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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032




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September 2013 EC Youth Group of the month

Congratulations to our September 2013 Youth Group of the Month, The Greens from Cameroon!

Discover the amazing ongoing projects of the Greens
•    Green Radio
•    Conservation Champions League
•    Green Peace Talents Center
•    Keep Your Promises Campaign

Green Radio is a 60-minute interactive and educational radio show that connects, inspires, and collaborates with young change-makers to build thriving, just, and sustainable ways of life for all. More information here.

Conservation Champions League
uses football as a vehicle for conserving endangered and endemic species of the Northwest Region. The goals of Conservation Champions League are to nurture talent, promote youth activism, and foster the acquisition of necessary knowledge about endangered, endemic, and protected species of the Northwest Region for conserving species. Conservation Champions league features 12 Teams including The Greens F.C, Town Green, Pet Junior, Helping Hands F.C, The Gunners, WAPT F.C, Le Swag, Under the Mango F.C, and others. See pictures above.

Keep Your Promises Campaign is a global campaign The Greens are organizing as a member of End Water Poverty to advocate for universal access to water and sanitation. The Greens currently have more than 500 people that have signed their petition, calling for water and sanitation to be delivered as the realization of a basic human right. More information here.

Green Peace Talents Center is a Children’s center and Junior Youth Empowerment Group that strives to nurture the talents of young people and channel them towards world peace and global sustainability. More information here.

To know more about The Greens, visit their official website, Wikispace page and the ECYG Google Map.

To create an Earth Charter Youth Group, please fill out an application here.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcello Hernandez, at

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Earth Charter Youth Group of the Month: D’ Girls Initiative


The Earth Charter Youth Group of the Month recognition in February goes to the Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC) in Cameroon. RUWDEC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is committed to improving the lives of communities by promoting sustainable development.

“RUWDEC promotes and supports women empowerment, community health development and management, economic empowerment of vulnerable groups, wealth creation, environmental conservation and natural resource management, training and advocacy.”

One of the current projects of RUWDEC is the D’ GIRLS INITIATIVE – “Transforming and inspiring young girls in Cameroon.” This is an afterschool-mentoring program that helps young women between the ages of 10 and 19 to become change makers by inspiring, encouraging, and educating them in our community. This program will enable these young women to improve their leadership skills, share their experiences with each other, meet and interact with pro-active leaders of the community, and “create a solid network of young ladies.”

D’ GIRLS INITIATIVE project leader, Nelly-Shella Tchaptcheut Yonga graduated from Earth Charter International’s most recent online YOUTH LEADERSHIP, SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICS course organized in partnership with Youth Action for Change. This course took place in September and October in 2012. The graduates were required to turn in a proposal of a project that was going to take place after the course and be implemented by course graduates.

The D’ GIRLS INITIATIVE upholds values that serve as great examples for other organizations and individuals all over the world. Here is a great one: “Educating a girl is giving her an opportunity to contribute to the development of our community because investing in girls is investing in a nation.”

Relatively simple, yet essential expectations were established by the girls participating in the workshops: “Teach us how to build our self-esteem”, “bring out the talents in me” and “build up courage so as to face life challenges.” These expectations show how important it is to ensure that women around the world are encouraged to be active citizens and take charge of our shared planet we call earth.

Leke Solange (left photo), a student participating in the D’ GIRLS INITIATIVE, shares her experiences about the initiative: “I think this program is very educati and also very important because I now know my limits, my talents, and weaknesses.  It is a great program and I will say I am privileged to be a part of it.”

You can help D’ GIRLS INITIATIVE to empower other young women, like Leke, by making a donation on Earth Charter’s partner 1% CLUB’s website here.

If you want to learn more about RUWDEC, you can go to their website.

Don’t forget to check out their Earth Charter Youth Group wikispaces page!

Earth Charter International would like to congratulate RUWDEC and Nelly-Shella for all of her efforts and encourage our Earth Charter Youth Groups around the world to keep up the great work and let us know more about your activities and projects (you can send your updates to ! Don’t forget to also update your wikispace pages so that others can learn and continue to be inspired by YOU to take actions towards building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world!

Who knows, your group could be the next featured ECYG showcased on our website!

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Earth Charter Youth Group of the Month

As part of the Earth Charter youth network, we will be showcasing an EC Youth Group every month that is actively using the Earth Charter in creative and innovative ways in their projects and activities.

This month we are featuring the Earth Charter Youth Group UTTAB. They have demonstrated their commitment towards building a more sustainable world using the Earth Charter as their ethical guide in their many activities that they have been participating in collaboration with other Mexican university EC student groups and organizing. Some of the activities and/or workshops have been: Gender and Equity Dialogue, Social-Environmental Community Clean-up, Second regional youth meeting to combat climate change, among many others. To read more about ECYG UTTAB’s Earth Charter inspired activities, click here.

Also, be sure to explore our previous ECYGs of the month from September and October!


September: Assembly of Youth for a Sustainable Environment and Development – ASYOUSED

October: Thumbs Up Foundation

November: Universidad Tecnológica de Tabasco Club: “Carta de la Tierra UTTAB”

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Welcome new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups!

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“Honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies.”


I am glad to inform that 12 new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups have been started! These groups have decided to ally with the Earth Charter Initiative to promote sustainable ways of living in their communities.

Please, join me in welcoming the following groups to the Earth Charter youth network:

Better World Cameroon Earth Charter Youth Group

ECYG de leut’s environment

ECYG For Sustainability and Peace Ghana


Students for Global Sustainability – University of Nairobi (SfGS-UoN)

ECYG Youth Vision Alliance Network

Earth Charter Youth Group Get Organized for Change

ECYG Fresh & Young Brains Development

ECYG Abuja

ECYG Somalia

Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust [AIDEST], an – All Africa Sustainable Development Organization

Earth Charter Ukraine for Education for All


As an example for other groups, I want to share with you an email that I received from Herman J.B. Kizito, a youth group coordinator of the newest Ugandan Earth Charter Youth Group. This email shows a great example on how a new Earth Charter group can start their actions:

“We have begun a series of strategic and promotional / awareness actions and outreach campaigns involving:

  • Primary and Elementary Schools Outreach programmes discussing the Earth Charter concepts, opportunities and needs to get connected. These schools range with enrollment capacities of 150 children to 2000 and more, ages 6 years to 14 years old; boys and girls. Some of these schools have expressed their interests to promote their goals worldwide under the AECON banners. Uganda has over 2000 primary schools be it Public or Private or Faith-Based, yet, already AECON has access to 300 of these in all regions of the country. Our assessments of their individuals show that most would like to start School Environmental Clubs, School gardens, Exchange visits as well as Waste Recycling Project, but they lack funds, let alone Educational materials.
  • Community Green Enterprises Programme has been started, we are planting trees, collecting and recycling garbage.
  • Networking is on; we are interacting with other Stakeholders.
  • Forwarding Earth Charter internet contacts to others; we are already passing on the Earth Charter information to many for direct contacts, asking that they do the same.”

More free / low-cost ideas can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the Earth Charter youth network, check out through this link what can you do to work for more sustainable future!

Welcome to the Earth Charter youth network,
Jaana Laitinen
Earth Charter International Youth Facilitator

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Celebrating EC+10 with environmental film festival in Cameroon

Nouvelle Afrique, ECI Affiliate from Cameroon, has started to organize several activities for Earth Day next year, where the Earth Charter’s10th anniversary will be featured.

One of the activities is an environmental film festival. Several documentaries will be featured at the same time during 22 April 2010, each presentation will be followed by a forum discussion with the attendees.

If you have suggestions of films that they should present, please contact Benjamin Ndjama:

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10 new Earth Charter Youth Groups!

ECI is happy to announce that 10 new Earth Charter Youth Groups have been created during May – July 2009!

Welcome aboard Earth Charter Youth Groups in:


Democratic Republic of Congo

The Gambia
ECYG Global Unification

ECYG Marburg

IMAAMI Foundation ECYG

ECYI Israel

ECYG Sokoto for Change

Papua New Guinea
Earth Charter Youth Committee PNG for Ecological & Economical Sustainability


ECI is very happy for this development and hopes to hear from several new youth lead action projects from all over the world soon.

Welcome to the Earth Charter youth network!

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