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UMAPAZ Earth Charter in Action Programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Foto 3 Formacion de Agentes SocioAmbientalesDuring the first half of 2017, around 19.880 people participated in courses, seminars, workshops and meetings at the Open University of Environment and Culture of Peace (UMAPAZ), and 160.000 participants attended sessions of the Ibirapuera and Carmo Planetariums, also managed by the University. When UMAPAZ was created, it was inspired by the Earth Charter and it served as one of the foundations of this institution.

The UMAPAZ is linked to the Municipal Secretariat of Green and Environment of the City of São Paulo (Brazil), and it is located in the Ibirapuera Park. All UMAPAZ activities, courses or events have been offered free of charge to the citizens of the city of Sao Paulo and to those interested from other cities as well.

Since 2009, UMAPAZ has been developing the Earth Charter in Action Programme with an articulated set of activities aimed at sensitizing, training, and supporting urban socio-environmental agents to carry out socio-environmental projects and contribute to a more just and sustainable city.

In 2017, the Earth Charter in Action Programme of UMAPAZ has carried out the following activities:

  • Earth Charter Encounter with alumi – On 25 January Foto 4 UMAPAZ, Sao Paulo y Carta de la Tierra2017, a meeting brought together the socio-environmental urban agents of the classes held from 2009 to 2016, with the objective of sharing achievements and strengthening alliances.
  • 14th Generation of the Training Course for Urban Socio-Environmental Agents, from April to July 2017, with this 100 hours course, 44 people were certified and 26 socio-environmental projects were carried out in the city.  Some quotes from participants are as follow:

-“I learned to take a fresh look at the city.”

“Putting ideas into practice and still feel safe to have a basis for that is very good! Meeting people (group and speakers) who already act in the area is stimulating, beautiful, hopeful and enriching.

 -“I see the Earth Charter – urban socio-environmental agents, as seeds of trees that are being planted and whose fruits are intended to be harvested in the future.

  • Course of Socio-environmental Agent’s Foto 2 UMAPAZ formacion Carta de la TierraTerritories, in association with SESC Itaquera, focusing the Aricanduva River basin, in the East of São Paulo, from April to July 2017, with 60 hours and 47 people certified. Participants expressed:

-“I came out of this experience with the willingness to put into action all that I have learned here, and recognizing the possibility of expansion of knowledge and relationships.

-” The experience of meeting groups and finding learning spaces in the city was wonderful.”

V Seminar on Environmental Education, sowing the Educating City, on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, This meeting took place on 25 August 2017, organized in partnership with the NGO Aprendiz and included the Programme Sustainable turn around of São Paulo. The Seminar involved Rose Marie Inojosa, Cristina Moreno, and Mariana Noronha, from the NGO Public Agenda.

Foto 2 Carta de la Tierra actividades en la UMAPAZSome activities that are still being carried out, from September to October 2017, are:

  • Experiences in Urban Permaculture Course, based on active learning, aims to provide urban socio-environmental agents with experiences in urban permaculture workshops in different peripheral areas of the city, sharing knowledge and demonstrating how much the city has to learn from its peripheries. Association with Sustainable Socio-environmental Culture Point; Community Association of Vila Nova Esperanza; Architecture in Permaculture and Eco-Friendly House. Bioconstruction Workshops, Herb Spiral, Agroforestry Biodynamic Plant, and Intervention in Prainha Urban Park, in the Grajaú region.

Activities in preparation for November 2017:

  • VI Environmental Education Seminar sowing the Educating City.

 Foto 1 Encuentro Carta de la Tierra UMAPAZ enero 2017For 2018, the Earth Charter programme at UMAPAZ plans to hold:

-The 15th Training Course of Urban Socio-environmental Agents – beginning March

– The 2nd Class of the Articulation Course of Socio-environmental Agent’s Territories – beginning: August

– The 2nd Class of the Experiences Course in Urban Permaculture – beginning: September

– The 7th and 8th edition of the Environmental Education Seminar sowing the Educating City – July and November
The Earth Charter in Action programme of UMAPAZ is coordinated by biologist Débora Pontalti Marcondes and geographer Lia Salomão Lopes.

For more information on UMAPAZ and the Earth Charter in Action program visit:
http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/meio_ambiente/umapaz/

https://www.facebook.com/cartadaterraemacao/

Contact: dmarcondes[@]prefeitura.sp.gov.br or  liasalomaolopes[@]gmail.com

 

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Registration open: Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development 2018

Online Certificate 2018 photoRegistration is now open for the 2018 Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development! Click here to apply.

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. It offers a space to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals with a special focus on the SDG 4.7

Unlike most programmes in sustainability, the Earth Charter is used as a central feature of this approach.The Earth Charter provides a broad, inclusive and powerful values-based orientation that can be infused within the missions and purposes of most educational programmes. The methodologies introduced are ones that can be applied to all learning across the curriculum and across grade levels.

The Certificate Programme has a duration of five months. It consists of four courses plus five seminars. Each course consists of five sessions (one per week). The minimum hourly load per participant required to take this programme is 124 hours.

All information on the Programme can be found here.

The Programme has four courses, which are:OC photo 3

  1. A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being – Facilitators: Lorna Down and Rosalyn McKeown
  2. Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a Call to Action – Facilitators: Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez
  3. Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences – Facilitator: Sam Crowell
  4. The Way Forward: Models and Skills for Implementing ESD with the Earth Charter – Facilitator: Mark Hathaway

The Programme will start on 17 January and will finish on 20 June 2018. The deadline to apply with special discount is 15 November 2017.

Download here the Programme´s brochure and watch our video for more information:

For any questions write to: apply@earthcharter.org

 

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Earth Charter class on Education and Values in The Netherlands

Netherlands photo 1Earth Charter Netherlands collaborated with NIVOZ, a think-tank on education, to hold the Earth Charter Masterclass from 29-30 May, imparted by Professor Sam Crowell, Earth Charter Education Center faculty.

NIVOZ has been advocating, for several years, for the needs of children in education, and the consequences of those needs for the teachers educating them. NIVOZ and Earth Charter the Netherlands were very pleased to have Sam Crowell impart this two-day masterclass. He also offered a public lecture on education and a dialogue with Nivoz staff members.

The Masterclass was attended by 15 participants, who engaged into a dialogue around the WHY of education based on the concept of “Emergent Teaching”, the topic of an inspirational book Professor Crowell wrote.

The social and ecological imperatives of our time, together with the Earth Charter values, were integrated into the class discussions, which lead to curricular questions such as: ¨What kind of person do I want to become?¨, and ¨what kind of world do I want to live in?¨

One of the participants of the Masterclass stated: “Sam Crowell reminded me of the true purpose of education. Sam made us realize that in education, certain things can be anticipated, but the unique nature of each individual student and class is far from predictable. If these moments are given the space to unfold, the results are often transformative(…)”

This Masterclass was offered for the first time in The Netherlands on October 2014; however, Professor Sam Crowell has been co-facilitating this class with Earth Charter Executive Director, Mirian Vilela, since the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, Costa Rica, was inaugurated in 2013.

Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter will be imparted again at the Earth Charter Center for ESD in Costa Rica on July 2018.

Click here for more information on this programme.

Click here to find information on a subsequent gathering with 40 students and professionals working in sustainability and education.

Click here to read Prof. Crowell´s reflection on his experience delivering a similiar course.

 

 

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Master’s Degree in Environmental Management with emphasis on Sustainable Development

U La Salle 2The University De La Salle and Earth Charter International in Costa Rica are jointly offering the Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, with the conviction of promoting leadership among professionals who decide to access this postgraduate programme and acquire the necessary skills for the efficient and adequate management of natural resources, grounding this knowledge in environmental management and the need for technical and operational transformation of organizations.U La Salle 1

This Master’s Degree programme is based on the holistic vision of the Earth Charter, and has the institutional support of the Earth Charter International Secretariat. In this sense, the graduates of this Master’s Degree will be able to access and be involved in the global network of The Earth Charter.

The classes will begin on September 9, 2017, at the headquarters of University De La Salle in Sabana Sur, San José, Costa Rica.

For more information on this programme go to: http://www.gestionambientalulasalle.com/

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Conclusion of the Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development 2017

Diplomado ENG for UPEACE“This ESD diploma and its great content has shifted my look at many topics and changed my teaching experience so far. Before I used to concentrate more on knowledge and data, now I go beyond. I see the links between knowledge, ethics and values more clearly”.   – Nehal L. Khalil, PhD (Egypt).

We are grateful to have successfully concluded the “Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development”, offered jointly by the Earth Charter Center for ESD and the University for Peace.

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. Unlike most programmes in sustainability, in these courses the Earth Charter (EC) is used as a central feature of this approach. The EC provides a broad, inclusive and powerful values-based orientation that can be infused within the missions and purposes of most educational programmes. Instructionally, the methodologies introduced are ones that can be applied to all learning across the curriculum and across grade levels.

This Programme started on 17 January and finished on 20 June 2017.  Twenty participants from fifteen different countries, representing all regions of the world, successfully finished this Programme.

The Programme has four courses, which are:Pic Seminar 2

  1. A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being – Facilitators: Lorna Down and Rosalyn McKeown
  1. Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a Call to Action – Facilitators: Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez
  1. Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences – Facilitator: Sam Crowell
  1. The Way Forward: Models and Skills for Implementing ESD with the Earth Charter – Facilitator: Mark Hathaway

We look forward to start a new Online Certificate Programme on ESD in 2018! 

If you are interested, please visit this page:  http://earthcharter.org/events/online-certificate-education-sustainable-development-2018/   or contact apply@earthcharter.org to receive information.

 

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Education for Sustainable Development Public Policy Course with UNESCO

Education Sustainable Development Public Policy

From 13 to 15 June, the “Hybrid Course on Design and Formulation of Education for Sustainable Development Public Policies” was launched, organized by UNESCO San Jose and the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development. This course is taking place using a hybrid mode, consisting of 36 face to face hours and 30 virtual hours. The beginning of the course took place at the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development facilities in the University for Peace, San Jose – Costa Rica. The course will continue until 8 August 2017.

A total of 25 officials from Ministries of 20170615_171134Education and Environment from each country of the Central American Integration System (SICA), committed themselves to this training. The call for participation was made by UNESCO, with the support of CECC SICA.

During the first face-to-face phase, senior officials deepened their knowledge of sustainable development from a systemic perspective, on the concept of education for sustainable development, and on what are the basic elements of public policies on education for sustainable development.

IMG_6843Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jiménez, who are part of the staff of the Earth Charter Center for EDS, coordinate the course, and facilitators who collaborate include Alejandrina Mata and Rafael Luna. During this first part of the course, a wide variety of exhibitors were invited; from young high-school students to the Deputy Minister of Public Education of Costa Rica, who presented their perspectives on education and sustainability. 20170614_155128

 

It was possible to appreciate the real efforts that each participating country is making towards the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the implementation of Education for Sustainable Development in the curriculum. A paradigm shift of the education system in the region is envisioned, where interrelated educational agendas such as on Education for Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and SDGs are implemented in an coherent and integrated manner.

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Education for sustainable development and cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

IMG-20170426-WA0001The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development was invited to participate in the Latin America and Caribbean Workshop on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and cities, organized by the Global Action Programme on ESD, which took place on 26-28 April 2017 in Villa María, Argentina.

This workshop was part of a series of regional workshops that have been taking place in all regions of the world, with the aim to sensitize about the integration of ESD at the local level, supporting the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The occasion helped participants to learn about different initiatives that municipalities and different institutions associated with local governments are doing to put in practice education for sustainability.

rgentina-Education-Sustainable-Development-citiesThe Earth Charter Center supported UNESCO in the identification of several participants, and during the event, Alicia Jimenez represented the Earth Charter and had different roles, such as moderating, speaking and facilitating several sessions.

 

In parallel, the Regional Workshop on Learning Cities was held, organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Although both events had their defined objectives, the idea was to seek synergies to promote ESD within the network of learning cities.

Villa María was the host city of this event. It is a city of 100,000 inhabitants with an advanced local government, which is putting into practice very interesting projects of education and citizenship empowerment, such as the Children’s Parliament. This initiative invites children to participate in democratic processes, and to implement projects of their interest with a budget that the Municipality gives them.

Argentina Learning Cities

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ECI in Ottawa for the UNESCO Week on Peace and Sustainable Development

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On 6 to 10 March, 2017, two Earth Charter International Secretariat staff attended the UNESCO Week on Peace and Sustainable Development in Ottawa, Canada. The weeklong event brought together over 400 people, including 50 youth delegates, from two transformational movements in education: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). These two spheres have the shared purpose of preparing people to create more peaceful, just and sustainable societies.

The event opened with acknowledgement to the indigenous territory where the event was held, and with an opening ceremony and remarks from Maliseet Elder Mac Saulis. Speeches, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, intergenerational dialogues, a world café, and music were to follow throughout the five days. Participants from government, NGOs, businesses, and educational institutions presented their various projects, initiatives, and goals, and dialogued around the future direction and challenges for ESD and GCED as well as possibilities for collaboration.

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© Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO)

Woven throughout the various presentations and activities during the week, three themes continued to arise: engaging young people, technological innovations, and capacity building for teachers. On the theme of engaging young people, UNESCO built this into the very structure of the event, selecting and brining 50 youth delegates to Ottawa for the week. These delegates, specially selected from thousands of applicants, came representing different organizations and networks related to ESD and GCED.

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One the Action Areas of GAP is on mobilizing and engaging youth in ESD. Partner Network 4, a network of organizations recognized by UNESCO for their contribution in this area, has met annually at these GAP meetings to scale up, build synergies, and implement a flagship project related to mobilizing youth in ESD. Earth Charter International (ECI) holds a co-chair for GAP Partner Network 4, and recently designed the ESD Leadership training script as part of the Flagship project.

During the week, key partners in Partner Network 4 met to offer feedback on the new training script, to debrief on their experiences running pilot workshops, and to plan the following phases of the Flagship—an ESD Young Leaders Network for training alumni and an ESD Young Leaders Conference in 2018. Meanwhile, all key partners across all five Partner Networks reviewed their collective progress toward their GAP commitments and flagship projects.

Using technology and social media to engage young people was another recurring theme. One way that ECI is rising to this challenge is through one of their GAP Commitments, a 10-week online training for young leaders in ¨Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics¨ which includes weekly tasks online and offline. In addition, ECI has developed and launched a free photo-sharing app, MAPTING, in collaboration with Soka Gakkai International, for sharing positive actions contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The photos and videos are linked to the related SDGs and Earth Charter principles and pinned to a shared world map. Other organizations are finding new ways of using social media, digital story telling, virtual reality, and online platforms to expand, enhance, and develop new ways of doing ESD.

student-teacher-coordinator-online-esd-courseIn addition to youth participation and new technologies, many participants were focused on training teachers for ESD and GCED. In this area, ECI was able to share their online certificate programmes and intensive in-person courses for educators on Transformative Learning while learning about the platforms, methods, content, and structures that other organizations are using or considering.

Beyond participating in the planned events during the event, ECI staff were delighted to reunite with old Earth Charter friends, meet students and professors from online courses in person, and meet new potential partners and collaborators. They were also keen to ground ethics and values as the foundation of the dialogue on education for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

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AASHE endorses the Earth Charter!

AASHE Endorsement Earth CharterWe are happy to announce that the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has endorsed the Earth Charter.

Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries.

We asked Julian Dautremont-Smith, Director of Programs of AASHE, to share with all of us what is the meaning of the Earth Charter for them and why it was important to endorse it. This is what he shared:

AASHE is pleased to endorse the Earth Charter.

We greatly value the Charter’s comprehensive approach to sustainability, especially the inclusion of social and economic justice, democracy and peace along with ecological integrity.

We have a similarly holistic understanding of sustainability and refer the Earth Charter as a key document in understanding sustainability in our Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a self-reporting framework used by hundreds of colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. For example, a course is counted as being sustainability-inclusive if it contributes towards realizing one or more of the principles outlined in the Earth Charter.

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Earth Charter presentation in California by Professor Sam Crowell

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On February 20, Sam Crowell presented an introduction to the Earth Charter to almost 150 people from a local community action group in Idyllwild, California. Idyllwild is a small mountain village in southern California that is surrounded by national and state forests, with snow-capped peaks rising to almost 11,000 feet in elevation. It is a community noted for its commitment to the arts and to the environment.

 

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The group, “Indivisible Idyllwild,” was formed to engage the Idyllwild community in an on-going dialogue around issues and policies affecting the poor and disenfranchised, sustainability, and social equality of women, LGBT, and immigrants – all impacted by the rhetoric and mandates of the Trump administration. The group’s mission is to work toward “sustainable economic, environmental, and social justice for all,” focusing first on the community and region, but also joining with others to advance these causes nationally.

Sam pointed out that the Earth Charter offers a compatible vision that emphasizes respect for diversity, care for the environment and all communities of life, a call to social and economic justice, and the commitment to peace and non-violence.  Sam suggested that the Earth Charter principles and values can offer two significant things for the group: 1) inspiration and guidance for engaged action; and 2) a planetary vision that connects what is done locally to a shared vision of peoples around the world.

Foto SamLocal efforts make a difference. When the energy of those actions is combined with a planetary vision of love, care, and compassion, then it is amplified in positive and profound ways. Finding a role for the Earth Charter in these contexts makes the Charter relevant to today’s world. “Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

For the seventh time, Sam will be co-facilitating with Mirian Vilela a master class on Education, Ethics, and Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter at the Earth Charter Center in Costa Rica, on July 3 – 7, 2017.

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