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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course Ends! Find out dates for Courses in 2018!

Our third online youth course this year on Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics has ended with much energy and high participation!

This training programme is designed for young people, 18-35 years old, who aim to develop and expand their capacity as leaders in the creation of more just, sustainable, and peaceful societies. In  a way it contributes to the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD and with SDG 4.7

The programme invites participants to engage through an online platform, social media, and local actions to amplify their knowledge and skills in the critical areas of:

  • Leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Ecoliteracy
  • System Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Facilitation
  • The Earth Charter

This past English course started on 19 June and for 10 weeks participants engaged in the course content from their hometowns through the platform and their facebook group. During this course we had participants from Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, and the Netherlands. Just a few of the many workshops implemented to finish the program included; Sustainability Indicators in Banking in Nigeria, How to Apply Systems Thinking in our Day-to-Day lives, and Children and Sustainability in Cameroon.

Our final course for the year started on September 11- November 20 and will be facilitated in Spanish. The programme calls all youth leaders who speak Spanish to train themselves on becoming sustainability leaders in their communities and to strengthen their capacities in sustainability leadership. In this final training program for 2017 we have participants from Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay sharing their rich leadership experiences in each of their countries.

To apply for the next Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics course in English starting on January 15, 2018 please visit: http://earthcharter.org/events/leadership-sustainability-ethics-june-2017/

Deadline to apply is January 2, 2018.

For more information on the next course watch our video:

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Earth Charter Young Leader Participates in a Pilot Project on Heat Retaining Cooking Bag “Wonder-Cooking Bag”in Cameroon

In Cameroon, many people depend on biomass for cooking and heating and the use of biomass can lead to indoor air pollution hence leading to respiratory diseases.  The rapid population growth in Cameroon was not followed by changes in human behavior and technology; this brought about high dependence on fuel wood wherein the population sourcing for fuel wood has damaged the natural environment of the country.

The Wonder-Cooking Bag (WCB)  project was launched as a result of the backdrop of too much consumption of fuel wood which leads to deforestation hence global warming. Therefore, this project recognizes the need to develop alternative energy sources so as to reduce these effects and conserve the forest.

Pro-Climate International (PCI) is an NGO based in Cameroon founded on the basis to address the dilemma of economic growth and global warming with the ambition to contribute to sustainable development.  I helped PCI carry out this pilot project on fuel wood saving potentials of WCB in 16 rural and urban communities randomly selected from the South West, Littoral and Western regions of Cameroon.

A household survey on fuelwood consumption was conducted by PCI,  in collaborations with the Department of  Environmental Science, University of Buea, Cameroon, and the German based pro-poor climate consultancy Bridge Builders in the South West, Littoral and West regions of Cameroon. The research was funded by the German Protestant Development Service/Bread for the World, in the context of a pilot project for the identification of the household energy (especially fuel wood and charcoal) saving potential of heat retaining cooking bags, Wonder-Cooking-Bag (WCB), in these regions.

The following objectives were set out to carry out this study:

  • To raise awareness on the environmental and health impacts of fuel wood consumption;
  • To sensitize households on the use and benefits of WCB
  • To distribute the bags for use by interested households
  • To establish the fuel wood saving potential of WCB in households;

PCI used the promotion strategy with a multifaceted communication campaign and raising awareness about the risk of indoor smoke and the benefits of using the heat retaining cooking bag. The project team worked with local community leaders and social groups to disseminate behavior change messages.

Pro Climate Field Team upon arrival in every community works hand in hand with a key informant who introduces the team to the local leaders and social groups. Big bags loaded on the vehicle behind the team contains WCBs

 

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For communities that had no means of transportation, we hired motorcycles. Due to the limited number of motorcycles in circulation, in some case like in this photograph, four people can be seen on a single bike traveling to our stations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon arrival in every community within the South West, Littoral and Western region, workshops were organized in the presence of participants (men and women) preferably women, since they are mostly involved in the process of cooking.

The aims of those workshops were to:

  • Sensitize community members on the effects of deforestation and climate change
  • Teach community members on the dangers of long exposure to smoke in the kitchen when burning fuel woods
  • Describe the health and economic benefits of using the wonder-Cooking bags
  • Teach community members on the advantages of using wonder-Cooking bags through the process of demonstration.

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In each community where wonder-Cooking-bags are distributed, we worked as closely as possible with those women who acquired the bags. Details of what usually took place in communities are summarized on the chart below.

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We conducted Kitchen Performance tests in order to determine the quantity of fuel wood the wonder-Cooking-bags can save. This was done by visiting the households for four consecutive days to weigh fuel wood that was set aside used for cooking without using the wonder bags yet. We carried out a general survey on the acceptability and usability of the bag. This was done with help of short structured questionnaires that were designed. Women are assessed on how helpful the bags are to them and what difficulties and discoveries they encountered while using the bags.

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Written by: Earth Charter Young Leader, Rohdof Lactem Yengeh

PCl Field Team consisted of both staff of the NGO, volunteers and interns.

Mr Tsafac Jean Claude, Dahsong Clovies, Efon Elad Constatine, Jacqueline Engongwe, Talla Henry, Rohdof Lactem Yengeh, Tansi Goswill Tansi, Temta Alice Michelle, Patricia Tiako, Dauda Karimou, Dimo Cedric, Ebai Robert, Ebbert  Martin Aike

 

 

 

 

 

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Course has Started and Next one in Spanish Begins 11 Sept!

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Our fifth Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics online youth course in English started on 19 June. With 25 youth representing over 13 nations we are thrilled to be interacting and engaging youth from so many countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, Netherlands, and Canada. The 10-week course will end on 28 August and will cover topics such as Leadership, Sustainability, Ecoliteracy, Systems Thinking, Ethics, Facilitation, the Earth Charter.

The course is being co-facilitated by Youth Projects Coordinator Christine Lacayo and Earth Charter Young Leaders, Victor Okechukwu from Nigeria and Rohdof Lactem from Cameroon.

We have some extremely inspiring and sharp youth in this course; representatives from UN Major Group for Children and Youth, 4 people from the National Union of Students in the UK, someone who is actively involved with the Agenda 21 in the Basque region of Spain, the head of a team of 8 passionate youth in Cameroon who form part of the Hope for the World Youth Association which seeks to bring hope to hopeless communities through entrepreneurship, youth capacity building programs, and someone from the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) in Washington state, a non-profit organization on a small island making sustainable communities a reality by holding land in trust for residents of the island and building affordable homes for low income individuals.

Here are some inspiring quotes from the participants with the following forum question: When you dream about a better future, what are three things you envision?

“I envision a future where all basic needs are met. No one will worry about what they will eat, what they will wear, where they will live, or if they can afford to care for their medical needs. The future I envision has no place for greedy persons. There will be perfect leadership, exacting just judgments. In this world that I envision, no one will be convicted of crimes that they didn’t commit. If someone is disciplined or charged with something, they will have to acknowledge that the judgment pronounced on them was just and well deserved. I envision a world full of peace and true happiness. I believe that with the proper leadership and guidance this future will exist for mankind. I must take the first step to be the change that I want to see.” –Quaniqua Williams, USA

 

 

“I dream of a world where people are caring towards other people and other animals whom we share our planet with- there are so many injustices towards other human beings that is it difficult to think of a time where we will respect all humans and animals on this planet with equal rights to feel safe, secure and free in our world. Also where all humans understand the true meaning of peace and conflicts and war are no longer an issue. Ultimately where people and planet can thrive and where nature can support all human and animal life on the planet and the people can respect and support nature.” – Hannah Wiseman, UK

 

“A future in which human rights are respected. A future in which the basic needs of each individual are covered in a sustainable way. Where the production chain, starting with the procurement of the raw material, its handling, consumption and disposal is done in a responsible way and respecting the social and environmental rights of all involved.” – Itxaso Bengoechea Larrinaga, Spain

“The three most important things for a better future for me would be reduced economic inequalities within and between communities and countries, drastic decline in diseases such as malaria, cholera and HIV in developing countries and quality/affordable basic education for all children up until the tertiary level. I believe that if the world will truly become sustainable firstly we need to educate and equip as many people as possible in a short period of time. I believe that quality education will birth solutions that will unlock other Sustainable goals.”

– Olabanji Jackson-oke, Nigeria

Our next online youth training programme will be in Spanish and will begin on 11 September until 20 November. Deadline to apply is 28 August! Email Christine Lacayo, Youth Projects Coordinator if you are interested in registering for our next course: Youthcooridantor@earthcharter.orgLSE Spanish Sept

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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 youthcoordinator@earthcharter.org

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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 youthcoordinator@earthcharter.org) ! 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!

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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.”

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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:

Cameroon
Better World Cameroon Earth Charter Youth Group

Croatia
ECYG de leut’s environment

Ghana
ECYG For Sustainability and Peace Ghana

ECYG THE PIGOP

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

Nigeria
ECYG Youth Vision Alliance Network

Earth Charter Youth Group Get Organized for Change

ECYG Fresh & Young Brains Development

ECYG Abuja

Somalia
ECYG Somalia

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

Ukraine
Earth Charter Ukraine for Education for All

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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
youthcoordinator@earthcharter.org

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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: ndjama@yahoo.com

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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:

Cameroon
LUKMEF-Cameroon-ECYG
ECYG AFREDECC Limbe

Democratic Republic of Congo
MAISON DES JEUNES ECYG-PRODEC

The Gambia
ECYG Global Unification

Germany
ECYG Marburg

Ghana
IMAAMI Foundation ECYG

Israel
ECYI Israel

Nigeria
ECYG Sokoto for Change

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

Uganda
EANEP – ECYG

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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