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Suomalaisten vapaaehtoisten ryhmä käänsi Earth Charter –verkkosivut suomeksi!

Kestävän kehityksen peruskirja (eng. Earth Charter) on julistus, johon on koottu oikeudenmukaisen, kestävän ja rauhanomaisen nyky-yhteiskunnan rakentamiseen tähtäävät eettiset perusperiaatteet. Peruskirjan tärkein päämäärä on siirtyminen kestävän kehityksen mukaisiin elintapoihin sekä haastaa meitä pohtimaan arvojamme ja tekemään parempia valintoja, sillä juuri nyt ajattelutavoissamme ja elämäntyylissämme on pikaisesti tapahduttava suuria muutoksia.

Kestävän kehityksen peruskirjan ymparilla toimii Earth Charter –kansalaisliike, joka on yhteisnimitys harvinaisen moninaiselle, maailmanlaajuiselle ihmisten, organisaatioiden ja instituutioiden muodostamalle verkostolle, jonka jäsenet edistävät ja toteuttavat osaltaan Earth Charterin arvoja ja periaatteita. Toimintaa on yli 90 maassa.

Vihdoin Kestävän kehityksen peruskirja on saanut suomenkieliset verkkosivunsa ja ne löytyvät osoitteesta http://www.earthchartersuomi.org/. Niiden myöta Earth Charter –kansalaisliiken toimintaa ollaan aktivoimassa myos Suomeen.

Suomenkieliset verkkosivut on saatu kokoon vapaaehtoisten kääntäjien avustuksella. Samainen vapaaehtoisten ryhmä on työskennellyt myös kahden muun tekstin parissa: An Earth Charter Guidebook for Teachers and EC Assess. Vapaaehtoisten joukossa on niin kääntämisen ammattilaisia, opiskelijoita kuin puhtaasti kestävästä kehityksestä kiinnostuneitakin. Sivut käännettiin suomeksi vuoden 2009 aikana, minkä jälkeen Earth Charter Internationalin brasilialainen yhteistyökumppani vastasi sivujen teknisestä toteutuksesta.

Earth Charter Internationalin sihteeristö on äärimmäisen kiitollinen vapaaehtoisten ryhmälle ja kannustaa muutkin kestävästä kehityksestä kiinnostuneet lähtemään mukaan Earth Charter kansalaisliikkeen toimintaan!

Lisätietoja vapaaehtoisuudesta löytyy täältä tai mailaamalla suoraan Jaana Laitiselle.

Lisätietoja suomeksi
Jaana Laitinen
Earth Charter International Youth Facilitator
youthcoordinator [@] earthcharter.org
Puh. + 506-2205-9062 (GMT – 6)

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Interns from a Finnish University

Earth Charter International is grateful to have three full-time interns, Samira, Veronika and Volodymyr. Samira and Volodymyr are from the Finnish University of Jyväskylä and conducting for 6 months long internships whereas Veronika is going to spend a year in Costa Rica. All interns are doing highly valuable work, such as translations, collecting Earth Charter stories for EC +10 reports and Annual Reports.

Samira Aghabayova
Samira is from Azerbaijan. She has been living in Finland for the past two years, before this she spent one year doing European Voluntary Service. Currently she is a student in the Master’s Programme in Development and International Cooperation at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, majoring in education. As part of her Master’s programme she is doing an internship at the Earth Charter Center for Sustainable Development. Her background and interest in education for sustainable development, combined with her language skills and desire to become part of the Earth Charter network, inspired her to join this community. She is certain that the opportunity of working at the Earth Charter will give her essential practical experience.

Volodymyr Motyrov
Volodymyr of Ukraine is a Master’s degree student in Intercultural Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. For a long time he has been interested in learning about different cultures and the variety of ways in which peoples of the Earth interact with each other. He has a keen interest in child rights, education for sustainable development, special needs education, and sustainable development. He did an internship in UNICEF at the Department of Child Rights Education in 2008. Later, he went to a summer school in Sustainable Development: “Youth Encounter on Sustainability” and during his last academic semester did a study exchange at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he followed courses in special needs education.


Veronika Georgieva
Veronika holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Mari State Technical University in Russia, and she has lived and worked in Russia, Europe and now in Central America. Veronika is currently doing a one-year internship in the Earth Charter International Secretariat. Since her internship started, Veronika became passionate about Sustainable Development and environmental issues. Also Veronika came to ECI Secretariat from Finland where she was working for a year before moving to Costa Rica.

The work of interns is very important for the small secretariat and we are happy to continue receiving master’s students from the University of Jyväskylä. Two new inters will start in March when Samira and Volodymyr will finish their duties with the ECI secretariat.

Thank you, kiitos, Samira, Veronika and Volodymyr!

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Several new Earth Charter national websites are online

The Earth Charter International is pleased to announce the creation of several new national Earth Charter websites. Making basic information on the Earth Charter available in as many languages as possible is a key part of the ECI strategy. The purpose is to reach out to individuals and groups in different parts of the world in their own language. We are happy that the following new EC countries are ready:

Finland:
http://www.earthchartersuomi.org

Italy:
http://www.cartadellaterra.it/

Nigeria:
http://www.earthcharternigeria.org

USA:
http://www.earthcharterus.org/

We invite you to share this information with groups and individuals that might be interested in this.

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Gratitude to Mikko, Earth Charter Intern

We are happy to have Mikko Erpestad interning full-time with Earth Charter International, here in Costa Rica for 5 months. His work is highly valued and will support youth activities tremendously.

Mikko’s bio:

My name is Mikko Erpestad; I am Finnish-American dual citizen studying in the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland for a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication. Growing up in a multicultural family and experiencing international travel from an early age instilled in me a deep curiosity in learning about different cultures. Because of this interest I studied a lot about different cultures and countries and through those studies I learned much about problems that affect all of us. These problems are among those addressed by the Earth Charter.

After completing my Bachelor’s Degree, my interest in other cultures and my conviction about the importance of aid work led me to join the Peace Corps in 2002. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I taught English for two years in a small, rural village in Kyrgyzstan and had a number of secondary projects that dealt with youth, education and the environment. The experience of living for two years in an impoverished, developing country was an extremely important experience for me, and it motivated me to continue learning about and participating in developmental work and sustainability. I started studying intercultural communication with the aim of going into developmental or humanitarian aid work after graduating. I believe that this opportunity at the Earth Charter will give me valuable practical experience in working in an international organization with an important mission.

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