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Network of University Radio Stations promoting the Earth Charter

The Association of University Radio Stations of Spain, the University Radio Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RRULAC) and the University of Extremadura organized the IV Meeting RRULAC IB: “University Radio in Progress: Towards the Conformation of a Media Agenda” with the participation of university radio representatives from more than a dozen countries of the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe (Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, the United States, Portugal, Italy and Spain). The Meeting took place from 24 to 27 October 2018, in Madrid and Cáceres.

Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza offered the inaugural speech of the Meeting, where he spoke about “The era of knowledge“. Throughout his speech, he mentioned the importance of university radio stations in the current context, from the point of view of proposing themes and denouncing the situation that we live in our days. In this regard, he stressed the importance of the “Earth Charter” as a working document for university stations.

During the Meeting, the RIU (International University Radio Stations, Network of Networks) endorsed the Earth Charter and invited all its networks and broadcasters to subscribe and use it individually. Institutionally, RIU is committed to working on the dissemination of the Earth Charter among its radio stations and associated networks, as well as among the citizens through specific actions of radio and transmedia communication, using the 16 principles of the Charter.

As a follow up, RIU is planning to sign an Agreement with the University Institute for Human Rights, Democracy and Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (DEMOSPAZ), of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Ramón Areces Foundation. The Agreement will seek to generate an action plan, which among other actions, will aim at developing radion programmes on this and the dissemination of the Earth Charter among the 300 media and university platforms that are part of this international network of radios.

 

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Radio Programme in Spain broadcasts the Earth Charter

Zero Emission, the programme from Spain´s International radio, which is the only program in Spanish dedicated to sustainability, disseminates the Earth Charter in its regular transmissions. The director of the program, Ricardo Fraguas Poole, shares his experience in infusing the values and principles of the Earth Charter in its transmissions.

THE EARTH CHARTER AND JOHN LENNON´S ¨IMAGINE¨ FUSED ON ZERO EMISSION IN SPAIN´S INTERNATIONAL RADIO

By: Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Zero Emission

EMISIÓN CERO RADIO INTERNACIONAL DE ESPAÑADear friends of The Earth Charter,

It is with great emotion, pride, and satisfaction that we are able to share with all of you that the message of the Earth Charter is our daily Creed at ZERO EMISSION, Spain´s International Radio program dedicated to the diffuse and promotion of Sustainability.

We cannot find a better way to begin our program than to reaffirm ourselves in what is articulated in the preamble of the Charter.

“We are one human family, with a common destiny.” “We live moments of privilege, to be able to govern in the right way our present and our future”. “Respect and protect Earth and nature, Universal Human Rights, economic justice and the culture of Peace”.

I am continuously thrilled every day, over and over again, by publicly diffusing these words and ideas, which fill our existence with meaning.

This is something I do with the intention of helping us to remember and to assume the privilege of exercising the genuine and sincere act of generous responsibility, of caring for one another, and of preserving the natural environment that gives us life.

We infuse each program in ZERO EMISSION, which I invite you to please consider as yours, the feelings and the values of the Earth Charter, along with the poem and song of John Lennon, “Imagine¨; we confirm that yes, we are dreamers. We believe and we know that we can make a better world for more people. We are not alone in this task. We are moving along. That each day we become more and more, and that we are succeeding in this task.

I am also pleased to share with all of EQUIPO DE EMISIÓN CERO1you the celebration of our first year of live transmissions as the only programme in Spanish dedicated to the promotion and awareness raising of Sustainability.  Our audience comes from five continents; they tune in through devices connected to the Internet, in Podcast version, and through frequencies in the associated stations of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, and Spain.

On ZERO EMISSION we promote the decarbonization of industry and transport and support the actions and initiatives of the United Nations for sustainable development; as well as movements such as divestment, driven by our fellow media group The Guardian and Bill Mckibben.

You can find access and free downloading of all the programmes issued since October 2016 up to date in: http://www.radiointernacional.es/programas/emision-cero/

We hope and wish that all those who promote and use the Earth Charter can participate in our programme sharing your information and actions. As for us, we will continue to to the most we can with our informative work on Sustainability, in which we believe in and enjoy.

Congratulations on your work.

-Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Emission Zero.

 

 

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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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Mapting: New photo-sharing app to popularize Sustainable Development Goals

Discovering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Earth Charter Principles while spreading a positive message about the future of our planet through picture and video sharing —this is the idea behind Mapting, a new mobile app developed by Earth Charter International in collaboration with Soka Gakkai International (SGI).

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Mapting is a free tool that invites users to look for everyday actions that people take which help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Then it´s as simple as snapping a photo or video and sharing it on a world map.

mapting-home-screenBeyond a photo and video sharing app created to map positive actions worldwide, Mapting is also a learning tool. It was designed in such a way that each step, from the home page to the photo sharing process, offers an opportunity for its users to learn more about the 17 Goals and the principles of the Earth Charter. The app combines these two complementary frameworks, the SDGs and the Earth Charter, to build connections between the targets, or where we need to go (SDGs), and the fundamental shared values that we need to get there (the Earth Charter).

Mapting was officially launched at an event called “Youth boosting the promotion and implementation of the SDGs” held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 November 2016. Mapting received enthusiastic support from participants and NGOs. The app quickly had users from Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland and the US with more people joining every day.

Mapting was created based on the belief that individuals, specifically young individuals, have power to initiate change. This app is a simple, entertaining way to discover and engage around the Global Goals and the Earth Charter with the potential to popularize and expand the movement for sustainable development.

Download Mapting now for free at www.mapting.org to join people around the world who Snap & Map everyday acts that contribute to the SDGs.


Authors: Dino De Francesco, Digital Communications Specialist and Sarah Dobson, Youth Projects Coordinator at Earth Charter International

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Earth Charter International launches new website

The Earth Charter has a new online home with a new, cleaner look.
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The Earth Charter has a new website and this online home for the global movement and for Earth Charter International includes modern aesthetics and tools. ECI is very happy to have moved the online aspect of the Earth Charter movement to a modern and flexible website. The Virtual Library will also be easier to search for visitors doing research or seeking specific resources. ECI will be working on improving the website over the coming months to make the experience of learning about the Earth Charter and finding useful resources better and easier.

We hope that you will visit the site frequently and take advantage of the numerous free resources in our virtual library, as well as stay up-to-date with happenings within the global movement, the youth network, and education programmes. Let us know what you think!

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Interview with new Earth Charter International Affiliate from Belgium and Germany

tuuli-sauren-affiliate-headshotInspirit Communication joins Earth Charter International at the end of 2015.

Earth Charter International is happy to announce its newest affiliate from Belgium and Germany, Inspirit Communication. The director and owner of this organization, Tuuli Sauren, gave this interview to ECI.

ECI: What is Inspirit International Communication?

A:    We are communication design agency and are growing more towards becoming an advocacy agency for those who have no voice, for example human rights and gender equality are close to our hearts. We offer Creative Leadership services for companies who need help to see the bigger picture, helping them find innovative new ways to conduct their business, and suggesting solutions. We are for profit, but a lot of what we do comes from our passion and we are not only about business and profits. We are adding social value, which can’t be measured financially.

inspirit-logo-with-icograda-alternative-2015ECI: What does it do?

A:    We offer communication design services, which are not limited to only making campaigns and other classical design related materials for our clients (websites, info-graphics, adverts, publications, animations, just to mention few). We also don’t consider that we work “for” our clients, rather that we work with them and nurture partnerships and are not seen only as suppliers. We love our clients and do almost anything it takes to get them the best possible end results and satisfaction on projects. We are thriving from using our skill set to make a significant contribution to the world by helping to communicate and taking part as an active participant on important issues. We have a special focus on social and cultural sustainability, (human rights, indigenous peoples rights, gender equality, wildlife, i.e.), as well as financial sustainability, including issues such as fair compensation for work, anti-corruption, and transparency on business polices, all of which are issues very close to our hearts.

ECI: What does the Earth Charter mean to you personally?

A:    The Earth Charter is a lifestyle. I’m not sure if other people in the EC network see it the same way. The Earth Charter unites people, in a less official way than United Nations, but I see the Earth Charter as working more at the everyday life level. Thinking about it this way, it has the potential to become a trend. Increasing sustainability should be a trend, which will grow forever. The Earth Charter represents a culture of peace and it should have its own song. It is a community with no borders.

ECI: How does the Earth Charter impact your work? Your life?

A:    The EC will further support our vision and mission, which are already well aligned with those of the Earth Charter.  I am very much looking forward to this new friendship and collaboration towards common goals. United efforts have a bigger impact and higher success rate than those coming from a small company as ours. We are eager to learn from Earth Charter International and I hope that we will be able to offer something in return that Earth Charter International doesn’t have yet.

ECI: How will INSPIRIT International Communication foster the Earth Charter vision?

A:    We want to see it adopted by many more people. We aim to help to capture the attention of the youth and get them involved in the Earth Charter lifestyle and promote its 16th principle this year. We want to communicate the principles in a language that is accessible to everybody. Same language, same vision, same mission towards one goal.

ECI: What activities are you planning using the Earth Charter? EC+16?

A:    The June 29th, 2016 Earth Charter Day is about the Earth Charter’s 16th principle. We want to explain the principle in the form of an info-graphic, which can be understood regardless of language. It will be accessible to everybody, including those with hearing impairment and those who can’t see, with a voice-over function. We want to launch this globally and share it with other Earth Charter communities and network participants.

ECI: Is there anything else you’d like to say about the Earth Charter?

A:    We are honored to have the opportunity to join the family. Earth Charter is a family without borders or restrictions based on skin color, nationality, or religion. It speaks to anybody who wants to listen.

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EC Education Center completes third programme of 2015

From April 13-17, the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development offered its first programme for sustainability communicators. The programme, called “Communicating Effectively and Powerfully on Sustainability: The Earth Charter, Theater Training, and Storytelling” was co-facilitated by Jesai Jayhmes, an actor and communications coach, and Douglas F. Williamson, also an actor and communicator and on staff at Earth Charter International.

The programme was attended by eight participants from six countries, making the diversity very enriching and exciting. The diversity of participants was handled expertly by the facilitators, who, as usual for Earth Charter Center courses, steered the interactions towards fostering a sense of community and familiarity.


The programme integrated the Earth Charter and sustainability thought with communications tools and techniques from the theater and storytelling traditions. The focus on storytelling elicited the core concerns of the participants about their respective challenges in communicating about sustainability issues. It was, at times, very intimate and also endearing to hear the personal motivations and stories of the participants. These personal connections to the issues in the form of stories are essential for creating powerful and effective communication.

The final day of the programme consisted of staging a performance of a theater production written by and performed by the participants. It was both fun and carried a strong message about the competing interests of development and individual motivations and the opposed vision of the community of life and the need to preserve its integrity.

See all the course photos here.

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Earth Charter +15 kicks off!

On 25 February, ECI began its celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the Earth Charter with a highly compelling webinar with two eminent guest speakers. The webinar was moderated by ECI Executive Director Mirian Vilela and the guest panel consisted of former UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor and current Green Cross International President Alexander Likhotal. Both speakers have been longtime supporters of the Earth Charter. The theme of the webinar was “Thinking about Earth Community”.

Federico Mayor spoke about the Earth Charter and described it as a summary of solutions to many of the world’s problems and encouraged its study in all schools. He stressed three main points of importance in the world that are also expressed in the Earth Charter. First, he observed the need for intergenerational responsibility and the urgency for farsightedness. Secondly, he emphasized the importance of participatory democracy based on equality and human rights. Finally, he stressed the importance of empowering women to be the cornerstone of the coming changes. Reflecting on the Earth Charter and its importance to the Earth Community, he stated “We must return humanity to humans.”

Following that, Alexander Likhotal offered his broad perspectives on the Earth Community and the Earth Charter.  Mr. Lihotal began his talk with an overview of large global trends including social and economic trends. Coming back around to the Earth Charter and Earth Community, Mr. Likhotal offered the following words, “There is more freedom, but less air. The soul is thirsty for something overwhelmingly good, call it spirit. The soul is suffocating…Freedom decoupled from some ethical depths becomes locked to the surface and acquires a destructive power. At the ultimate depth, there are no isolated values because there is only one, an integral love in which freedom, responsibility, and wisdom define the borders of the possible.”

The webinar was attended by 40 people and there was a lively discussion in the chat box as well as a vibrant question and answer for the last 30 minutes of the session.

You can view a recording of the webinar here.

The next webinar in this series of celebratory EC+15 webinars will be on 29 April and will focus on the ecological integrity pillar of the Earth Charter.

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As part of the EC+15 celebrations, Earth Charter International has launched a photo contest and hopes to receive inspiring images and messages on people’s understanding of the year’s slogan “One Earth Community, One Common Destiny”. The contest will be open until Earth Day, April 22nd. ECI attracted three main sponsors to the project, Yes! Magazine, The Greenhouse of the Future project and the Journey of the Universe.

YES! Magazine is an award-winning, ad-free, nonprofit publication that supports people’s active engagement in building a just and sustainable world and reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, YES! outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world. Yes! Magazine is donating a year’s subscription as a prize for the contest.

“Yes! Magazine’s Susan Gleason wrote, “Yes! is fully identified with the Earth Charter’s values for sustainable development. We are really happy to be able to support the Earth Charter and help the international network celebrate 15 years of this beautiful vision.”

The contest is also sponsored by The Greenhouse of the Future, a cutting-edge sustainability project. The Greenhouse of the Future is an innovative and strategic design, built of recycled and natural materials, that interacts with the natural phenomena of the planet in order to create the ideal environment for growth and abundance. The project can show you how to learn radically sustainable technologies that can lead to self-sufficiency through respect for nature and lead you towards an outstanding quality of life. The Greenhouse of the Future project has generously donated several of their e-Book/DVDs showing you to build one of the greenhouses step-by-step.

The contest is also sponsored by The Journey of the Universe Film, Book, & Conversations. This award-winning project is a collaboration between evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Journey of the Universe is donating its film and learning materials as prizes.

Find out all the details on the Earth Charter +15 photo contest here: www.earthcharter.org/ECplus15photocontest

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Earlier this year in January, ECI co-organized a webinar in France the The Forum for the Common Good. This webinar was the first collaboration between the two organizations and signifies increased outreach and interest in France. The event was organized as part of the EC+15 effort. You can read more about it here.

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Finally, two separate Earth Charter youth groups in the United Arab Emirates carried out activities in celebration of Earth Charter +15.

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EC Youth Group Students for the Earth organizes EC+15 photo contest

Guest post by George Zacharia

“Every walk with nature, just helps you to realize that there is still more you can do for it.”

This was one of the messages received for the “My 2015 Environmental Message Competition” organized by Students for the Earth, an EC Youth Group, in support of the 15th anniversary of the Earth Charter.

Students for the Earth, is a youth group based in the United Arab Emirates that engages in a variety of activities including environmental, humanitarian, and cultural activities, and was founded in 2013. The group has organized workshops, visits, volunteering activities, and charity collections. It organizes campaigns and competitions on social media to spread awareness. Students for the Earth was selected as the October 2013 youth group the month. They recently participated in a Clean Up Drive to clean up the city of Sharjah, and also organized an all UAE online quiz and art competition to celebrate the country’s national day in December.

The competition asked students from grades KG1-Grade 13 to come up with their messages for 2015. It had to be less than 15 words. To spread awareness about the Earth Charter’s anniversary, we also asked students to add “#ECplus15” in their messages. Even though the notice was short, the group received a lot of entries and 14 finalists were chosen. From them, one winner was selected by popular vote and six winners were selected by a panel of judges. The competition was able to reach to more than 12,000 people from different countries.


“We never expected such a large response to the competition. We are glad that we were able to let students know about Earth Charter and its principles and also how they could bring it about in their lives,” said George Zacharia, the founder of the group. One of the comments read, “Good work dear Kids! You Students for the Earth proved to be real teachers of Mother Earth.”

The group is planning to organize more events this year including a one-day environmental conference by youth and various other activities. The group can be contacted through its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/studentsfortheearth or studentsfortheearth@gmail.com.

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EC+15 celebrations for 2015

In the year 2000, the Earth Charter was officially launched on June 29th in a ceremony in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. The launch was preceded by nearly a decade of efforts in the most participatory manner ever achieved by a civil society initiative to agree on the universal ethical principles of sustainable development. Since 2000, the Earth Charter has spread around the globe, has been translated into more than 40 languages, and has inspired millions of actions, activities, initiatives, organizations, and individuals, all to make a more peaceful, more, just, and more sustainable world.

Now, fifteen years later, the world is in some ways better, in other ways the same, and in still other ways is worse. 2015 is a moment for us to rekindle the torch of hope that the Earth Charter represents. It is a moment for the world community to recommit to achieving the lofty goals set forth in the Charter. And so, ECI is officially launching its EC+15 Campaign with the following logo and slogan:

ECI will be holding several events, mostly online, and will also organize two artistic contests, one for photos and another for videos over the course of the year. The schedule of planned events include webinars in February, April,  June, and another one near the launching of the SDGs in September, and a final one to reflect on the year in December.

On 20 March ECI plans to organize, in collaboration with partner organizations, a face-to-face event at its facilities in Costa Rica called “Finding Synergies, Building Bridges.  Reorienting Education towards Sustainable Development, Sustainable Consumption and Global Citizenship”. 

Several ECI Affiliates have already announced their own celebrations. The Mexican network is planning a suite of events around Earth Day (22 April) at the University of Coahuila, and ECI Affiliates in the Netherlands will also hold events on 29 June  in the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Earth Charter International would like to invite all of you, individuals and organizations, to plan actions and activities under the slogan “One Earth Community, One Common Destiny” during 2015 to celebrate the Earth Charter and initiate action and awareness in your communities. The more actions and activities that the global EC movement can organize, implement, and share worldwide will add strength and vitality to the movement.

ECI would like to have as much news about these celebrations as possible, leverage social media, and offer as many people as possible the chance to learn about and learn how to use the Earth Charter. So, start thinking about how you, your community, or your organization can participate.

Let us know by sending us information, posting on facebook and other social media platforms, and use the hashtag #ECplus15.

Thanks and we look forward to celebrating the Earth Charter with you next year!

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