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Second edition of the Earth Charter Festival in Italy

fct-brochure-2In Italy, the Cogeme Onlus Foundation, in collaboration with provincial Association of Italian Christian workers (ACLI) and with the valuable contribution of Acque Ovest Bresciano Due (AOB2), is organizing the second edition of the Earth Charter Festival along with 16 local communities of Franciacorta and Oglio West.

The programme includes a number of initiatives with particular focus on issues of Circular Economy, Recycling, and “Reuse”.

The Festival is taking place between September 21st and November 25th, and is organized under the patronage of the Province of Brescia, the Provincial Education Office, AOB2, Cogeme Spa, the LGH Group, the network Bresciapiù, Franciacorta Earth, and the Librarian Brescia Network in collaboration with Southern systems and west Brescia.

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For more information click here to view the full brochure (available in Italian), or go to www.cartadellaterra.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Earth Day in Cremona, Italy

The Italian non-profit Association “La Terra nel Cuore” (Earth in Heart) was founded by a group of educators, journalists, corporate communicators, musicians, and artists  devoted to promote holistic education based on love, respect, and freedom. Over the years, it has carried out educational and teaching projects at local level, always inspired by the Earth Charter.

On April 22, Earth Day 2015, La Terra nel Cuore organized an event with the students of the Artistic High School “Bruno Munari” of Cremona, whose title echoes the slogan of the Earth Day 2015: It’s our turn to lead!

The goal of the day was to foster in young people the awareness of the planet as a single community that shares a common destiny, and to involve them in actively driving this process of change.

The event included the movie “The Green Planet” by Coline Serreau, a beautiful French film that shows the importance of living close to nature. It provides a comedic vision of life on planet Earth from an extraterrestrial perspective. In the film, an alien revisits her Earthly origins only to discover unbearable living conditions due to pollution, industrialization, disconnection with nature, and disease, in contrast to her home world, in which individuals live hundreds of years in a collective society, honor nature, develop supernatural abilities, are family oriented, etc. The audience enjoyed the film thoroughly.

After the movie, the Earth Charter was presented and its structure and main principles were discussed.

Finally, the event concluded with the projection of video messages from well-known figures from popular culture, entertainment, and sport who wanted to support Earth Day and the Earth Charter.

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Earth Charter workshop at 12th IUCN AEL Colloquim

On June 30th, a side event called “Importance of ethics for international environmental policy and law” took place during the 12th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquim, at Universitat Rovira I Virgili.

The workshop was organized by Klaus Bosselmann and Prue Taylor Professors at the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, in the University of Auckland; Donald A. Brown, Professor at the Widener University School of Law and Peter Burdon, Senior Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School.

The aim of this workshop was to explore the importance of global ethics for international policy, law and governance, particularly with respect to the Earth Charter and to global climate change. 

The workshop was attended by approximately fifty participants, mostly environmental law scholars from around the world.
During the event, Klaus Bosselmann gave a presentation on the history and significance of the Earth Charter for the development of international environmental law, highlighting two aspects:

  • the all–inclusive character of the Earth Charter (representing many sectors of emerging global civil society), hence its potential for a “world constitution” and
  • its recognition in a number of international agreements (mostly around the notion of ecological integrity) and in the legal literature.

The discussion centered on promotion of the Earth Charter in law courses, research/publications and actual policy formulation.

Then, Peter Burdon spoke on “ethics in action” making the point that any ethical documents will only ever have a significant impact if fully implemented and tested on a day-to-day basis. This led to a discussion about IUCN’s responsibility to “walk the talk” (following its own endorsement of the Earth Charter).

The second part of the workshop was devoted to climate change ethics and a new international project coordinated by Prue Taylor and Don Brown.  Find more information about this project here.

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Italian organization completes Earth Charter educational activity

Centro Studi per la Pace Onlus (The Center for the Study of Peace, CSPACE) is a non-profit organization founded on 3 May 2010 in Demonte, a small mountain town in the province of Cuneo, Italy. The principles of the Earth Charter are included in the foundational document of CSPACE and in 2013 the organization decided to implement an Earth Charter project in several local schools.

CSPACE identified education as a key method to foster cultural growth among future citizens and decided to carry out an inspiring project in classrooms in the region. The first steps were taken in 2013, when CSPACE approached teachers in several secondary schools with the objective of bringing the Earth Charter Principles to the attention of the students.

The teachers and students of the four schools that participated in the project were given access to materials directly through the CSPACE website, which limited the use of paper in order to comply with environmental sustainability.  There were two main goals of the project. The first was to facilitate the schools’ institutional endorsement of the Earth Charter. The second was educational and entailed endorsing, acknowledging, and internalizing the principles of the Charter.

The project involved the students developing an activity, which would later be judged according to how creative they were in expressing their understanding of the Earth Charter. The award ceremony took place on 29 April, with each school linked via the web. The three winners were announced by special guest Stefania Belmondo, Olympic Nordic Skiing Champion, who lives in Demonte, and they also received encouraging words over the internet from an Earth Charter International staff member in Costa Rica.

The top three classes won a substantial cash prize. The students also received a book offered by a well-known publisher from the area, as well as an eco-friendly water bottle. The different products of the activity were collected on a CD and distributed to each class. The creations included drawings, poems, stories, a calendar, an e-book, a newscast, and videos.

This project was very well received by both students and teacher and should be considered a success. CSPACE has already decided on next year’s project, and, the theme has been received with great enthusiasm. Next year’s focus will be article 16 of the Earth Charter, which states, “Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.”

See more at the CSPACE website.

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Earth Charter Italy holds 21st Youth Awards

This year marked the 21st edition of the Earth Charter Youth Contest. As in previous years, Green Cross Italia promoted this environmental education initiative in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Education. The aim is to teach and inspire youth to become environment superheroes and find solutions to our Earth’s problems. This year’s theme was focused on one of the biggest problems humanity faces today: “Inizia da te: l’acqua (It starts with you: water)”.

The large participation of children from kindergartens and primary schools in the context of the International Year on Water Cooperation shows how this generation is committed to safeguarding “blue gold”. About 18,500 participants out of the total 30,000 were under 12.

“The game of life is over without water.”

“Water is life but it’s not infinite, there’s not a drop to lose in saving life.”

 “All great men loved water. Save it and you’ll be great too.”

These are some of the mottos created by the children during their activities, which included drawings, nursery rhymes, games and video clips, as well as theatrical performances and town events. All their work proves that many small drops really can create a river of solidarity to support students from developing countries, who often have to walk several kilometers to acquire a few liters of water.

While a European citizen uses an average of 200-250 liters for drinking, washing and sanitation, an African inhabitant has access to only 20. For women and children it takes several hours of walking to collect water from safe and healthy sources. According to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, on a global scale, more than one in six people – equivalent to over 894 million people – don’t have access to clean water. By the year 2025, almost 2 billion people will live in high water risk regions.

“New generations are aware of the risks of natural resource shortages that we will face in the years to come,” says Green Cross Italia President Elio Pacilio. “This is why they commit themselves to building a sustainable future, using their creativity, their knowledge and all their enthusiasm. Thanks to the Earth Charter Youth Contest we have fostered their paths and we have launched a message that has been understood to perfection by children and youngsters. With the prize money for winning schools we will contribute to valuing and safeguarding the environment”.

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•    The Earth Charter Youth Contest

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New Earth Charter endorser in Italy holds Earth Charter event

The Altaura Farm, a recent Earth Charter endorser from Italy, held an event on February 17th that heavily featured the Earth Charter. The event was also in support of organic farming using self-produced organic seeds.

The event featured a guided proposal for organic seed exchange led by Dr. Silvia Ferro of an association called Diversamentebio. Each guest at the event provided his or her own seeds and then explained the characteristics of the species. Afterwards, there was a free exchange of seeds among the guests. Following the seed exchange, Maria Francesca of the Altaura Farm introduced the fundamental principles of the Earth Charter and a copy was provided for each family involved in the exchange.

Afterwards, the old “game of seeds”, known as Mancala, was played. Mancala is a family of board games played around the world. These games are also referred to as “sowing” games, or “count-and-capture” games and seeds are used for pieces. The seeds are no one’s property, they may only be moved! In some versions the player’s object is to bring all the seeds to his or her own side. In other versions, losing can be avoided by a player performing a sow that brings seeds into the ranks of a player in famine, thus saving them. In many mancala versions, rescue (or feeding) of your opponent is a requirement.

One of the activities proposed for children was making seed balls of assorted varieties from several seeds and soil mixed together, taking a walk in the countryside and throwing these ‘farm-balls’ in the bushes. Through this method, rainwater dissolves the farm-balls. From this self-sowing method, many different plants will be born in the spring season, and the hedges will thicken from their growth.

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Italian Earth Charter affiliate co-organizes photo event

The Italian Earth Charter Committee, in collaboration with the Italian Japan Foundation and under the patronage of the Japanese Embassy to Italy and the Japanese Embassy to the Holy See, co-organized a photo exhibition to remember the destruction of Civitavecchia in 1943 and the destruction of Ishinomaki in 2011. Civitavecchia, a town about 70 kilometers northwest of Rome, was totally destroyed in 1943 by air bombardment during the Second World War. Ishinomaki was devastated by the 2011 tsunami. The exhibition was an opportunity to think about events that can put the existence of a whole town in danger, and the aim was to stimulate a common action towards the realization of a peaceful society and that respects the environment.

Carla Celani, curator of the event stated, “Two different tragedies: the first by man and the other caused by nature. For this reason, the exhibition will not only be a tribute to those who suffered these two disasters, but a moment of reflection individually and collectively, from which we hope will give rise to a consciousness to the rejection of any form of conflict, land conservation in which we live and the environment.” The event showcased photographs of the two cities and the destruction they each underwent, as well as featuring two documents – The Italian Constitution and The Earth Charter.

About 200 people attended the exhibition’s inauguration on March 11th, and since then more than 300 teachers and students from Roman schools have visited.

Here is the video (in Italian) from the exhibition.

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More than 1,000 attend Earth Charter Italy event

In September 2012, Earth Charter Italy held a 20-year anniversary event of the original Rio Earth Summit in Valmasino, a village in the Lombardy alpine region of Italy. More than 1,000 people attended the event. The Earth Charter Italy affiliate from Federazione Nazionale Pro Natura, Mr. Corrado Maria Daclon, introduced the Earth Charter and recounted its history. During the event, Mr. Daclon presented an award of service to Mr. Giancarlo Morandi for his support and national and international actions to promote the Earth Charter.

Mr. Morandi, an Earth Charter supporter since 2002, is well known for his strong social commitment combined with a series of concrete international actions aimed to foster sustainable development and environmental protection. In 2002 as President of COBAT – National Consortium for Collection and Recycling established by the Ministry of Environment – Mr. Morandi planned a mission to Himalaya in order to collect all spent lead-acid batteries abandoned at the Mount Everest’s base camp; in 2005 near Lake Titicaca in Peru he promoted and supported a training program for a hundred students on technologies for the production of solar panels. In 2007 and 2008 he financed the installation of photovoltaic panels in Choglamsar, India at the Tibetan Children’s Village, which houses about 1,500 orphans and children of Tibetan refugees in exile between the ages of 3 and 17.  In 2010, again in Choglamsar he supported part of a reconstruction project of a refugee camp destroyed by a devastating flood. In Italy, he has been promoting several ongoing social and environmental initiatives. His dedication and his determination to the realization of the principles of sustainability was inspired by the United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro 20 years ago and he has been a committed supporter of the Earth Charter campaign in Italy for more than ten years.

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Italian President presents Earth Charter Youth Contest 2012 awards

The Earth Charter Youth Contest awards ceremony, held on October 19th, 2012 at the Quirinal Palace, was part of the traditional “Autumn Fest.” President Napolitano presented Elio Pacilio, President of Green Cross Italy, with a commemorative plaque to acknowledge the organization’s efforts to promote environmental education during the past 20 years.

Approximately 600,000 students from at least 10,000 schools have participated in the competition during the past two decades, with nearly 500 schools recognized for their work and provided with support to conduct 320 micro-environmental projects.

The contest enjoys strong support from Italian civil society, including from Professor Rita Levi Montalcini, honorary president of Green Cross Italy.

Rai television presenter Massimiliano Ossini hosted the event, which was also attended by Italian Minister of Education Francesco Profumo and Italian Minister of Agriculture Mario Catania, and representatives of the Ministry of Environment.

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