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Stories and endorsements – the Earth Charter in Mexico

Huitzil Carta Tierra Hidalgo Mexico

The Mexican Earth Charter Network has been active in the first two months of the year.

The focal point of the State of Hidalgo, Leodán Portes, promoted a cultural artistic show based on 20 short stories inspired by the Earth Charter, called: “Huitzilin, Tales for the Earth and Songs for Peace”. This show was presented on 14 February 2018, at the Technological University of the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico (UTVAM), entity in charge of making and producing this event.

This cultural production is part of  UTVAM student empowerment programme, which uses the neuro-education approach. The tales were presented with music and theater.

Carta Tierra Jovenes Mexico

In Mexico City, the civil society organization Kybernus endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony that took place on 20 February 2018.  Kybernus works on youth empowerment, and has 32 offices in different States of Mexico. This endorsement was possible thanks to the efforts of Eder Medina, EC focal point of Chiapas. The witness of honor of this endorsement was Senator Ninfa Salinas Sada, President of the Environment Committee of the Senate of the Republic.

As part of this endorsement’s ceremony, the new publication of the Earth Charter Adaptation for young people was presented.  This adaptation is the product of a consultation process that lasted 4 years, with youth from the local Councils for Sustainable Development.

You can download the adaptation of the Earth Charter for young people here (in Spanish).

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Mexican Earth Charter Network latest achievements

Several universities and local governments endorsed the Earth Charter between October and December 2017 thanks to the efforts of the focal points of the Mexican Earth Charter Network.

In Oaxaca, the Technological University of the Central Valley (UTVCO) endorsed the Earth Charter during the Forum of Green Economy and Sustainable Agriculture, organized by this institution in October 2017. Rector Nydia Mata Sánchez signed the endorsement and assured her commitment to strengthen education that innovates, manages knowledge and generates sustainable entrepreneurship. In this news article you can find more information.

Endorsement CIIDIR Oaxaca Mexico

The Interdisciplinary Research Center for Regional Integral Development (CIIDIR) Oaxaca Unit, endorsed the Earth Charter at its 34th anniversary ceremony, held on November 17, 2017.

In the City of Durango, twenty-one universities signed the commitment to the principles and values of the Earth Charter during the International Congress of Sustainable Agriculture, organized by the Technological and Polytechnic Universities, held from October 18 to 20, 2017, with more than 1,500 attendees. Mr. Héctor Arreola, General Coordinator of the Universities highlighted during his speech the importance of using the Earth Charter in universities as an educational instrument to achieve sustainability and promote caring of the planet.  The Governor of Durango, Dr. José Rosas Aispuro Torres was the witness of honor and expressed his support to the implementation of this commitment at the State Government and its entire executive structure.

Endorsement Universities Durango Mexico

In Zacatecas, the municipalities of Guadalupe and Loreto endorsed the Earth Charter. In Loreto, the Cabildo unanimously approved the principles and values of the Earth Charter as an ethical reference to facilitate the practices of sustainable lifestyles among its inhabitants. The Municipal President, Prof. José Luis Figueroa Rangel, stated his intention to constitute a group of public servants who will generate an impact towards different sectors of society through their example and daily work.

Endorsement Guadalupe Zacatecas

Other universities that have endorsed the Earth Charter recently:

– Autonomous University of Chiapas (News article)
– Technological Institute of Tacambaro
– Center of Social and Economic Studies of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa

Youth workshops:

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The EC Mexican network focal point in Veracruz organized two workshops for university students of Veracruzana University in two of their campuses (Veracruz and Xalapa), with a total of 108 participants. Particpants learned about the Earth Charter and had a moment to reflect on our current challenges and what can they do about them.

Melchor Ernesto Muñoz, Earth Charter Young Leader facilitated an Earth Charter workshop at the Caribe University in Cancun (more information in this link).

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course starting on 15 January 2018

As our 4th Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Youth Course of 2017 comes to a close we celebrate all of the 23915868_927563170731022_7764568065994030483_nwonderful comments, opinions, and experiences participants have been able to share with each other on our course platform.

This 10-week online training programme seeks to prepare youth with the skills and knowledge to be a sustainability leader and implement Earth Charter-inspired action projects in their community, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

This past course that ended on 20 November had participants from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. Participants implemented their workshops in their communities on various topics such as systems thinking, the Earth Charter and the SDGs, Sustainable Development, and much more.

Our next English online youth course will begin on 15 January- 26 March to ring in the new year with a deadline to apply by 2 January. For more information the course watch our video below and to apply please visit:

Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics

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Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter at the Universidad del Caribe in Cancún, Mexico

Since its foundation in the year 2000, the Universidad del Caribe in Cancún, Mexico, established sustainability, Untitledsocial responsibility, and equity  as its fundamental objectives with the purpose of creating ingrated professionals with a broad ethical humanistic sense and with a social commitment.

The principles of the Earth Charter have been included as a subject within the Social and Environmental Responsibility major with a focus of developing in each student the skills and values that contribute to sustainable development. This subject is of a transversal nature for the eight educational programs taught at la Universidad del Caribe and students take this subject during their second year of training.

In order to broaden and reinforce the principles and values of the Earth Charter, youth participating in the Earth Charter Young Leaders Program, give workshops, as well as give lectures where they deepen aspects such as: systemic thinking, eco-literacy, justice, culture of peace, leadership and sustainability. melchor2

The Earth Charter framework of principles and values, as well as the actions and activities developed by the Universidad del Caribe, has established contributions for the professional practice of future graduates. These students will understand the social reality of life today which is a fundamental axis in the construction of a more just, peaceful and sustainable society.

Written by: Earth Charter Young Leader, Melchor Ernesto Muñoz

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Aguascalientes endorsement and Earth Charter workshops in Sinaloa Mexico

September of 2017 has been difficult for Mexico citizens, who experienced two earthquakes and numerous fatalities. We would like to express our solidarity with all Mexicans, especially to the members of the Mexican Earth Charter Network, who have been actively mobilising aid to those who are in need.

Despite of these difficulties, there were two very positive actions around the Earth Charter in this country.

Aguascalientes:
On September 22, the Municipality of Aguascalientes confirmed their Earth Charter endorsement. The Mayor of the Municipality Mrs. Teresa Jiménez, signed the endorsement during a ceremony, where she mentioned that this endorsement symbolizes their commitment to promote sustainable development in the Municipality, adopting a universal ethical framework to create a better common future.

 

Endorsement Aguascalientes

Sinaloa:
The focal point of the State of Sinaloa, Julio Morales, organized a workshop to promote the Earth Charter and lifestyles based on sustainable actions, with students from the Autonomous Intercultural University of Sinaloa. This workshop was replicated twice.

Taller Carta de la Tierra Sinaloa20-21 September 2017 at Los Mochis
22 -23 September 2017 at Choix

This workshop developed in the north of Sinaloa, Mexico, was oriented to strengthen the capacity of the participants to do collective work. Participants had the opportunity to identify local and global problems and to find solutions that improve their quality of life and quality of time. Among the solutions, they proposed carrying out economic actions that would entail a reduction of consumption; also the design of social organization institutions to address common conflicts.

The methodology was participatory, inclusive and dynamic, taking into account the participants’ initial knowledge. The collective learning was promoted through various fun team work activities, which allowed participants to focus and reflect on the design of actions for sustainability.

Target population
The target population was students of Autonomous Intercultural University of Sinaloa from the three campuses of the municipality of Ahome, El Fuerte and Choix. Students from all Departments were invited. A large part of the student population are indigenous people from different parts of the Mexican republic.

Methodology
The workshop lasted 8 hours, in which there were moments where basic concepts were presented, using non-harmful and very simple materials, such as newspaper and tape. The rest of the activities were of collective work without the need to consume any material. Strategies for collective action were analyzed through participatory methodologies. In addition to the group dynamics, virtual platforms were used to enrich the discussions. The workshop concluded with the proposal of plans for the implementation of community and personal improvement projects.

 

Grupo Taller Carta de la Tierra Sinaloa

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Earth Charter and sustainability actions in Mexico

The Earth Charter Network in Mexico continues to be very active, promoting endorsements and the use of this declaration at different levels, from Local Governments to private companies. Here are some highlights of this year:

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ENDORSEMENTS

The Congress of Oaxaca State formally endorsed the Earth Charter on 5 June, during the Environment Day celebration. One of the sponsors of this endorsement, Deputy Paola Gutiérrez Galindo, mentioned the importance of this endorsement to work harder on ecological protection, eradication of poverty, equitable economic development, respect for human rights, democracy and peace in the State of Oaxaca.  Find more information in this news article.

Inspired by the endorsement done by the State Government, the Municipality of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca also endorsed the Earth Charter in July. Find in this article more information about this city endorsement

We thank this Municipality for having created a nice video to share with the public the meaning of this endorsement:

Sta Maria Xoxocotlan

In Morelia, the capital city of Michoacan, the municipal authorities ratified the commitment to the city’s sustainable development by signing the Earth Charter in a ceremony in the City Hall, in the framework of the environment day celebration  (5th June). Mateo Castillo Ceja, member of the Earth Charter International Council, emphasized that the Earth Charter contains a series of guidelines that every public servant should adopt, as it favors the development of public policies that balance urban development with their surrounding environment.

This act strengthens these efforts as the Congress of the State of Michoacán de Ocampo approved a Legislative Decree Number 292 on the Reform of the Environmental Law for Sustainable Development of the State of Michoacán de Ocampo, which adds article 18 BIS where the Earth Charter is considered as part of the Global Ethical Framework for decision making.

More information in this article.

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HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ENDORSEMENTS

On 19 June, the International and Sustainable Bilingual Universities of Mexico signed the Earth Charter endorsement in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Technological University of the Mexico Valley Metropolitan Area. This is a group of 22 universities, including Technological and Polytechnic Universities.

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In addition, the Technological Institute of Morelia (ITM) endorsed the Earth Charter and the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development on 24 May, confirming its intention to use the Charter in the most appropriate way according to its context.

With this endorsement, ITM acquires the responsibility of working with top managers and all members of this education community in the implementation of the Charter’s principles.
More information on this article.

CIVIL SOCIETY ENDORSEMENTS

Many different civil society organizations or education institutions such as schools and high schools have endorsed the Earth Charter in Mexico. Here, we highlight two institutions who communicated with the Earth Charter International Secretariat their intention to endorse and use the Earth Charter in their work.

In Puebla, the organization “We are Nations” (Asociación Civil Somos Naciones) and Deca Nasser Civil Society Organization, endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony held on 25 April at the Paraninfo Hall of the Autonomous University of Puebla. These organizations work with refugees and migrants, supporting them in their transition to the new places where they will be established. Approximately 148 participants attended this ceremony, from Japan, Lebanon, France, Spain, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru and Brazil. In addition, the consuls of Japan, Armando Ono Nakamura and France, Dr. Ofelia Cervantes Villagómez participated. This endorsement was organized by the Earth Charter network focal point in Puebla, Mr. Ignacio Rojas.

In Zacatecas, the Rotary Club Guadalupe signed the endorsement of the Earth Charter through its president 2016-2017, Eng. Gustavo Dávila del Real, accompanied by members of the Club and some personalities including the soprano singer Sheila López, the professor Pedro Rodríguez, the Mayor Enrique Flores Mendoza. Ms. Sandra Mendoza, Earth Charter focal point in Zacatecas, organized this endorsement.

PUBLICATIONS

The Earth Charter in Yaqui:   The Cajeme Technological Institute (ITESCA) in Mexico, made it possible to have the Earth Charter translated into Yaqui, an indigenous language from Sonora, Northern Mexico.  The Yaquis are a small indigenous group, around 32,000 people, that live along the Yaqui River.

We deeply appreciate the efforts done by Dr. Martin Villa Ibarra, focal point of the Earth Charter Mexican network in Sonora, for his motivation and hard work with ITESCA staff to make this translation possible.   Find this translation here.

Carta de la Tierra Yaqui Mexico

Pet Star Company endorsed the Earth Charter some years ago, and several staff members received training to learn more in depth how to use it. Recently, they published their first Sustainability Report 2016, for which they used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – in its version G4- guidelines, the Earth Charter, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and The Global Compact Principles.

This Report corresponds to the actions carried out in 2016 and collects the results of the company’s social, economic and environmental performance.

You can download this report here:

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A new publication called “The Implementation of Agenda 21 in Mexico: Critical Contributions to Sustainability” edited by the José María Luis Mora Research Institute is available in digital form. This book contains a chapter written by Lorena San Román that refers to the Earth Charter.

“At a time of renewed energy in the global narrative of sustainability, thanks to the political and media push of Rio + 20 summit in 2012 and the United Nations Organization’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); it is worth asking what is the importance and lessons learned of the implementation of the main sustainability planning instruments, such as Agenda 21 (A21).”

You can find this book in this link:

Implementacion Agenda 21 Mexico Carta de la Tierra

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Mapting Photo Contest Winners for International Biodiversity Day!

Congratulations to our three winners who participated in our Mapting photo competition for International Biodiversity Day held from 12- 22 May. With so many great images, it was difficult to narrow down our top 3 favorites. We were looking for captivating images with engaging titles as well as those who used the hashtag #BiodivirsityDay.

Our winners listed below will receive a solar lamp kit from LEDSafari, which will train them on how to build their own solar lamp. Thank you to all who participated in the competition!

 

 

 

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Earth Charter activities in Mexico

The following are initiatives carried out by the Earth Charter Network in Mexico between April and May.

Oaxaca Carta de la TierraOaxaca:

On April 15, 2017, the 63rd Legislature of the State of Oaxaca approved the signing of the Earth Charter Endorsement.

In a public statement, the Legislator Paola Gutiérrez Galindo, President of the Permanent Commission on Ecology, explained the meaning of this endorsement, among others she said:

“A few days ago, I presented to the plenary of the LXIII Legislature of the State of Oaxaca the proposal to ENDORSE THE EARTH CHARTER, which was approved in a regular session on April 15. With this initiates a process of promotion and commitment to the principles and values of sustainable development, under the premise that the changes that we want to see happening should be promoted by the citizens.

This is why I invite all sectors of the population, especially my fellow Legislators to accompany me in the promotion of a more just, sustainable and peaceful Oaxacan society. ”

The endorsement will be signed in June 2017.

Aval Aguascalientes Carta de la TierraAguascalientes:

On May 4, 2017, several civil society organizations based in Aguascalientes, Mexico, endorsed the Earth Charter and pledged to assume with responsibility and constancy its principles. They also pledged to use this document as a guide and ethical framework for decision-making processes, in education programmes and as an inspirational reference in our quest towards a global society that is environmentally friendly, fair, sustainable and peaceful.

These are the organizations that endorsed the Earth Charter, and their representatives:

  • Instituto Mexicano de Estudios Pedagogicos y Posgrado, A.C. (IMEPP AC) firma  Gina Mireya Ventura Ramírez.}
  • Ecosistemica, A.C. firma  María Eugenia González Díaz
  • Equidad y Medio Ambiente. A. C. firma  Gerardo Tenorio López.
  • Colonia de Castores 10 Kaban Aguascalientes. firma Arturo Abraham Guerrero Quintero.
  • Aguas con la Bici A.C. Ma. de los Ángeles Patricia Castañeda Elias.
  • Natura Mundi A.C. firma Claudia R. Ramírez Rendón.
  • Conciencia Ecologica de Aguascalientes, A.C. firma Cristóbal Humberto Tenorio Izazaga.
  • Mujeres Pedaleando, A.C. firma María Teresa Campos Méndez.
  • Guardias Ambientales de Aguascalientes, A.C. firma Luis Cesar Flores Miranda.
  • Movimiento Ambiental de Aguascalientes, A.C. firma Guadalupe Castorena Hernández.

That same day, in the morning, the School “Comunidad Educativa La Tierra” also endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony where Mateo Castillo Ceja, Coordinator of the Earth Charter Mexican Network and a member of the EC International Council, offered a conference called: Educating for Life with the Earth Charter.

Later on, Mateo Castillo also offered another conference to students of the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes.

Find in this link a news article published in one of the local newspapers, about these endorsements and activities organized around the Earth Charter in Aguascalientes.

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Reflections from our Online Course: Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics

As we close our 5th week of the second online course in Spanish, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics, we have had much enthusiasm, energy and student cooperation. This course began on April 3 and will end on June 12 with the participation of young leaders from all over Latin America facilitated by Earth Charter Young Leaders, Julián Arias Varela and Karen Proa, and Youth Projects Coordinator, Christine Lacayo.map

The international course is aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who want to expand their capacity as leaders in sustainability and leadership. As participants complete the sections through an online platform, they learn important information about Sustainability, Ethics, Facilitation, and the Earth Charter. The course is also given in English with the next beginning on June 19 and the deadline to apply on May 17. The next course in Spanish will begin on September 11 with registration one month before. At the end of the 10 weeks, participants are invited to become an Earth Charter Young Leader for a year in the Earth Charter Youth Network. Young leaders connect, motivate and engage with their contemporaries to join the Earth Charter movement and build a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Personal reflections of our current participants:

“This is the opportunity to start with the change that we are always looking for but haven’t found. The learning space is incredible, I am committed and I will make a double effort for those who do not.”

-José Ignacio Fernández Víquez, Costa Rica

“Being part of a global movement of young leaders who dream of a more humane, more free and conscious world, gives me strength to continue fighting, but above all hope that the good do not keep quite nor gain indifference.”

-Pamela Zúñiga López, Costa Rica

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How can a Government use the Earth Charter? news from Mexico

Congreso Michoacan Adopta Carta TierraHow can a Government use the Earth Charter?

In Mexico, interesting efforts are being led by civil society, in this case by the Mexican Earth Charter Network, coordinated by Mateo Castillo, that has promoted that the Chamber of Senators, Federal Legislators, and Congresses of several States (Durango, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and Tlaxcala), sign agreements where they adopt and commit to the principles and values of the Earth Charter as an ethical framework for sustainable development.

The text of the Agreement adopted by the Congress of the State of Michoacán can be found in this link.

In addition to adopting the principles of the Earth Charter as an ethical framework, the Agreement also calls upon “the holders of the Executive Power, the Judicial Branch of the State, and the constitutionally autonomous organs of the State to consider the Earth Charter as an instrument guiding decisions to be more aligned with sustainability as well as promoting its content. ”

This is an example of how the Earth Charter, in the legislative sphere, can fulfill the important function of influencing the legislative policies of a country and of a State, to act in accordance with its a set of global ethical principles, but also, as an instrument that can assist in the fulfillment of international human rights standards. The legislative congresses of several states in Mexico see the Earth Charter as an instrument that will strengthen their legislative work, such is the case of the Chamber of Senators and Federal Legislators, and the Congresses of Durango, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and Tlaxcala.

 

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