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EC Congress to be held in Spain in November 2009


The Fundacion Valores, Instituto de Formacion Avanzada (Infova) and Instituto de Potencial Humano (IPH) are organizing and convening the 5th Earth Charter Congress: “Values for Life and Business” which will take place 14 and 15 November 2009 in Madrid, Spain. The purpose of the event is to create a space where participants can debate about economic challenges, and its relationship with environmental and social concerns, as well as the urgent need for responsible action from all for building a better world.

This event is focused on the essential and protagonist role the business sector needs to take in order to generate a positive transformation of society. The understanding is that this change towards a new model can only happen with the responsible, engaged and committed participation of businesses.

The event will be an opportunity to look at solutions and alternatives for global and individual changes through values and motivations that inspire individuals to take the challenge of promoting a new economic model.

The Congress will have the participation of

  • Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of Fundación Cultura de Paz (Culture of Peace Foundation), Earth Charter Commissioner for Spain;
  • Leonardo Boff, doctor in theology and philosophy and one of the initiators of the “Theology of Liberation”; Earth Charter Commissioner for Brazil;
  • Joan Antoni Melé, Territorial Director of Triodos Bank for Cataluña and Baleares;
  • Oscar Motomura, founder and Executive President of Amana-Key, a center for excellence in administration with headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil and member of the Earth Charter International Council;
  • María Pinar Merino, writer, psychotherapist and specialist in communication techniques and group dynamics;
  • Gonzalo Martínez de Miguel, Lawyer, Master in Business Management, Director of Instituto de Formación Avanzada – INFOVA (Advanced Training Institute), a company Affiliated to Earth Charter International and specialized in training management teams, also co-director of Observatorio de Comportamiento Humano de la Empresa – OCHE (Business Observatory of Human Behavior);
  • Fidel Delgado Mateo, Clinic Psychologist, he has worked over the past 30 years educating trainers and health professionals;
  • Gustavo Bertolotto Vallés, Director of Instituto Potencial Humano – IPH (Institute for Human Potential), Economist, specialized in Industrial Psychology, Trainer and co-creator of PNL (Neurolinguistic Programming);
  • Joaquín Tamames, Lawyer, MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, and business executive.

For more information in Spanish please see the website of Fundacion Valores or click here to see the brochure of the event.

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Screening of climate change film “Age of Stupid”

In 14 October, ECI Secretariat and the British Embassy in Costa Rica organized the screening of “Age of Stupid” at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Age of Stupid is an independent British film that presents a vision of the world in 2055 after a hypothetical catastrophe due to climate change.

Around 60 students and staff members came to watch the movie and then participated in a discussion forum with the British Ambassador, UPEACE Vice Rector and ECI Secretariat Director.
 
The British Embassy has signed an agreement with the producers to screen this movie in public events. The producers are very interested in spreading the word about the importance of the upcoming climate change negotiations, and are trying to have as many screenings as possible.

If you are interested in organizing a screening of this movie, you can get in touch with the producers through their website: www.ageofstupid.net

Or contact the British Embassy near you; they might be able to co-organize such an event with you.

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EC Affiliates from Zambia and USA are joining efforts to fight poverty and global warming

The COPE Project is a joint venture between Earth Charter US and the Workers Education Association of Zambia, both are affiliates of the Earth Charter Initiative.  The aim is to move rural people from poverty to contentment without going through the carbon economy.  They are using the Earth Charter Principles to guide their actions.

 

The project focuses on three main areas,

    1. reducing reliance on wood and charcoal for cooking, by using solar cookers and Rocket stoves

    2. water pasteurization, using solar cookers and filters

    3. sanitation, using waterless toilets

 

The implementation of the project will free the rural people from the energy drain of chronic illness and the environmentally destructive practice of gathering wood.  This will free up time for more constructive and productive uses of their time and energy, which the villagers decide how to use, according to their cultural customs and inclinations.

 

Victor Phiri, the Project Manager for WEAZ, has spent the last two months flying to Kenya and Namibia to gain training and expertise in our project tools.  George Sherman, Board Member for the Earth Charter US, has been providing logistical support from the US.

 

In October Project COPE is bringing together the WEAZ trainers, experts from Kenya and Namibia, village elders and the Chiefs of the two target villages, and interested villagers for intensive 4 days trainings.  During that time, Victor Phiri will also be teaching the Principles of the Earth Charter.  Once the training is completed, then the implementation phase will start.

 

During the implementation phase, people in the villages will begin to spread the technology to others.  People who in the past were paid for charcoal, a time consuming and environmentally destructive form of cooking fuel, will now be paid for teaching how to use Rocket stoves and solar cooking, preserving and enhancing local economies.  Similarly, others trained in making the stoves, toilets, and pasteurization tools will be marketing these to the villagers.  As the villages begin to realize the benefits with additional time and energy, young girls will be encouraged to go to school, and older villagers will be helped to channel their new found energy into whatever productive projects they are interested in, such as micro finance, Fair Trade coops, alternative energy consortiums, or health projects.

Click here to see more photos of this project’s activities.

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EC partner EarthProtect, a NEW Networking Video Site for the Planet, celebrates their worldwide launch

Do you wonder what happens to all those recycled cell phones and batteries? These questions and many more environmental topics are addressed on this new social networking video site.  EarthProtect.com, partner of Earth Charter International, is a worldwide environmental hub that brings like-minded people together, connecting them to experts and global resources in order to raise awareness and promote action to sustain our world. Featuring thousands of videos and films, EarthProtect.com covers all aspects of our Earth organized in 13 environmental categories to help easily access targeted information. Plus, through the site user-friendly interconnected features, users can easily join forums, blog, use the online “green” business directory and get involved with over 24 nonprofit partners to further their knowledge and impact sustainable change. More information here.  Información en español.

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Internartional Conference on Climate Change in Greenland

An international conference on Climate Change and Sustainability took place at the small South Greenlandic town of Narsaq from April 20-23, 2008. A group of international scientists, local high school students and representatives from the local community were present and made working groups during the conference to know how climate change will affect people and animals in the region.

 

The local Earth Charter Group, Green Cross Sweden and WWF, Denmark sponsored the event, which resulted in the Earth Day statement. Download file

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Global Climate Change Local Community Summits

Earth Charter U.S. (ECUS) invites you to host a Climate Change Community Summit on October 11, 2008 and join a global community of 58 cities in celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth. Using the Earth Charter’s ethical framework for sustainability, each city custom designs its Summit to bring people together to most effectively address climate change and its effects in their locale.  ECUS is coordinating the Summits and  underwriting the web technology that will connect all the cities in a global round-robin on Summit Day and for monthly interactions to share experiences and good practices for the following year. For more information and start-up kit email Jan@earthcharterus.org

 or visit www.earthcharterus.org .

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EC Principles Support The Converging World – UK/India

The principles of the Earth Charter are being applied by a new organization called The Converging World, which has launched innovative projects to build wind turbines in Southern India with finances from UK companies and individuals. The Converging World promotes integrated social change and development in Tamil Nadu, and helps people and businesses in the UK and elsewhere to reduce their own personal carbon emissions.

 

A simple description of The Converging World is that it raises money from individuals and businesses concerned about climate change, environmental damage and social inequality; it uses this money to link communities locally and across the world; and through partnerships it will take action to reduce emissions, the damage, and inequality.

 

The idea for The Converging World originated in Go Zero — a community-based project in the parish and surrounds of Chew Magna, a small village south of Bristol in the UK.  The name Go Zero stems from the desire of the residents to “move toward a zero waste society.”

 

A major source of money will come from investing in renewable energy schemes that generate income and save greenhouse gas emissions, and the investment money will come from allocating these saved tonnes of CO2 to individuals and businesses in return for donations and pledges to reduce consumption.

 

The Converging World has already launched its Energy Tree Project, through which it is planting wind turbines in Tamil Nadu.  Each machine, each “energy tree,” from the day it starts turning is substituting for the electricity that would otherwise be created by burning coal — India’s electric power currently comes 80% from coal. Each turbine will save at least 12,000 tonnes of C02 equivalent over its lifetime. The funds, and eventually the income from selling electricity, will provide money for more turbines, for educational grants and for community linking.

 

Soon The Converging World will look for similar opportunities in other parts of the world. These projects will be locally controlled and will directly link communities across the world.

 

The project says “Convergence is a process — it is a series of many small steps over a long period. These steps are often most effective when you are part of a community that is working together to achieve change and doing more than any individual can do by themselves.”

 

Please find out more by visiting:  http://www.theconvergingworld.org/

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