosophy, ethics, poetry, and art. The 2013 CB News Grand Prize awarded the Best Broadcasts Award to Darwin’s On the Shoulders.

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Summerlabb: Bringing together art, music and sustainable cities in the Netherlands

earth-charter-stand-summerlabbWhat better place to share values and stories than at a festival? During the Summer of 2016, the Earth Charter Cities team partnered with Summerlabb, a traveling festival bringing together art, music, research institutes, polytechnic universities and sustainability companies. The festival explored our use of energy, water, light, architecture and food, and showcased inspiring innovations and solutions for communities driven to become more sustainable. Hundreds of children, adults, business professionals and music lovers from all over Holland gathered together to celebrate and learn. Surrounded by music, culture and art, participants explored sustainable innovations and their stories in Rotterdam, Groningen and several other cities in the Netherlands.

Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, and organizations from across the world to inspire improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. This manifesto is a call to action developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter vision. After an almost two-year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010.

waste-watchers-art-barrelGuided by the Earth Charter, Earth Charter Cities shared with festival goers on the importance of bringing ethics back into our lives and understanding the value and importance of sustainability. They encouraged visitors to tell their stories of connection to nature and our Earth, and were inspired by the story of the West Coast First Nations peoples who impart indigenous teachings for a more sustainable way of life in Canada. Artist James Jetlag translated the story of Earth Charter Cities into a beautiful work of art, one oil drum to represent each chapter of the Earth Charter/Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.

At Summerlabb, Earth Charter Cities raised awareness of the Earth Charter and promoted the understanding of its inclusive ethical vision through starting conversations about ethics with curious visitors and passersby. They invited others to heed the call to action to transition to sustainable ways of living on the planet and to envision future cities taking care of mother Earth and the community of life. They asked, beyond technical innovations, what are economic and social-cultural aspects of this transition? They shared the Earth Charter as a tool, an ethical guideline, for our daily and professional lives.

For more information on Gerben van Straaten and the story of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, please go to www.earthchartercities.org. For more information on Summerlabb, visit http://summerlabb.nl/.

 


one-earth-communityAuthor: Nadine Huids, Earth Charter Young Leader

Nadine studied Built Environment and Architecture with a focus in cities and cultural heritage. During her studies she learned a lot about technical innovations and sustainability to redevelop industrial buildings. Taught and inspired by Gerben van Straaten, Walas Concepts CEO, she learned how to create truly healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities. She believes in the need to enhance economic, social, and cultural values within urban settings. Driven by the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, Nadine works in the Netherlands as a Program Manager with the Walas team to develop vital and lively places for people to live.

Editor: Josephine Schrott, Earth Charter Young Leader

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Dudoc Vancouver—A business model for sustainable design based on Earth Charter ethics

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In the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Dutch Urban Design Centre (Dudoc) has Earth Charter Principle 7c at the core of its business model. Since opening its doors in October 2014, Dudoc Vancouver has been promoting the development, adoption and equitable transfer of environmentally sound technologies. Specifically, the centre showcases Dutch and other European companies’ environmentally sustainable products and services to the North American market. Dudoc Vancouver also serves as a forum for exchanging ideas among designers, urban planners, developers and architects across disciplines and continents.

Dudoc Vancouver’s goals, founded on the Earth Charter vision, are to:

  • Protect the environment and vital resources while creating positive outcomes for the communities in which we live.
  • Embrace creativity, innovation and change through diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Build enduring and reliable relationships through collaboration and engagement of citizens in our transition to a healthier world.
  • Induce change of current unsustainable practices by providing rational applications of our innovative techniques.
  • Provide visionary leadership and interactive management in the creation of healthy, resilient and diverse cities.

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CEO Gerben van Straaten is part of the global Earth Charter movement. He was working as an urban designer in both the Netherlands and Canada and realized that there is a huge breadth and depth of technological and design innovation in the Netherlands. Meanwhile in Canada, demand for such innovations is growing rapidly. Van Straaten founded Dudoc to bridge the gap between these two places. North American city builders interested in making their projects more environmentally sustainable can now look to Dudoc for the latest European innovations.

An example of the partners exhibiting their products at Dudoc Vancouver is Jaga, a manufacturer of hydronic heaters. Jaga’s guiding values include respect for nature, as well as a passion for creativity, innovation and collaboration. Their energy-efficient systems help reduce the energy demand of buildings. They have also developed eco-design radiators made from 100% recycled materials, an example of applying Earth Charter principle 7a (reduction, reuse and recycling of materials). Dudoc Vancouver helps companies such as Jaga by providing a shared showroom space to exhibit products, international business development advice, market research, local connections and customer service.

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In addition to the showroom, Dudoc facilitates the exchange of ideas that make our cities and buildings better places for all people. In the spirit of Earth Charter principle 14 on life-long learning, the centre enables a variety of activities in its space: panel discussions, educational talks, upcycling competitions, sustainable product showcases, art displays, exhibitions of Dutch Design, professional development workshops and more. Part of the space is used for flexible co-working for visiting partners as well as local freelancers and researchers. It also houses the City Hub Initiative – a space for young change-makers to meet, learn, and collaborate in order to make their projects a reality.

Through this combination of international business development, education and co-operation, Dudoc Vancouver strives to encourage sustainability in the built and social environment and aims to be a successful example of the Earth Charter in action.

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To learn more about Dudoc Vancouver, visit www.dudocvancouver.com or find Dudoc on TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.


Author: Josephine Schrott, Earth Charter Young Leader

Originally from Germany, but now calling Vancouver, Canada her home, Josephine Schrott is helping establish a Canadian Earth Charter network, with a focus on youth & community engagement. She studied International Relations and is passionate about building sustainable communities and inspired by the Earth Charter’s holistic approach addressing humanity’s most pressing problems. As part of World of Walas, she works at Dudoc Vancouver, a centre enabling European businesses to transfer their innovations to North America. In her time off, she does local activist and volunteer work and enjoys the beautiful Canadian outdoors.

Contact:

jschrott[at]teamwalas.com, 604.681.2971
100-1445 West Georgia St; Vancouver, BC

Photos:

  • “dudoc-vancouver-showroom” View of Dudoc Vancouver showroom. PC: Edward Lai
  • “dudoc-vancouver-roundtable” We Are Cities Roundtable. PC: Paula Leyton
  • “dudoc-vancouver-dutch-design-exhibition” Dutch Design Supermodels exhibition. PC: Anna Brayko
  • “dudoc-vancouver-upcycled-fashion” Upcycled Fashion Show. PC: Anna Brayko
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Workshops during the exhibit “Homage to Earth”

Taller Colegio Yurusti 29 Junio 1Taking advantage of the interesting and beautiful exhibition “Homage to Earth” at the National Gallery of Costa Rica, the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development organized two workshops.

The first workshop was held on June 28th, 2016, organized in conjunction with the Commission on Environmental Education of the National Council of Rectors of Costa Rica (CONARE).

Around 35 teachers and curriculum advisors participated, from four public universities in Costa Rica: The National University, University of Costa Rica, National Technical University and Distance State University.

Taller CONARE 28 Jun 3The workshop lasted 4 hours, during the first half of the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the Earth Charter; later they learned about an initiative that helps include the concepts of sustainability and environment in the curriculum of different careers in these universities, using indicators aimed at this purpose.

Taller Colegio Yurusti 29 Junio 2The second workshop was conducted on June 29th, on Earth Charter Day, with young people between ages 13 to 16, from the Yurusti College in Costa Rica. We offered an interactive talk about the Earth Charter and then, as we did with the adult group the day before, they explored the exhibit “Homage to Earth” using the Earth Charter.

Taller CONARE 28 Jun 2We ask them to form groups and choose one principle that called their attention, and then had them look for a work of art that expresses this principle. This activity turned out very fun, and it helped have moments of reflection on what the values of the Earth Charter express, and how art can help illustrate these concepts that are sometimes a little abstract.

 

 

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Costa Rican University Theatre Class uses the Earth Charter

Taller UTN 1 Arline Sobalvarro, professor of Humanities at the National Technical University of Costa Rica, instructed her students to use the Earth Charter as a thematic platform for their final projects.

Taller-UTN-3Twenty-three students gave dramatic presentations covering various topics, such as: illegal trafficking of species, environmental crimes, problems faced by fishermen (including the unfortunate misconception that the drug business is a viable path out of poverty), and discrimination against indigenous people in Costa Rica.

Here are a few comments about the Earth Charter from the students:

“I think the Earth Charter helped us by giving more meaning to our work; it gave us a direction.”

“The Earth Charterit awakened our consciousness regarding what we are currently doing and what we should be doing to help our planet”

“The Earth Charter helped us to understand what is going on in our world today, because it is often the case that the media diverts our attention so we do not focus on what really matters… the Earth Charter also provides ideas for what we need to do for the common good.”

 

 

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Earth Charter International partners for climate change theater production

The Little Theatre Group of San Jose, Costa Rica, with the support of Earth Charter International, recently participated in an international Climate Change Theatre Action with more than 100 other groups around the world to raise awareness through the art of theatre on the issue of climate change before the Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21) at the end of November 2015. ECI was inspired to join the effort by the Earth Charter principle 14 b., which states, “Promote the contribution of the arts and humanities as well as the sciences in sustainability education.”

The Climate Change Theatre Action was a joint initiative among three organizations, NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre without Borders. Together, they organized this global Climate Change Theatre Action and more than 100 groups in more than 20 countries are participating, joining the Little Theatre Group and Earth Charter International.

The production by the Little Theatre Group was titled “Nature Acts”, adapted from a quotation by Voltaire, “Men argue, nature acts”. The performance consisted of both thought provoking and humorous monologues and short plays performed by actors of the Little Theatre Group and by actors from the University for Peace community. The production sold out all three of its shows and more than 100 members of the audience learned about the Earth Charter and took home messages about the importance of climate change action and sustainability.

Find out more here.

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Earth Charter +15 celebrations and other events in Mexico

The following are a selection of Earth Charter  events that took place from August to October 2015 in Mexico.

EC+15 Celebration in Hidalgo, Mexico

With several days of academic and cultural events, the Technological University of Tula-Tepeji celebrated The Earth Charter vision and framework during their 2nd Forum on Green Markets. Professors and students dressed in Indigenous clothing performing a ceremonial dance, local artisans selling handmade crafts and traditional food, public officials and university rectors taking the stage to deliver speeches on sustainability—this was the scene during October 15 – 17 at the Universidad Tecnologica de Tula-Tepeji in Hidalgo, Mexico. At this occasion, students, community members, administrators, and organizations all joined together in celebration of the 15th anniversary and endorsement of the Earth Charter!

After an opening ceremony with words of hope and vision of sustainability from the Rector of UTT, Leodan Portes Vargas, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela, and the Secretary of Public Education of Hidalgo, Miguel Angel Cuatepotzo Coseira, the crowd enjoyed a food fair highlighting local and organic delicacies including the famous chapulines – soaked, salted, and fried crickets. Students and guests stood in line for a chance to get realigned physically from a chiropractor and energetically from a spiritual healer. Children from nearby schools enjoyed interactive exhibits related to technology.

The afternoon was filled with various panels, workshops, and seminars on topics such as “Sustainable Development and Education” and “Youth Leadership for Sustainability”. A few hours later, architect Marcos Sánchez and a team of dedicated Eco Construction and Renewable Energy students proudly inaugurated their “Energy House,” a house they built on the UTTT campus as a traditional model of sustainable building. The day of celebrations ended with the unveiling of the work of artist Robert Rivera Novoa, a mural titled “Brotherhood for Sustainability, Tula-Benicia.”

After another day of festivities and educational events, the celebration moved north to the campus of Chapulhuacán nestled in the mountains of a cloud forest. Accompanied by Mr. Roberto Pedraza Martinez, Secretary of Tourism and Culture of Hidalgo, Rector Leodan launched the event with traditional dances performed by local youth, live music from a band of University alumni, and another local food fair. Artist Nivola Uyá from Spain had been hard at work in Chapulhuacán, and revealed her Earth Charter inspired mural to a delighted crowd. She named it “Hugging the Earth.”

Throughout the weekend, academics, administrators, and public officials drew attention to the importance of the Earth Charter, of choosing to follow an ethical compass, and moving toward a sustainable future. Simultaneously, students, youth, artisans, and organizations showed concrete examples of how to do that. As the celebration came to a close, participants were encouraged and challenged to continue forging new creative paths, individually and collectively, towards a sustainable future. a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Earth Charter Endorsement in Durango

On October 23 2015, Durango, capital, endorsed the principles and values to achieve sustainability of municipal development. The Council met with the Mayor and adopted the Earth Charter as an ethical framework and a code of conduct for their decisions. Earth Charter International congratulates the Durango Municipal Government for its commitment to sustainability and to build a more just, sustainable and peaceful society in Durango. Our congratulations goes as well to the State’s focal point, Dr. Ivonne Salas Amorita Westphal for her commitment to the promotion of this document and for creating institutional synergy, and to Mateo Castillo for spearheading efforts to promote the Earth Charter in Mexico.

Conference and Earth Charter workshops in Ensenada

The Directorate General of Education in Science and Technology of the Sea, signed the Commitment to promote Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter in Mexico, through its 46 schools with an average of 34,000 students.  This event took place in the framework of the the National Science and Technology of the Sea Congress, celebrated in Ensenada, Baja California, in September 2015.

The Congress began with an Earth Charter lecture, a workshop was organized for 46 teachers representing each school and 4 workshops for young people in all schools (120 students).

This event was conducted in coordination with the focal point of Baja California Sur, Maria Elena Martinez, facilitators for Youth, the youth of the Autonomous University of Coahuila and Mateo Castillo.

Earth Charter Conference in Puebla

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the National Technological Institute of Mexico in Tehuacan, Puebla, the message of the Earth Charter was shared. A lecture by Mateo Castillo took place in framework of this celebration, where more than 3,000 people participated.  The objective was to raise awareness and support the process of transformation of habits that prevent the practice of sustainability and where the principles and values for the sustainability of the Earth Charter can contribute to achieve a more just, sustainable and peaceful Mexican society.

Congratulations to ITNM for 40 years to build and build more human beings has of their profession!

Earth Charter endorsements in Nayarit

In September 2015, important activities took place in the state of Nayarit, where the State Government and 102 institutions between municipalities, civil society organizations, enterprises and educational endorsed the Earth Charter and committed to move to more sustainable lifestyles with the guidance of Earth Charter principles and values. More than 450 guests witnessed the signing of endorsements.

We deeply appreciate the efforts of Sate of Nayarit Earth Charter focal point, Fernando Trevino, and his team for organizing this great event, which is part of the 15th anniversary celebration of  the Earth Charter.

Video Contest in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Earth Charter

The Earth Charter focal point of Nuevo Leon organized in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) and various other organizations the “1st Earth Charter Video Contest in Nuevo Leon” under the framework of the 15th anniversary of the Earth Charter.

The launch of this competition took place in the Faculty of Communication Sciences of UANL, with the participation of Ms. Lorena Herrera Duran, Earth Charter Focal Point in Nuevo Leon, and Dr. Mario H. Red Flowers, Director of the Faculty of Communication Sciences.

Participants of this contest were asked to submit an original video related to the Earth Charter, the content should focus on actions to help implement the principles of this document in Nuevo Leon. Suggested topics are:

  • environmental education.
  • natural areas protection.
  • preservation of natural resources.
  • environmental care

The Municipality of Jiquilpan uses the Earth Charter

In August, the new administration of Jiquilpan Municipality, in the State of Michoacan, which began operations on September 1, 2015, designed an ethical framework for sustainable city development inspired by the Earth Charter. This will be a reference framework for policy instrumentalization and to achieve a Jiquilpense society that is fair, sustainable and peaceful. The main values identified as important to work on are: tolerance, responsibility, peace, respect, humility.

 

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Earth Charter Plus 15 celebrated at Rock Festival in Norway

Every year since 2,000, Torill Frydenlund has been organizing the Maanefestivalen, or Moon Festival, a rock festival, in Fredrikstad, Norway, a traditional, old fortified town on the banks of the river Glomma. Many years ago, Torill, an activist, was involved in the drafting of the Earth Charter. However, she lost contact and only rediscovered the Earth Charter recently. In collaboration with Earth Charter Norway and Earth Charter International, this year’s Moon Festival honored the Earth Charter’s 15th anniversary by making it a feature of the festival’s traditional “Green Side of the Moon” environmental awareness campaign.

Fredrikstad’s main square, only a minute’s walk from the festival’s main stage and even nearer to secondary stages, was filled up with several stands in support of environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and other local initiatives. The Earth Charter had the largest stand of all and the festival printed out thousands of small brochures and large posters for the volunteers from Earth Charter Norway to hand out to festival attendees.

For those people with a deeper interest in learning about the Earth Charter, five short workshops were held in a local Rotary Club facility. Earth Charter Norway’s Leif Runar Forsth offered two separate workshops on the Earth Charter and creativity, and Earth Charter International’s Douglas F. Williamson offered three workshops on the Earth Charter, interdependence, and teamwork, on the Earth Charter and storytelling, and on the Earth Charter and systems thinking. The workshops were attended by more than 50 people, all of whom got a short but intensive look at the Earth Charter.


The Earth Charter was well disseminated at the festival and there is no doubt that through the work of the EC Norway volunteers many people had the chance to learn a little about the Earth Charter. The hope is that EC Norway will find new momentum and new volunteers and supporters to continue to grow the Earth Charter’s reach in Norway.

For more information: http://www.earthcharter.no/

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EC+15 photo contest winners announced

The EC+15 photo contest ran from the end of February to 22 April, Earth Day. Earth Charter International and its sponsors are happy to announce the winners of the contest and share their images here. The jury also selected several other photos for honorable mentions. ECI would like to thank all who participated as well as the contest sponsors from YES! Magazine, the Journey of the Universe project, and Greenhouse of the Future. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the participants.

In the over 18 category the winners in order of first, second, and third are Jophel Botero Ybiosa for his picture “Reflection, Debbie Crowell for her picture “Universal Vision”, and Khoka Rahman for hi picture “Springtime in Bangladesh”.

In the under 18 category, the jury selected a single winner, George Makrakis for his photo of the Ochi chestnut forest.

The other photographers who submitted images that the jury found exceptional were Abbie Barnes, Amy Katz, Diana Cordero, Edwina Luz Armada, Lino Tabangin, Michael Loew, Robert Pestarino, and Stiv Doka. All images from the contest can be seen here.

Here are the winning images:

Reflection by Jophel Botero Ybiosa

Universal Vision by Debbie Crowell

Springtime in Bangladesh by Khoka Rahman

Ochi chestnut forest by George Makrakis

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Participate in an Earth Charter Plus 15 arts project, deadline June 26

Dutch artist, Alette de Groot, has developed an art project in the lead up to the EC+15 event in Holland on June 29. It is called ONE and the call for submissions is open. It’s very simple and we hope it will become a beautiful and multicultural representation of the magnificence of our diversity.

Here’s how it works:

It takes almost no effort and will make you part of something big!

All the contributions together will used to create an artwork to celebrate Earth Charter +15 on June 29 2015 in Doorn, the Netherlands.

You can contribute to this project by:

1: Participating!

See the attached files and these images for an idea.

2: Forwarding this message to your friends all over the world. It involves a wide variety of handwriting and languages.

Once you have your images scanned or photographed, please send them to: info@contrapost.nl   with the subject line “ONE”.

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