Colombia Archives - Earth Charter

Two digital books on environmental forums in Colombia

The Environmental Studies Institute (IDEA) of the National University of Colombia in collaboration with the Environmental Education Network and RCE Bogotá have been organizing Environmental Forums and Pedagogy Training opportunities on education for sustainable development using the Earth Charter as a reference.

As a result, members of IDEA and RCE Bogotá published two digital books with the speeches and other resources that were shared in the forums and training opportunities that took place from 2009-2012.

Find the digital books (in Spanish) below:

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Colombian province Cundinamarca endorses and commits to the Earth Charter

Hon. Álvaro Cruz Vargas, Governor of the Department of Cundinamarca, endorsed the Earth Charter in a public ceremony in the community San Juan de Río Seco on June 6th and committed to “assume with co-responsibility and perseverance the Earth Charter principles; as well as in the daily practice…with the purpose of contributing to sustainability for a better world, more just and equitable, where each person respect diverse ideas, behave with tolerance and favors the inalienable right of others to the free expression of ideas.”

After the event the “caretakers of the environment” children planted trees with the Governor and the Mayor as part of the World Environmental Day celebrations.

The event and endorsement were possible thanks to the initiative of Vilma Parra and the support of Lino Donaher from the Maestros del Río Foundation in Colombia, new Affiliates of Earth Charter International .

After a youth workshop given by Betty McDermott from ECI in a secondary school of the community of Zipaquirá, the first Colombian youth network was formed in Colombia.  Local authorities also agreed to adapt the teaching material  “Let’s learn a Sustainable Way of Life with the Earth Charter” for primary schools in the area.


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EC educational projects for primary schools in Colombia

Filosofarte Foundation, an Affiliate of ECI in Colombia, founded the Eco AUM ecological school in Bogotá using the Earth Charter as its foundation. According to the Foundation, it allows the school to concretize the philosophy and the “ethos” contained in the Earth Charter with which they fully agree.

They also successfully organized and implemented a pilot program with the Earth Charter (2010-2011) at the Liceo Femenino Mercedes Nariño in Bogotá, which allowed them to confirm the educational advantages of the Earth Charter.  This is a girls’ school of approximately 3,000 low-income individuals.

They carried out workshops, field trips, made a school garden, danced, made music, conducted research activities and other activities, and made several videos that you can see below:

The Earth Charter: Left a footprint!:

The girls from the school commit to the Earth Charter:

Teachers support the Earth Charter:

More information in Spanish about the pilot program here.

Also, Maestros del Río in Zipaquirá, Colombia and a group of committed teachers have been working at schools with the Earth Charter and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) since 2011. Find more information in Spanish about their methodology and activities here.

They also created a video titled “Children cleaning the world”, which participated in the recent ECI video contest.

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Course with the EC at the National University in Colombia

IDEA (Institute of Environmental Studies) of the Colombian National University and Earth Charter Affiliate, has organized a course for postgraduate studies about Environmental Education and Sustainability for this semester (July 1 to August 22) and has devoted a whole module on the Earth Charter. In fact the Earth Charter is used as framework for this module.

The main goal of the course is to contribute with the basic conceptual and methodological elements of Environmental Education and complement the professional formation of the participants for them to participate in interdisciplinary teams in processes of design, elaboration and implementation of Environmental Education and Sustainability.

The teaching team is composed of Professors from the National University of Colombia as well as professionals formed at the highest level of undergraduate and graduate studies with experience in teaching and research on Environmental Sciences and Environmental Education.

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EC dissemination in Colombia

The Asociación Colombiana de Educación Preescolar (Pre-school Education Colombian Association), an ECI Affiliate, has carried out some interesting activities in Colombia during 2010, among them the following:

  • Dissemination of the EC principles in three of the pages of Animal-Es, an ecological journal with a distribution of 5,000 copies.  The EC was highlighted in the central page as well as in pages 10 and 11. 
  • Design and elaboration of 1,000 posters with the support of the Municipality of Bogotá, Fundación Maestros Del Río, AnimalES journal and Columba Pax Foundation.  This material was distributed in November throughout secondary schools with a copy of the AnimalES journal.
  • At the same time, the Earth Charter was incorporated in pages 22 and 35 of the “Pioneros de la Educación en Colombia” (Pioneers of Education in Colombia) magazine in celebration of the 50 anniversary of ACDEP-OMEP (World Organization for Pre-School Education).  500 copies are being distributed in private educational institutions, including universities.
  • During the International Congress on Pedagogy and Childhood titled “Human Ecology: Innovation for Education Institutions” (held between 21 and 23 October), an EC stand was installed where copies of the journal and an EC flag were given to participants.  As a result the interest of several educational institutions on the Earth Charter arose, among them kindergartens, secondary schools and universities.  Visits to those institutions started at the beginning of November.
  • A song was composed by Gloria de Alarcón based on principles I and II of the Earth Charter and is now part of the Musical Education Program base on values and principles for the nations of the world, Latin Kid’s Gospel of the Unidat International Foundation.
Singers: Children Erika Lizzette and Katherine Alarcón González, daughters of the composer.
This Colombian “bambuco” titled “Qué Mundo Construyes para Mi” (What World are you Building for Me) can be heard here in Spanish, English, French or Swedish.

This program is part of the pilot programs supported by the Association and was sent to the OMEP World Congress in Sweden with the theme: “Sustainable Development” and at the same time is part of the Earth Charter dissemination program.


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El grupo juvenil de la Carta de la Tierra, ASOTEMIRE, organizo un dia de la limpieza en las playas de Antioquia, Colombia

La Carta de la Tierra
5. Proteger y restaurar la integridad de los sistemas ecológicos de la Tierra, con especial preocupación por la diversidad biológica y los procesos naturales que sustentan la vida.
a. Adoptar, a todo nivel, planes de desarrollo sostenible y regulaciones que permitan incluir la conservación y la rehabilitación ambientales, como parte integral de todas las iniciativas de desarrollo.


Nuestro grupo juvenil colombiano, ASOTEMIRE organizo un evento social en las playas de Antioquia, Colombia, en mayo 2010. Aparte de que para la diversión, el evento fue organizado para una causa muy importante: la limpieza de las playas de Antioquia. Más de 70 personas participaron en el evento, incluso los miembros de ASOTEMIRE y sus amigos y familiares.

Carmelo Daza, el coordinador de ASOTEMIRE, comento que  todos los participantes se divirtieron mucho en ese día limpiando, jugando y nadando. Este evento que puso la Carta de la Tierra en acción causo cosas buenas no solo para el medioambiente sino para toda la comunidad de Antioquia también.

El día de la limpieza es un buen ejemplo de un evento importante y además es algo que todos podemos fácilmente organizar en nuestras propias comunidades.

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Earth Charter Youth Group organized a beach cleaning day in Colombia

Protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.

Colombian Earth Charter Youth Group ASOTEMIRE organized a social event on the beach in Antioquia, Colombia in May 2010. The purpose of this event was to get together and have fun while doing it for a good purpose. 

More than 70 people, including also friends and family members of the activists of ASOTEMIRE, cleaned up the beaches of Antioquia. According to Carmelo Daza, the coordinator of ASOTEMIRE, everyone had good time cleaning, playing and swimming. Therefore putting the Earth Charter in to action caused something good not only for the environment but to the whole community of Antioquia, too!

This is a great example of an important activity that everyone is able to organize within their own communities.

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