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Results of Earth Charter Photography Competition

The Centre for Environment Education of India (CEE) under its programme called Paryavaran Mitra, organized a photo competition based on the 16 principles of the Earth Charter. The contest was open to anyone interested worldwide. After careful examination of all the submissions, the judges chose five winning photos, and recognized twelve more with high scores. 

Paryavaran Mitra is a nationwide education programme in 2 lakh schools across India, implemented by CEE in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and ArcelorMittal. It promotes transformative education in schools, with curricular and co-curricular activities and projects, with the aim of having students become change agents for sustainability.

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Photo Competition on the Earth Charter

Paryavaran Mitra programme organized a Photo Competition, where the Earth Charter is the main theme!

Participants of this photo competition could focus on one of the many topics contained in the Earth Charter, all related to build a more sustainable, just and peaceful world.   In the competition’s website many topics were proposed,  as well as prizes and rules for participation.   The deadline for submission was on 18 July 2011.  

Paryavaran Mitra is a nationwide education programme in 2 lakh schools across India by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and ArcelorMittal. It  promotes transformative education in schools, with curricular and co-curricular activities and projects, with the aim to have student become change agents for sustainability.. 

The Paryavaran Mitra programme synergizes several national level initiatives like the National Green Corps (NGC), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC), and builds on partnerships at the national and international level

Find here more information about Paryavaran Mitra.

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EC+10 Conference Report and Video Released

From 1 November to 3 November, 2010, the Earth Charter +10 Conference – convened in commemoration of the Charter’s 10th Anniversary – was held at the Centre for Environment Education in Ahmedabad, India. Centered around the theme of an “Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World”, EC+10 brought together over 500 participants, representing countries from all over the world and a wide variety of different fields of interest, including environment, human rights, gender, peace, and many others. The Conference sought to find ways in which the ethical and values dimension could be better integrated into Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and to understand the role of the Earth Charter in accomplishing that mission.

The report and official video from the Conference have recently been released at the EC+10 Conference website. Both products present the results of the Conference, including the array of participation and the findings of the many different working groups that were formed.

The report is available at
And the videos are available in this link:

Our thanks to all of the many partners that made EC+10 such a great success, and especially to the Centre for Environment Education for hosting the conference and compiling this report.

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Youth Participation in the EC Conference in India

The Earth Charter +10 Conference “Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World” was held at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) campus in partnership with the Earth Charter International (ECI) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, in Ahmedabad from 1st to 3rd November, 2010. The Conference was held to commemorate 10 years of the Earth Charter (EC).

The Conference brought together over 600 participants, including about 300 participants from all over the world.

Youth at the Conference
A major focus of this conference was engaging youth, enabling them to share their experiences in applying the EC principles in their work. The South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) played an important role in bringing together the youth from various regions to participate and bring in their perspectives to the overall conference and the various workshops. This was possible through support from the UNEP ROAP Asia Pacific office.

Based on the learnings from the youth participation at the previous international conferences including the Fourth International Conference on Environment Education (ICEE), it had been decided that there would not be a separate workshop for youth. The SAYEN youth representatives would be a part of each of the 10 thematic workshops being organized for the conference and contribute to the proceedings.


82 youth represented SAYEN at the conference including students and young development professionals from different backgrounds such as law, commerce, media, environmental planning and technology, biodiversity, climate change studies, human resource management, peace studies, academic research, information technology, arts, science etc.

Five students from the Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune, Mr. Sriekit Tadepalli, Ms. Sangeetha Rane, Ms. Nimisha Misra, Ms. Shraddha Ganwani and Mr. Shekhar Kanagali interned with CEE during the Conference. They came from varied disciplines such as event management, journalism and mass communication, and New Media and ICT. They were placed with the Conference Secretariat to work on the Conference website and virtual conference, the Conference Daily Report, the planning of the plenaries and working with the Youth team to gather support for youth participation at the conference.

Pre-Conference Youth Workshop
A pre-conference workshop was organized by the SAYEN Secretariat on 31st October at CEE towards strategizing the youth participation at the conference. This was attended by all the participants.

As part of the workshop, all the participants were introduced to SAYEN, informed about the various activities of the network and the different activities that they could undertake as SAYEN associates in their own region.

The workshop gave an understanding to the youth participants about the conference, the role of youth at the conference, the detailed information about workshops, plenaries and other components of the conference.

Participants also prepared for the thematic workshops of the upcoming days. Based on their interests the youth representatives chose the workshop that they wanted to be a part of. This was followed by the working group session where all the youth participants discussed their reflections on the Earth Charter principles and their expectations from the 10 workshops. This session saw an energetic debate on various issues such as access to versus the potential of ICTs, the need for consultative policy decision making and issues relating to understanding religion and spirituality and the idea of oneness.

Together, the youth decided that they would participate actively in the conference as –
• Workshop Rapporteurs
• Plenary speakers
• Facilitators, and
• Volunteers


Setting Up the Youth Corner
The youth decided to set up the ‘Youth Corner’ outside the CEE Auditorium. The theme was “Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumption”. Posters, Collages, Exhibit material and information on the related issues were displayed for the visitors.

The Youth Corner saw a good reaction from participants of all age groups who came forward to read and understand what the youth want, and also leave behind their encouraging messages. The youth got all the visitors to the Corner to put their thumbprint on a canvas that had a dying tree as a symbol of the present state of the environment, painted on it.

All the youth participants at the conference made full use of the social networking sites to voice their opinions about the conference and share the proceedings with their counterparts all over the world. They were engaged in discussions and deliberations on

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • blogs and websites of the conference

They were involved in giving out live feeds on the proceedings of each of the workshops and the plenary sessions.

Representation at Plenary
Mr. Hemant Sahal represented the youth at Plenary on “Education for Sustainable Development”. He talked about values and principles being communicated through education, saying “It is not difficult to do the right thing, but to understand what is right”.

Virtual Conference
The eagerness and enthusiasm of the young participants reflected at the Virtual Conference that took place on the second day. This was organized by Heart in Action Enterprises and the Earth Charter International secretariat. During this conference, the youth interacted with the youth associated with EC across the world, alumni volunteers and administrators of the Earth Charter Global Learning Opportunity (e-glo), and other EC members from different corners of the world.

Youth Blog
The youth had initiated a blog titled – Youth @ Conference to discuss their strategy before the conference, share their learnings and experiences from the thematic workshops during the conference and carry the discussions forward after the conference.

Participation at Workshops
The youth representatives attended thematic workshops as planned and
shared their learnings with each other
at the end of the day.

See the whole report here.

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Gandhi and the Earth Charter – new inspiring book available

As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning.
– The Earth Charter

You must be the change you want to see in the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi

New publication launched in November during the Earth Charter+10 event in Ahmedabad, India: Earth Charter and Gandhi—Towards a Sustainable World, compiled by Kartikeya Sarabhai, Meena Raghunathan and Amishal Modi, offers a brilliant study of the linkages between Gandhian thinking and the Earth Charter Principles.

The book, containing the foreword by Prof. Steven Rockefeller, presents each of the EC Principles, accompanied by a carefully selected collection of thoughts by Mahatma Gandhi, corresponding with the discussed issue or problem. Starting with the topic of respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, economic and social justice, up to the question of peace, non-violence and the future of humanity, the book’s authors succeed in demonstrating the deep connection between Gandhi’s and Earth Charter’s views on the fundamental challenges facing our world today.

Earth Charter and Gandhi—Towards a Sustainable World offers the reader a wonderful insight into the Gandhian philosophy and the Earth Charter, inspiring compassionate thinking and positive action.

Publication details:
Authors: Kartikeya Sarabhai, Meena Raghunathan, Amishal Modi, and Steven Rockefeller (foreword)
Title: Earth Charter and Gandhi—Towards a Sustainable World
Publisher: Centre for Environment Education, Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad
ISBN: 978-81-89587-59-8

For ordering and more information please write to

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Glimpses of EC+10 India

CEE campus in Ahmedabad India, was the scenario of a very inspiring and fruitful conference called “Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World”, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter. 

This conference took place from 1-3 November, 2010, and it was formally inaugurated by the Honourable Governor of Gujarat,Smt. Kamalaji

Kartikeya Sarabhai, CEE Director and Mirian Vilela, ECI Director made the introductory remarks.   The first conference address was offered by Amit Khare, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.  

In these links you can find the CONFERENCE REPORT, PHOTO ALBUM, MEDIA COVERAGE and full programme of the event (

Steven Rockefeller, who chaired the drafting committee of the Earth Charter, offered a keynote address during the first day.  He said that humanity has the potential to build a well ordered world and community to create a promising future. In order to realize this possibility, the world needed to come together and cooperate as never before and make the hard choices necessary to redirect the course of events.  Mr. Rockefeller’s complete speech can be found in this link.

An interactive video conference was held with Ashok Khosla, President of IUCN Council and  Julia Marton-Léfèvre, IUCN Director General, who were in Switzerland, but were able share their thoughts on IUCN and Earth Charter.

Other plenary sessions and working group sessions took place during the first and second days, in addition to cultural events.  The first night, Manuel Obregon, Minister of Culture and Youth of Costa Rica offered a piano concert called “Symbiosis”.   The second night, Malika Sarabhai and artists of Darpana offered a performance ilustrating the story of Ahmedabad.

Day 3 of the EC+10 conference  started with a session in the serene environment of the Sabarmati Ashram on the banks of river Sabarmati, from where Mahatma Gandhi had once orchestrated India ‘s historic and unprecedented freedom struggle based on the principle of non-violence or Ahimsa.

The panel of speakers at the plenary session included Steven Rockefeller, Chair, Earth Charter International Council; Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion and Ecology and Earth Charter International Council; Rabbi Seotendorp, Earth Charter Commissioner; Vishwaguru Paramhans Swami and little Avatarpuri representing Yoga for Daily Life; Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living; Sister Valerine Bernard representing the Brahma Kumaris; Michael Slaby of the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values; Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education and Tridip Suhrud from the Sabarmati Ashram. 

The publication, “Earth Charter and Gandhi—Towards a Sustainable World” compiled by Kartikeya Sarabhai, Meena Raghunathan and Amishal Modi was released by Prof. Steven Rockefeller.

Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands and Earth Charter Commissioner, Ruud Lubbbers participated at the opening and closing session offering inspiring insights.

Recommendations from Working Sessions:

These are the final recommendations resulted from the work of all participants, attending 10 different specific sessions:

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Follow EC+10 India online!

From November 1 to 3, 2010, a diverse group of people from Education Ministries, NGOs, Youth Groups, Universities Research institutions, Religious, Business and CSR groups will get together in Ahmedabad, India, at the Centre of Environment Education (CEE),  to share and assess experiences as well as explore creative and effective ways to integrate the Earth Charter principles into their practices.

The Conference will set the context for evolving appropriate techniques, processes and indicators relating to the application of the Earth Charter framework and principles within the larger canvas of Education for Sustainable Development.


CEE India in partnership with Heart in Action Enterprises are collaborating to make possible for all those interested to follow this event online.   On November 1st, visit this link, click on “ENTER MULTICAST” and you’ll be all set to experience the conference:

Please make sure that conference activities will take place at India time:  GMT+5:30hours. 


Renowned international speakers will join this event, such as Steven Rockefeller, Sunita Narain, Ruud Lubbers and Erna Witoelar among many others.

8 Conference Plenaries will set the tone for the more focused workshop sessions.

10 Workshop sessions are organized on the following topics:

Find here the conference programme, click on each item of the agenda to see all details (speakers, times):

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Registration open for EC+10 event in India!

CEE India in partnership with ECI Secretariat is organizing a major event in India, to culminate the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter. 

This conference titled:  “Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World” will take place from 1-3 November 2010.    

This week, CEE India launched this conference’s website, and opened the registration for this event.

We invite you to visit this website: , and consider your participation in this interesting event.

For specific inquiries about this event please contact:  info[@] 

To send concept papers to be considered for the conference, please contact:  papers[@]

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Compassionate Living Society joins Development Alternatives as EC partner in Delhi

Compassionate Living is about making conscious choices that benefit people, plants and animals. It is about coming together and starting a journey of learning that we are all connected.

We do this by encouraging members to volunteer in any area of their interest and share their experiences with the group.

The individuals awareness of issues and sense of compassion slowly expands to include as many aspects as the members bring in. Our

– Rediscovering traditional lifestyle
– Reverence to life through kindness & humane education
– Spreading universal peace through spiritual growth

Rediscovering traditional lifestyle
– To relook at the lifestyle choices we make vis a vis what our earlier generations have done. This includes food, clothing, religious rituals, habitation, medicine, transport and livelihood.
– To gradually adopt the traditional nature friendly practices.

Reverance to life through Humane Education
-To create awareness on the presence of life in non human forms and how our choices can impact the quality of life both of humans and non humans through Humane education.
– To encourage doing acts of kindness irrespective of the outcome or the magnitude of kindness. Spreading Universal peace through spiritual growth
– To help members explore spirituality as an essential method of inner growth –
 To organize spiritual based gatherings as a way of promoting peace in the world.

What we have done so far:
1. Distribution of warm clothes in winter: The members felt the need to distribute warm clothing to the poor in winter. Three hundred pieces of warm clothing were collected and distributed . Eighty eight pieces of floor mats were given to the Municipal School in Zamrudpur (a slim area), so that children do not have to sit on cold bare floor. Twenty warm woolen blankets were also distributed.

2. Awareness and ABC program: Following incidents of cruelty to the community dogs, We have distributed pamphlets on ABC(Animal Birth Control) program as the effective way of controlling community dog population, following which a detailed report was made on the number, gender, location and current sterilization vaccination status of dogs. Later we got 95 percent of the dogs sterilized and vaccinated. Articles were published in neighbourhood papers for spreading awareness to the other blocks.

3. Bonding with orphans and HIV children: Volunteers visit HIV affected children and spend evenings with them, playing and talking to them. They are taken for outing to temple and to park. Both the occasions have had a deep impact on the members visited.

4. Volunteers visit MCD school: Volunteers regularly visit the Municipal school in Zamrudpur and closely interact with the school management, teachers and students and have also taken up gardening including a kitchen garden in the open space.

5. Awareness on vegetarianism and roadside trees: A guest lecture was organized on importance of adopting plant based diet. Later three hundred pamphlets were distributed at a flower show in the neighborhood park.

6. Detiling of roadside trees: The need for caring of roadside trees was highlighted through distribution of pamphlets of Development Alternatives to the residents of the colony to make them aware on the damage caused by choking trees . Five hundred saplings off Aloe Vera were distributeds to encourage nurturing plants and nature. Detiling (removal of concrete, tiles etc. around the tree trunks) of roadside trees in N Block is underway following meeting of representatives from several organizations and residents from all across Delhi and representations sent to Municipal authorities, environment department and the Chief Minister to bring their attention to this problem.

Find here an article about Compassionate Living on IS Magazine.

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