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Pictures of an EC Youth Group event in Ghana

4. Secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
a. Recognize that the freedom of action of each generation is qualified by the needs of future generations.

Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator Seth Asare from Ghana shared these pictures from the event the EC Youth Group organized. This awareness event, Youth In Action On Going Green Project, took place on April 17th 2011 and focused on health and environment. 105 youth from Eastern region of Ghana participated in planting trees, cleaning areas which facilitate mosquito breeding in stagnant waters, and learning about the day’s themes. The event was organized by ECYG Youth in Action Ghana

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Reasons to Embrace the Principles of the Earth Charter by ECYG coordinator

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

So whatever affects we down here in Africa, definitely affects the natural and moral institutional law everywhere in the globe.

Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea.

Anyone who lives inside the boundaries of this global world can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

So we have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions and activities of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

The world is been degraded by its dwellers, the people have neglected their moral and natural laws and so injustice is ruling the land.

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with each other under a common culture of peace and nonviolence and under the Moral law of God.

Without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending global environments elegy into a creative psalm of new and friendly innovations, and progress. Now is the time to lift our national and global policy from the quicksand of racial, cultural and political injustice to be solid rock of human dignity.

Let us all with a combined and conscious effort save the land and the atmosphere from giving up on us:
Let us remember the natural and the moral laws of our land.

By Mr Emmanuel Agyemang Badu
The founder of ECYG the Pigop Ghana

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Youth Project in Ghana

The Earth Charter Youth Group for Sustainability and Peace Ghana organized a project in June – August 2010. This Group was started by Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku in December 2009 and since then the group has been organizing seminars, workshops etc. to train the youth on their responsibility as far as sustainability and leadership are concerned.

The project in 2010 was attended by students, youths and volunteers in Dansoman community. It was organized to train on leadership and on the need to protect the earth.

June, 2010
The official launch and first discussion
The project was launched with a discussion on volunteerism and leadership for selected 200 students in one of the schools. John Akwetey who is the country coordinator of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Ghana was the speaker for this discussion.

The following officials were invited to attend the launch: the department of primary and secondary education, the department of environment, the department of health, the advisor of the municipality and the directors of the schools involved.

This marked the beginning of the project where the future leaders were brought together to share ideas for their perceptions on the destruction of the environment.

July, 2010
The interactive radio programme
A new interactive and innovative Radio programme was aired in July as part of the project. This program integrated the listeners through SMS and allowed them to report back to the programme.

A discussion was organized on the radio on the theme of the Earth Charter’s ethical principles and the transition to sustainable living. The programme was held in the local language and the participating youths were supported by a journalist. Youth reported to the program about the issues affecting them in the communities.

August, 2010
On Saturday 14th August, 2010 a workshop was organized with the participants.

The event was started with an open prayer by Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku, who also shared his travel experience to the EC+10 event in the Netherlands in June 2010. The moderator, Elfrida Addo-Wilson, gave a brief history of the Earth Charter. In the workshop two videos were shown: on the principles and values of the Earth Charter and other one on Manuel Obregon, the Minister for Sports and Culture in Costa Rica, playing piano in the EC+10 celebrations. In addition a poem, “It Starts With One”, was shared with the participants. After this, Mr. John Akwetey, the country coordinator of Rainforest Action Network Ghana gave a speech on volunteerism to reinstate what he spoke of in June during the launch of the project.

After this participants divided into 4 working groups.
Group 1: Ecological Integrity
Group 2: Social and Economic Justice
Group 3: Youth Leadership and Education
Group 4: Democracy, Non-Violence and Peace

Here you can read the conclusions of the group discussions.

The project was funded by Global Greengrants Fund through Rainforest Action Network.

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"A little bit of your knowledge, money or time" – 1%CLUB partnership

1%CLUB is the online marketplace that connects people with smart ideas in developing countries with people, money and knowledge around the world.

We are talking about sustainable projects that stimulate the self-reliance of individuals anywhere in the world and improve their standard of living.

To achieve this, we need three things: a little bit of your knowledge, money or time. You choose how, when and how much you want to participate. The people that run the projects that you are involved in keep you informed on the progress. It is that simple.

Earth Charter Action Project Platform

1%CLUB partners with the Earth Charter International and has created an Earth Charter Action Project Platform where Earth Charter inspired projects can seek for support. Several Earth Charter Youth Groups have already taken this opportunity and sent their project proposals to 1%CLUB. You can see and support them here.

One of the project presenters is Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku, Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator from Ghana. The project is called “Strengthening Youth leadership in Kumasi, Ghana”. The aim of the project is to strengthen youth leadership on sustainable development using the Earth Charter as a tool for change.

This project has received already 2060 euros out of needed 3700 euros. Godfred tells that he has been advertising his project to all of his friends and contacts abroad. This is highly encouraged form of activity!

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Welcome new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups!

Earth Charter, 12.c.
“Honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies.”


I am glad to inform that 12 new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups have been started! These groups have decided to ally with the Earth Charter Initiative to promote sustainable ways of living in their communities.

Please, join me in welcoming the following groups to the Earth Charter youth network:

Better World Cameroon Earth Charter Youth Group

ECYG de leut’s environment

ECYG For Sustainability and Peace Ghana


Students for Global Sustainability – University of Nairobi (SfGS-UoN)

ECYG Youth Vision Alliance Network

Earth Charter Youth Group Get Organized for Change

ECYG Fresh & Young Brains Development

ECYG Abuja

ECYG Somalia

Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust [AIDEST], an – All Africa Sustainable Development Organization

Earth Charter Ukraine for Education for All


As an example for other groups, I want to share with you an email that I received from Herman J.B. Kizito, a youth group coordinator of the newest Ugandan Earth Charter Youth Group. This email shows a great example on how a new Earth Charter group can start their actions:

“We have begun a series of strategic and promotional / awareness actions and outreach campaigns involving:

  • Primary and Elementary Schools Outreach programmes discussing the Earth Charter concepts, opportunities and needs to get connected. These schools range with enrollment capacities of 150 children to 2000 and more, ages 6 years to 14 years old; boys and girls. Some of these schools have expressed their interests to promote their goals worldwide under the AECON banners. Uganda has over 2000 primary schools be it Public or Private or Faith-Based, yet, already AECON has access to 300 of these in all regions of the country. Our assessments of their individuals show that most would like to start School Environmental Clubs, School gardens, Exchange visits as well as Waste Recycling Project, but they lack funds, let alone Educational materials.
  • Community Green Enterprises Programme has been started, we are planting trees, collecting and recycling garbage.
  • Networking is on; we are interacting with other Stakeholders.
  • Forwarding Earth Charter internet contacts to others; we are already passing on the Earth Charter information to many for direct contacts, asking that they do the same.”

More free / low-cost ideas can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the Earth Charter youth network, check out through this link what can you do to work for more sustainable future!

Welcome to the Earth Charter youth network,
Jaana Laitinen
Earth Charter International Youth Facilitator
[email protected]

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Earth Charter Youth Group in Ghana visited a development centre

This activity report is written by Godfred Nana Asiedu Opoku, an Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator from Ghana.

“We at the Earth Charter Youth Group for Sustainability and Peace Ghana take this opportunity to say thank you to the international youth facilitator for her never ceasing supports she gives us. She’s a real good source of inspiration to us in Ghana.

Before, I became a social worker, I was working in the travel and tourism industry but something touched me to serve the less and underprivileged in my community and beyond hence the ECYG for Sustainability and Peace Ghana. It has always been my uttermost desire to see that children in my community have access to better education since they are the future leaders.

It is believed that when children in schools are provided with the basic amenities needed for their early childhood development, their brains develop well and as a result, these children will be critical thinkers, problem solvers as well as good leaders who can make good policies to change the lives of other children in the communities they grew up from.

As I embarked on this visit to the development centre, I was shocked and surprised to see the kind of teaching materials the children use for their class work and other activities assigned by the class teacher. They had no library, no proper teaching boards and not even proper school uniforms to wear to school.

Some of these children have the potentials of becoming good leaders in society and even the nation at large. I therefore decided to provide textbooks, pens, pencils and also see that the school children enjoy proper early childhood development.

A time will come when school children in the Ghanaian less developed communities will have better childhood development. It is about time we invest in their lives for them to have that better access to good education. The principles and values of the Earth Charter will continue to be our guide in our activities as well as projects.”


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Reasons to embrace the Earth Charter

Mr. Emmanuel Agyemang Badu of Ghana, the Earth Charter Youth Group Coordinator from ECYG The PIGOP, wrote an article on the need of using the Earth Charter as an ethical framework and as an inspiration to take action. Please read and leave your comments!

PS. Do you want to share your thoughts on the Earth Charter? Send them to youthcoordinator @ to be published.

I am writing this at the end of February 2010. It is almost March, an early spring, but it is still snowing here and it is still freezing cold sometimes. As I am getting prepared to move from London to Ghana, I have made some phone calls home to find out what the weather is like there, and I have been very surprised to hear, that it is actually raining during Hamatan, during the sunny season. I find it hard to believe. I am afraid that something even worse could be ahead if we do not do something about this. The world is changing from its natural state to an unpredictable dimension. We must act now -to protect our Precious Legacy.

It has been predicted that 2010 is on course to be the hottest year since 1860

More than 1,700 scientists signed a statement defending global warming research in December 10, 2009, as the London Met Office confirmed that the year 2010 could be the warmest year on record. A combination of a man-made global warming and El Nino Pacific current make it very likely that 2010 will be warmer than 2009 and the warmest year since 1860, said the London Met Office. The latest figures were unveiled after skeptics claimed that experts had manipulated evidence to support a theory of man-made climate change. Scientist at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen confirmed that the 2009 was expected to be the fifth warmest year on record. The London Met Office went even further saying: ‘The global temperature is forecast to be almost 0.6C above the 1961-90 long-term average.’ Researchers also gave a note of caution, warning that the record in a year 2010 was not a certainty, especially if El Nino declined or if there was a large volcanic eruption.

Meanwhile, billionaire George Soros unveiled plans to use 92 billion pounds sterling of international Monetary Fund money to provide immediate finance for poor countries to develop clean technology. ‘Soros’ proposal shows exactly the kind of ambition and urgency we need to see from rich governments themselves,’ said a spokes man from Oxfam. According to Soros; ‘It’s time for governments to stop side stepping climate finance and put their money where their mouth is.’

As the wealthier governments are going to support the poor ones, every one of us as individuals also should act, regardless of being rich or poor. This is our world, One World, One People, One Culture. We all must embrace the Mission and the Vision of the Earth Charter and endorse it as our way for happier life and for a sustainable future.

This world is on the verge of moving from its natural state to an unpredictable state, a state where the various seasons may be constantly changing and also where the weather forecasts may be trusted no more; because of the unpredictability of the environmental changes. Our actions, attitudes and activities are putting this beautiful planet in danger. We need to come together as one, with one accord and a common goal to safe this planet for the future generations. This is our world; this is where we live and where the generations after us will live. We should start to embrace and protect this precious and wonderful planet. 

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Ghanaian and Nigerian Earth Charter youth activists meet

On August 12th, which is the International Youth Day, I, Ogaga Maxwell (Nigerian Earth Charter Youth Group Warri’s coordinator) was on a democratic learning visit to Ghana, organized by the DESLAY programme. This is a democracy programme initiated by Youngstars Foundation Jos and sponsored by National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Washington D.C, USA.

I used this opportunity to hold a meeting together with the 4 Nigerian and 3 Ghanaian Youths. In the meeting I introduced the Earth Charter to those who were not already aware of the declaration for more sustainable future.

In addition to that the project director of Youngstars Foundation Jos, Bola Abimbola, shared on the relationship between Governance and Environment, and key factors towards the sustainability of our various youth initiatives. He discussed extensively on the concepts of emerging leaders and the difference between governance and good governance. Whilst a Nigerian youth John O. John shared on his work in Zamfara state, a sharia state, in Northern Nigeria. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS awareness work in Zamfara working with rural children.

After this Ghanaian Aminu Bonifacio and Samuel from the ECYG Youth in Environment and Agriculture shared on their activities in Ghana.

We looked at the challenges that young people are facing in both of the countries; in addition there were various form of interactions and exchange of contacts. It was a great time of cross-national interaction on the Earth Charter on the international youth day!

Ogaga E. Maxwell
Earth Charter Youth Group Warri

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10 new Earth Charter Youth Groups!

ECI is happy to announce that 10 new Earth Charter Youth Groups have been created during May – July 2009!

Welcome aboard Earth Charter Youth Groups in:


Democratic Republic of Congo

The Gambia
ECYG Global Unification

ECYG Marburg

IMAAMI Foundation ECYG

ECYI Israel

ECYG Sokoto for Change

Papua New Guinea
Earth Charter Youth Committee PNG for Ecological & Economical Sustainability


ECI is very happy for this development and hopes to hear from several new youth lead action projects from all over the world soon.

Welcome to the Earth Charter youth network!

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