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Special Projects Fund Activity Reports

In October 2008 Earth Charter International called for applications for our Special Projects Fund, generously funded by Plan Netherlands. The Vision for the Fund is that Earth Charter Youth Groups organize events that engage youth and promote dialogue and action for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

We received 16 high quality project proposals from Earth Charter Youth Groups all around the world and after a careful selection, decided to fund the following 6 youth groups:

Congo – ECYG AZUR Development

Togo – Togolese Foundation for Peace

Belarus – ECYG Youth International Club “NEWLINE”

Peru – Asociacion Peruana de Escultismo

Canada – Cowichan Intercultural Society Youth Projects

Nigeria – ECYG Calabar

Now you can read their activity reports online and leave your comments for the specific projects!

Thank you for the great work done!


Earth Charter Youth Group activity in Togo.

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The Little Earth Charter animated shorts

Get ready for Earth Day! Little Animation is proud to announce the release of its latest animated series for early years education – The Little Earth Charter. What do the words Life, Interconnected, Family, Past, Earth, Peace, Love and Future mean to you? To respect and care for life, human rights, the environment, and a sustainable future on earth: loveable duo Planet Earth and Little Rosie will show you!

 

The Little Earth Charter was created to help teachers integrate universal environmental values into their classrooms. It is a compelling and entertaining audio-visual educational program produced in consultation with the Earth Charter Initiative and Manitoba’s Ministry of Education Citizenship and Youth. Little Animation Inc. and the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund with Manitoba Conservation provided funding for this project.

 

Directed by JC Little, the eight shorts have been animated by 1996 Oscar nominee Alexei Kharitidi, with music performed by children’s entertainer Rosie Emery. The DVD is now available in English and French for the educational world by CINEFETE Distribution. We are also pleased to announce that we will be presenting the project at the 5th World Environmental Education Congress in Montreal in May 2009. A book series based on the Little Earth Charter is in the final stages of development.

 

Great for early years!

 

www.littleanimation.com

www.littleearthcharter.org

 

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Enough Already… music inspired by the Earth Charter

“Enough Already”, is a powerful song composed and performed by Pam Gerrand, Pam is a very creative and inspiring artist from Canada.  She has been working closely with Dr. Mitra Doherty, Earth Charter Affiliate from Canada, and has been using the Earth Charter as inspiration for many of her songs.

 

The Earth Charter Initiative appreciates the work that Pam is doing and how she is promoting the Earth Charter through her talent.   We invite you to listen and watch the video of “Enough Already”, which can be viewed through the following link:  http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=SYwQLWlMLZA 

 

The message of this song focuses on the importance of ‘simplify, share and sustain’. Since its launch in 2008, this song has reached many hearts and ears. Pam won an award for ‘most viewed musician’ on YouTube in the first two days!

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Pam Gerrand’s work, she has three CD’s full of original and inspiring music.  Her website is www.pamgerrand.com

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The Little Earth Charter for Kids

For younger kids, The Little Earth Charter has been created through a collaboration between JC Little of Little Animation Inc. and Rosie Emery, a singer and songwriter and environmental educator.

 

This is a remarkable animated video that captures the principles and momentum of the Charter in sights and sounds and the language of children.

 

The Little Earth Charter is available on-line, and children can watch and learn through almost any web browser. Just go to:  http://www.littleanimation4kids.com/EC.html

You can choose to watch in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, or Dutch–and Russian is on the way.

 

The animation is colorful, fun, lively, and good for the planet. It’s divided into eight sections: Life, Interconnected, Family, Past, Earth, Peace, Love, and Future. Click on the Interconnected section, and you can watch a children’s song about our place on the Earth and about the Charter.

 

Other music, games, and stories about the environment and related topics for kids are also available on the site, which kids should be able to explore for hours.

 

Rosie herself has an impressive history of producing such kids programs as the Rainbow Road Tour of environmental educational music, which visited schools through Canada and the northern United States from 1997 to 2003. Its Songs, like We’re All Interconnected, The Rainbow Road, Friends of the Earth and Dolphin Teach Us to Play, are standards in many elementary schools across Canada.

 

The kids who watch these videos and hear the songs will be off to a much better start for sustainability than any of us grown-ups ever got off to.

 

Little Animation was founded in 2004 by JC Little and has as its mission to provide Earth-friendly, socially responsible children’s content for TV and the web. The company has created several projects, including the tween-targeted My Life Me, a manga TV series now in development with Canadian broadcaster Tele Toon. Little Animation also gives children a voice through Kid’s Stories International, which features stories written and illustrated by children around the world, and brought to life through animation as 5 minute shorts. The principles of the Earth Charter are naturally integrated in Kid’s Stories, coming directly from the hearts and minds of children.

 

The Little Earth Charter joins other exciting new educational initiatives for the Earth Charter. In Turkmenistan, a new program is underway to create a child-friendly learning environment in public schools for kindergartners aged three to seven, for example. It includes training and materials for teachers, as well as improvements in school facilities for sanitary toilets, safe drinking water, and proper ventilation. It also seeks to include parents in school programs, and has support from Unicef.

 

And these join other Earth Charter-related educational programs around the world, from Costa Rica to Russia.

 

Visit www.littleearthcharter.org.

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