As our 4th Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course of 2017 comes to a close we celebrate all of the wonderful comments, opinions, and experiences participants have been able to share with each other on our course platform.
This 10-week online training programme seeks to prepare youth with the skills and knowledge to be a sustainability leader and implement Earth Charter-inspired action projects in their community, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.
This past course that ended on 20 November had participants from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. Participants implemented their workshops in their communities on various topics such as systems thinking, the Earth Charter and the SDGs, Sustainable Development, and much more.
Our next English online youth course will begin on 15 January- 26 March to ring in the new year with a deadline to apply by 2 January. For more information the course watch our video below and to apply please visit:
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:
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.
Teaching Sustainability Education to Children 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.
My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!
As the Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator, 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.
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 Earth 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!
By: Fredy Alonso Mercado Diaz, Teacher at University Antonio Nariño UAN-Sede Cartagena, Colombia.
Since the year 2015, at University Antonio Nariño (UAN) Headquarters in Cartagena, Colombia, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, with several events taking place under the name: “Green Night at the University Antonio Nariño-UAN Sede Cartagena”.
However, since 2017, the events are based on the content of the Earth Charter, carrying out the third event of commemoration of this day, which we call “The Marketing of the Earth.”
With a group of Marketing Management students, we took on the task of raising awareness among the academic community and with special guests from other universities, promoting the biggest supplier of our lives to everything we consume, with a product scheme, just as large corporations do with their goods and services.
Based on the principles of the Earth Charter, the event included the following activities:
1-Earth Supply: Everything we consume comes from the Earth.
By Marketing Management student, José Milanés
2- Humanity Demand: How do we pay?
A) Responsibilities -María José Barreto- Marketing Management student
B) Attitudes -Sindy Duran- Marketing Management student
C) Principles- Bertha Eucaris García- Marketing Management student
D) Values-Carmen Cano Orosco- Marketing Management student
3-Commitment: Signing of promissory note of commitment to Mother Earth. Wilmer Castrillón – Marketing Management student
4- Ceremony of planting trees with supplies donated by the company Aguas de Cartagena
It is important to note that, based on the Earth Charter, we generated a good marketing of the Earth, especially creating awareness of the care we must give to our universal heritage and emulating that, just as every day we pray to the Lord, we must also humanize our relationship with our MOTHER EARTH.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
A conference on Education, the Earth Charter,
and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development.
The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles.