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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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Earth Charter Affiliate in the Netherlands tests new game with Earth Charter values

Earth Charter Affiliate from the Netherlands Inner Sense’s Brigitte van Baren has modified a game she created, called “Show Your True Colours” by including Earth Charter values. This past week, she offered a workshop at the Avans Business College in Breda, the Netherlands, where she was able to use the modified version of her game that includes the Earth Charter. This workshop was organized during the Avans College Week of Sustainability in October 2015, a week of events related to sustainability.

The Earth Charter Show Your True Colors workshop was an interactive session during which participants played the Show Your True Colors game that Brigitte had modified with Earth Charter values. The session allowed the participants to look at different situations from a variety of perspectives derived from the principles of the Earth Charter and related to concrete examples. An assessment of personal qualities of individual participants led to them identifying specific principles of the Earth Charter and enabled both the teachers and students to define follow-up actions through dialogue. In general, the personal insights from participants encouraged them to think about actions they could take regarding environmental conservation and increased and improved communication with other people, communities, and the Earth itself.

The workshop was a success and participants came away with new knowledge, perspectives, and inspiration. Here are a few statements by participants:

“The exercise is a very nice way to learn more about yourself and others.”
“The workshop has given me more insight about society and how important your own actions in it are.”
“The session will make me think twice about the environmental aspects of everyday things.”

For those who are interested in working with the Show Your True Colours Method – Earth Charter version, you can contact Brigitte van Baren: bmvanbaren@innersense.nl 

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Article by Leonardo Boff on the Pope’s Encyclical

The Magna Carta of integral ecology:
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the poor

By Leonardo Boff,  theologist and ecologist

Before making any comment it is worth highlighting some peculiarities of the Laudato Si’ encyclical of Pope Francis.

It is the first time a Pope has addressed the issue of ecology in the sense of an integral ecology (as it goes beyond the environment) in such a complete way. Big surprise: he elaborates the subject on the new ecological paradigm, which no official document of the UN has done so far.

He bases his writing on the safest data from the life sciences and Earth. He reads the data affectionately (with a sensitive or cordial intelligence), as he discerns that behind them hides human tragedy and suffering, and for Mother Earth as. The current situation is serious, but Pope Francis always finds reasons for hope and trust that human beings can find viable solutions. He links to the Popes who preceded him, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, quoting them frequently.

And something absolutely new: the text is part of collegiality, as it values the contributions of dozens of bishops’ conferences around the world, from the US to Germany, Brazil, Patagonia-Comahue, and Paraguay. He gathers the contributions of other thinkers, such as Catholics Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Romano Guardini, Dante Alighieri, the Argentinian maestro Juan Carlos Scannone, Protestant Paul Ricoeur and the Sufi Muslim Ali Al-Khawwas. The recipients are all of us human beings, we are all inhabitants of the same common home (commonly used term by the Pope) and suffer the same threats.

Pope Francis does not write as a Master or Doctor of faith, but as a zealous pastor who cares for the common home of all beings, not just humans, that inhabit it.

One element deserves to be highlighted, as it reveals the “forma mentis” (the way he organizes his thinking) of Pope Francis. This is a contribution of the pastoral and theological experience of Latin American churches in the light of the documents of Latin American Bishops (CELAM) in Medellin (1968), Puebla (1979) and Aparecida (2007), that were an option for the poor against poverty and in favor of liberation.

The wording and tone of the encyclical are typical of Pope Francis, and the ecological culture that he has accumulated, but I also realize that many expressions and ways of speaking refer to what is being thought and written mainly in Latin America. The themes of the “common home”, of “Mother Earth”, the “cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”, the “care” of the “interdependence of all beings”, of the “poor and vulnerable”, the “paradigm shift,” the “human being as Earth” that feels, thinks, loves and reveres, the ” integral ecology” among others, are recurrent among us.

The structure of the encyclical follows the methodological ritual used by our churches and theological reflection linked to the practice of liberation, now taken over and consecrated by the Pope: see, judge, act and celebrate.

First, he begins revealing his main source of inspiration: St. Francis of Assisi, whom he calls “the quintessential example of comprehensive care and ecology, who showed special concern for the poor and the abandoned” (n.10, n.66).

Then he moves on to see “What is happening in our home” (nn.17-61). The Pope says, “just by looking at the reality with sincerity we can see that there is a deterioration of our common home” (n.61). This part incorporates the most consistent data on climate change (nn.20-22), the issue of water (n.27-31), erosion of biodiversity (nn.32-42), the deterioration of the quality of human life and the degradation of social life (nn.43-47), he denounces the high rate of planetary inequality, which affects all areas of life (nn.48-52), with the poor as its main victims (n. 48).

In this part there is a phrase which refers to the reflection made in Latin America: “Today we cannot ignore that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach and should integrate justice in discussions on the environment to hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor “(n.49). Then he adds: “the cries of the Earth join the cries of the abandoned of this world” (n.53). This is quite consistent since the beginning he has said that “we are Earth” (No. 2; cf. Gen 2.7.). Very much in line with the great singer and poet Argentine indigenous Atahualpa Yupanqui: “humans beings are the Earth walking, feeling, thinking and loving.”

He condemns the proposed internationalization of the Amazon that “only serves the interests of multinationals” (n.38). There is a great statement of ethical force, “it is severely grave to obtain significant benefits making the rest of humanity, present and future, pay for the high costs of environmental degradation” (n.36).

He acknowledges with sadness: “We had never mistreated and offended our common home as much as in the last two centuries” (n.53). Faced with this human offensive against Mother Earth that many scientists have denounced as the beginning of a new geological era -the anthropocene- he regrets the weakness of the powers of this world, that deceived, “believed that everything can continue as it is, as an alibi to “maintain its self-destructive habits” (n.59) with “a behavior that seems suicidal” (n.55).

Prudently, he recognizes the diversity of opinions (nn.60-61) and that “there is no single way to solve the problem” (n.60). However, “it is true that the global system is unsustainable from many points of view because we have stopped thinking about the purpose of human action (n.61) and we get lost in the construction of means for unlimited accumulation at the expense of ecological injustice (degradation of ecosystems) and social injustice (impoverishment of populations). Mankind simply disappointed the divine hope”(n.61).

The urgent challenge, then, is “to protect our common home” (n.13); and for that we need, quoting Pope John Paul II, “a global ecological conversion” (n.5); “A culture of caring that permeates all of society” (n.231). Once the seeing dimension is realized, the dimension of judgment prevails. This judging is done in two aspects, the scientific and the theological.

Let´s see the scientific. The encyclical devoted the entire third chapter to the analysis “of the human root of the ecological crisis” (nn.101-136). Here the Pope proposes to analyze techno-science, without prejudice, recognizing what it has brought such as “precious things to improve the quality of human life” (n. 103). But this is not the problem, it is independence submitted to the economy, politics and nature in view of the accumulation of material goods (cf.n.109). Techno-science nourishes a mistaken assumption that there is an “infinite availability of goods in the world” (n.106), when we know that we have surpassed the physical limits of the Earth and that much of the goods and services are not renewable. Techno-science has turned into technocracy, which has become a real dictatorship with a firm logic of domination over everything and everyone (n.108).

The great illusion, dominant today, lies in believing that techno-science can solve all environmental problems. This is a misleading idea because it “involves isolating the things that are always connected” (n.111). In fact, “everything is connected” (n.117), “everything is related” (n.120), a claim that appears throughout the encyclical text as a refrain, as it is a key concept of the contemporary paradigm. The great limitation of technocracy is “knowledge fragmentation and losing the sense of wholeness” (n.110). The worst thing is “not to recognize the intrinsic value of every being and even denying a peculiar value to the human being” (n.118).

The intrinsic value of each being, even if it is minuscule, is permanently highlighted in the encyclical (N.69), as it is in the Earth Charter. By denying the intrinsic value we are preventing “each being to communicate its message and to give glory to God” (n.33).

The largest deviation of technocracy is anthropocentrism. This means an illusion that things have value only insofar as they are ordered to human use, forgetting that its existence is valuable by itself (n.33). If it is true that everything is related, then “we humans are united as brothers and sisters and join with tender affection to Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother river and Mother Earth” (n.92). How can we expect to dominate them and view them within the narrow perspective of domination by humans?

All these “ecological virtues” (n.88) are lost by the will of power and domination of others to nature. We live a distressing “loss of meaning of life and the desire to live together” (n.110). He sometimes quotes the Italian-German theologist Romano Guardini (1885-1968), one of the most read in the middle of last century, who wrote a critical book against the claims of the modernity (n.105 note 83: Das Ende der Neuzeit, The decline of the Modern Age, 1958).

The other side of judgment is the theological. The encyclical reserves an important space for the “Gospel of Creation” (nos. 62-100). It begins justifying the contribution of religions and Christianity, as it is global crisis, each instance must, with its religious capital contribute to the care of the Earth (n.62). He does not insists in doctrines but on the wisdom in various spiritual paths. Christianity prefers to speak of creation rather than nature, because “creation is related to a project of love of God” (n.76). He quotes, more than once, a beautiful text of the Book of Wisdom (21.24) where it is clear that “the creation of the order of love” (n.77) and God emerges as “the Lord lover of life “(Wis 11:26).

The text opens for an evolutionary view of the universe without using the word, but through a circumlocution referring to the universe “consisting of open systems that come into communion with each other” (n.79). It uses the main texts that link Christ incarnated and risen with the world and with the whole universe, making all matters of the Earth sacred (n.83). In this context he quotes Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955, n.83 note 53) as a precursor of this cosmic vision. The fact that Trinity-God is divine and it related with people means that all things are related resonances of the divine Trinity (n.240).

The Encyclical quotes the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Church who “recognizes that sins against creation are sins against God” (n.7). Hence the urgency of a collective ecological conversion to repair the lost harmony.

The encyclical concludes well with this part “The analysis showed the need for a change of course … we must escape the spiral of self-destruction in which we are sinking” (n.163). It is not a reform, but, citing the Earth Charter, to seek “a new beginning” (n.207). The interdependence of all with all leads us to believe “in one world with a common project” (n.164).

Since reality has many aspects, all closely related, Pope Francis proposes an “integral ecology” that goes beyond the environmental ecology to which we are accustomed (n.137). It covers all areas, the environmental, economic, social, cultural and everyday life (n.147-148). Never forget the poor who also testify to the living human and social ecology ties of belonging and solidarity with each other (n.149).

The third methodological step is to act. In this part, the Encyclical observes the major issues of the international, national and local politics (nn.164-181). It stresses the interdependence of social and educational aspects with the ecological and sadly states the difficulties that bring the prevalence of technocracy, creating difficulties for the changes needed to restrain the greed of accumulation and consumption, that can be re-opened (n.141). He mentions again the theme of economics and politics that should serve the common good and create conditions for a possible human fulfillment (n.189-198). He re-emphasizes the dialogue between science and religion, as it has been suggested by the great biologist Edward O.Wilson (cf. the book Creation: How to save life on Earth, 2008). All religions “should seek the care of nature and the defense of the poor” (n.201).

Still in the aspect of acting, he challenges education in the sense of creating “ecological citizenship” (n.211) and a new lifestyle, based on caring, compassion, shared sobriety, the alliance between humanity and the environment, since both are umbilically linked, and the co-responsibility for everything that exists and lives and our common destiny (nn.203-208).

Finally, the time to celebrate. The celebration takes place in a context of “ecological conversion” (n.216), it involves an “ecological spirituality” (n.216). This stems not so much from theological doctrines but the motivations that faith arises to take care of the common home and “nurture a passion for caring for the world” (216). Such a mystical experience is what mobilizes people to live in ecological balance, “to those who are solidary inside themselves, with others, with nature and with all living and spiritual beings and God” (n.210). It appears to be the truth that “less is more” and that we can be happy with little. In the sense of celebrating “the world is more than something to be solved, it is a joyous mystery to be contemplated in joy and with love” (n.12).

The tender and fraternal spirit of St. Francis of Assisi is present through the entire text of the encyclical Laudato Si’. The current situation does not mean an announced tragedy, but a challenge for us to care for the common home and for each other. The text highlights poetry and joy in the Spirit and indestructible hope that if the threat is big, greater is the opportunity for solving our environmental problems.

The text poetically ends with the words “Beyond the Sun”, saying: “let’s walk singing. That our struggles and our concerns about this planet do not take away our joy of hope “(n.244).

I would like to end with the final words of the Earth Charter which the Pope quotes himself (n.207): ” Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.¨

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Share your story!

Share your story!

At the Earth Charter International Secretariat we are interested to know the experience of young people around the world that are using the Earth Charter in their schools, universities, jobs and communities, to implement projects to build a more sustainable society.
 


Please share your story with us!

You can summit a video telling your commitment with the EC and we will share it with our worldwide network, providing you the opportunity to be heard by thousands of people who can get inspired by you and follow your example.

To share your story, you only need to:
1) Record a 2-3 minutes video with any type of camera that you have.
2) Answer and comment the following questions on the video (you can tell anything else that you think is relevant for your story):
– General information: Name, age, country
– How did you know about the Earth Charter?
– Which has been the impact of the Earth Charter in your life?
– What activities have you done or are you doing to communicate and implement the Earth Charter
– Final message for youth on their role on sustainable development

Send your video to Marcello Hernández, EC Youth Coordinator: youthcoordinator@earthcharter.org If the video is too big, please share it with us using Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) or Wetransfer (www.wetransfer.com)


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Free PDF book by Hazel Henderson

Hazel Henderson, renowned sustainability leader, futurist, and economic thinker, was a recent guest for an Earth Charter International webinar. The entire webinar, which also featured Herman Mulder, focused on standards and measurements, mainly from economic perspectives, within the Sustainable Development Goals context, can be watched through this link.

During the webinar, Ms. Henderson offered her recent publication for free to Earth Charter International and its network. Please, see the attachment below to download the publication titled: Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age – From Economism to Earth Systems Science.

Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Initiative are grateful to Hazel Henderson for this generous gift and for her life of dedication to ethics and sustainability.

You can learn more about Hazel Henderson at her website.

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Conversation with Maurice Strong

For more than half a century Maurice Strong, as much as anyone on the planet, has been the torchbearer for the cause of sustainable development – as visionary, humanist, teacher, businessman and diplomat, as well as champion global thought and action leader.

His crowning achievement was to curate and manage the 1992 Rio Earth Summit which brought together more than 100 Heads of State to forge a landmark Agenda 21 based consensus, which changed the course of our planet and its people towards a better and brighter future. This in addition to being Secretary General to the first UN Conference on Environment in 1972, the first Executive Director of UNEP and the co-chair of the Earth Charter Commission.

This video was created by Barbara Pyle and Frank Melli to show the measure of the man and the enduring, game-changing nature of his thinking, action and teaching.

It has been released for his 85th birthday on April 29th with the support of Felix Dodds and Geoffrey Lipman on the launch of the Maurice Strong University Network, which will seek to carry his ideas to a global audience through the medium of Travel & Tourism, which he has always recognized as a force for positive change.

Geoffrey Lipman, Felix Dodds, Barbara Pyle, Frank Melli
Toronto Canada April 29th 2014

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ECI Education Center inauguration and Conference success

On January 31st, Earth Charter International inaugurated its new Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, and then co-hosted with the University for Peace a two-day conference on education for sustainable development, leadership, and the Earth Charter. The event was attended by the building’s main sponsor and Earth Charter Commissioner, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Ruud Lubbers, as well as other building sponsors from steel giant Acelor Mittal, Amana Key, Avina, Helvex, and Soka Gakkai International. The inauguration was also attended by the Dutch Ambassador to Costa Rica Mette Gonggrijp, as well as several other Ambassadors to Costa Rica from foreign governments including Japan, Panama, Chile and Qatar, top-level academics, and other leaders in the international sustainability field.

The event also featured a recently completed mosaic mural by renowned Costa Rican artist Isidro Con Wong, as well as the first showing in Costa Rica of the Seeds of Hope exhibition organized by Soka Gakkai International.


The new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development project has a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) pre-certification and is in the process of obtaining the LEED Silver level. LEED is the United States Green Building Council’s sustainable building certification program. The main sustainability features include a reduction of 90% of construction waste, the transportation system for users, natural ventilation and lighting, the use of more than 40% of regional materials for construction, and on-site wastewater treatment and use for irrigation. The Center is the first educational facility in Costa Rica to be designed to LEED standards.

Following the inauguration, Earth Charter International and the University for Peace held a two-day conference, which featured an array of private sector leaders, sustainability experts, and educators. The conference showcased presentations from Oscar Motomura from Amana Key in Brazil and ECI Council co-chair, Kartikeya Sarabhai from the Center for Environment Education from India and ECI Council co-chair, Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN’s Director General, Itaipu’s Nelton Friedrich, PASA Mexico’s Carlos Gomez and Manuel González, and many others from UNESCO and UNDP, the University for Peace, and the international business and sustainability communities.

The end of the first day of the conference featured a performance by Costa Rican Minister of Culture and Youth Manuel Obregon on piano and accordion.

The event was highly successful and positive for both Earth Charter International and UPEACE. You can see a photo album here and also revisit the social media coverage at #earthcharter on twitter, facebook, and Instagram.

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Earth Charter Events in the Netherlands towards the end of 2013

The Netherlands is a hotspot of Earth Charter activity with a variety of events and activities inspiring different sectors of society. Here are some of the highlights of Earth Charter events in the Netherlands at the end of last year.

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On December 19, Earth Charter Netherlands organized the meeting “The Earth Charter in Action” at the Peace Palace in The Hague, where the Earth Charter was launched 13 years ago.

The network meeting focused on business and centered on the following question: How can you, as an individual, make an active contribution to the solutions to global issues using the Earth Charter?

Participants were given the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on how they use the Earth Charter as a compass for their actions and were inspired by plenary contributions by Ruud Lubbers (Earth Charter Commissioner and former Prime Minister of the Netherlands), Volkert Engelsman (CEO Eosta), Ralien Bekkers (UN Youth Representative for Sustainable Development), Jan van de Venis (Chair, Stand Up for Your Rights, lawyer, and World Connector), and Avraham Soetendorp (Earth Charter Commissioner). Eveline Fokker provided the musical entertainment and Ama van Dantzig (Dr. Monk) was responsible for moderating the event.

The messages of the speakers and participants were: fight cynicism, work together, think in systems, and celebrate life!

Photographs by Petra van der Ham

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‘It Starts with One’, was the slogan used for an inspiration day on December 10th, 2013 in De Horst, Driebergen, The Netherlands. The leadership event was organized by Geke Kiers and her organization, L’ Esprit. The slogan was launched in 2010 by the Earth Charter International Council as the central theme for the celebrations of the 10-year anniversary of Earth Charter, to inspire Earth Charter +10 events and dialogues around the world. Based on discussion in the Council about the meaning of ‘It Starts with One’  the poem was drafted by Fernanda Baumhardt (Brazil), Steven Rockefeller (USA), Kartikeya Sarabhai (India), and Alide Roerink (The Netherlands).

The speakers at the event included Earth Charter Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, Claudete da Costa from Brazil, Earth Charter Friends Geke Kiers, Alide Roerink, Bart Kuil, and Lynn Zebeda. Inspired by the slogan “It Starts with One”, a song by Jazz Singer Astrid Seriese and guitarist Erwin van Lugten was composed especially for this inspiration day on leadership for managers and coaches.

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A list consisting of 100 young front runners in the Netherlands in the field of sustainability was launched on November 15 in Amsterdam. The list, which was fully published by one of the largest Dutch newspapers, is an initiative of Earth Charter Endorser ‘DJ100’. Together with Earth Charter Affiliate NCDO, DJ100 organised a launch party in a club in Amsterdam. During this event, which was attended by around 150 innovators in the field of sustainability, attention was paid to the principles and the global network of the Earth Charter.

Photos by Annemarijne Bax

This video was also launched.

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Earth Charter International: Inauguration and International Conference

On Friday, January 31st and February 1st, 2014, Earth Charter International and the University for Peace will host a two-day conference under their jointly held UNESCO Chair called:

Ethics for Sustainability New Perspectives on Leadership, Decision Making and Education

This conference will open with an inauguration ceremony of the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, a new educational facility on the University for Peace Campus in Costa Rica. The event will be attended by the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Ruud Lubbers, Earth Charter Commissioner a long-time supporter of the Earth Charter, as well as many other dignitaries, including the Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, Former UPEACE Rector and current Director General of IUCN Julia Marton-Lefevre, several foreign Ambassadors to Costa Rica, as well as many other esteemed representatives from the private sector and academia.

The inauguration will also be accompanied by the exposition of a recently completed mosaic on one of the new building’s outer walls. The mural-sized mosaic is adapted from a painting by the reknowned Costa Rican artist, Isidro Con Wong, who donated this image to the Earth Charter Center.

Following these events, there will be two full days of lectures and discussions on sustainable development ethics related to leadership, policy processes, and in educational reforms and settings.

If you want to follow these events, we will be posting on our facebook page, and you can follow us on twitter and instagram using the hashtag #earthcharter

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A branch of the University of Sao Paulo endorse the Earth Charter

Many organizations around the world concerned with fostering a more ethical, equitable, and sustainable society are realizing that the Earth Charter can be used as a guide and reference for ethical decision making and an important and powerful tool for the transformation of people and organizations.

On September 23rd in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at an event convened by the Faculty of Economy, Administration and Accounting of the University of São Paulo (FEA), the Earth Charter vision of ethics and sustainability was embraced by three organizations to guide their day-to-day operations. FEA, the Management Institute for Civil Society Entities (IGESC), and the Academic Center Viscount of Cairo (CAVC) signed a formal endorsement of the Earth Charter. These institutions committed to working with the Earth Charter and to its dissemination. The event included the participation of Oscar Motomura, Co-chair of Earth Charter International, Professor Reinaldo Guerreiro of FEA, Alvino Silva of IGESC, João Abreu of CAVC, and Cristina Moreno on behalf of the Earth Charter Initiative and IGESC.

The event, which was attended by professors, students, and guests aimed to disseminate the message of the Earth Charter and its principles to the entire academic community. According to Professor Reinaldo Guerreiro, the director general of the FEA, inserting the Earth Charter at the country’s most important faculty of business and economy is an efficient way to get the message of ethics and sustainability through its educational processes, professional alumni network, and to an ever-growing number of organizations in Brazil.

Hopefully, actions like this can serve as an example for organizations from all sectors of society to also embrace the idea of ??????building and disseminating a vision of ethics and sustainability based on the principles of the Earth Charter.

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