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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.

Aval Morelia Carta de la Tierra Mexico

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.

Aval Univ Tecnicas en Hidalgo

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:

Pet Star publicacion

 

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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Companies endorse the Earth Charter in Sinaloa, Mexico

avales sinaloa mexico firmaThirteen companies located in Sinaloa, Mexico, endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony held on Saturday, October 1st, at the Royal Villas Hotel.

The activity was organized by the Environmental Educators Network of Sinaloa, in specific Carolina Ceballos, in collaboration with the Earth Charter focal point in Sinaloa, Julio Morales, and was moderated by Mateo Alfredo Castillo Ceja,  member of the Earth Charter International Council.   Jesús Enrique Camacho Inzunza, Sub-secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Gregorio Herrera Corrales, Director and Choreographer of the Cozatl Ballet, and Jorge Abel López Sánchez, delegate of SEMARNAT in Sinaloa also participated as witnesses of honor.

We thank and congratulate the endorsing companies, which through this agreement committed to use the Earth Charter as a guide for their decision-making processes.

  • Industrias Marino S.A. de C.V.
  • Hotel Don Pelayo Pacific Beach
  • Hotel Royal Villas
  • Universidad Politécnica de Sinaloa
  • Café El Marino S.A. de C.V.
  • Álamo &TRADE MX SAPI de C.V.
  • UPC Corporate
  • Grupo Arhe
  • Maz Industrial S.A. de C.V.
  • PINSA S.A. de C.V.
  • PINSA Congelados S.A. de C.V.
  • Crédito y Logística de Capital SOFOMENR
  • Pesca Azteca S.A. de C.V.

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Sofía Camacho´s first-hand account on the Ship for World Youth Leaders

sofia-camachoDuring the months of January and February 2016, more than 240 young people from 12 countries sailed to Japan, India, and Sri Lanka on board the Nippon Maru; the Ship for World Youth Leaders (SWYL) convened by the Government of Japan, aims to foster social and environmental projects and contribute to the creation of a culture of cooperation among countries.

During the program the Ship for World Youth Leadership (SWYL) Sofia Camacho participated as a representative of the Earth Charter and as a spokeswoman for the post 2015 Agenda. One of the 11 Mexican delegates, she was selected from among 1,300 candidates by the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, the Mexican Institute of Youth (IMJUVE) and the SWYL Alumni Association in Mexico. During the seminar she led, she integrated the Mexican culture and success stories of conservation in Mexico thanks to strategic alliances with Earth Charter International, Center of Information of the United Nations Mexico (CINU), the National Ministry for Knowledge and Use Biodiversity (CONABIO), Vice Mexico, as well as organizations among which are Reforestamos Mexico and the Huerto Roma Verde.

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Below, please find Sofia´s first-hand account of her experience on the Ship…


Personal letter to the ocean and earth

Environmental testimony of the Ship for Worlds Youth Leaders

For over a month I gave myself to ocean life. Aboard a ship full of magical encounters and voices, I saw flying fish, dolphins, fishing birds and pirate ships. I filled my lungs with calm and felt in my stomach the sudden swing of the storm. The continuous breeze settled the question in my mind: everything depends on the ocean. After all, it occupies most of the planet and every living creature depends on water.

The Ship for World Youth Leadership (SWYL) program of the Government of Japan, is a celebration of the central role that the ocean plays in our biological, social and economic life. More than 80% of the volume of world trade -and with it, the social interaction and cultural exchange- is by sea. It makes sense that such a unique initiative in the world, comes from an island nation: a society which has intermittently opened and closed to the world, opening and closing its shores to people and products. SWYL is a program designed and executed with Japanese precision for young people from 12 countries, leaders of social and environmental movements worldwide. “The Ship” as we now call it, is a life-changing experience that the 240 participants will cherish for life.

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Echoing the Earth Charter

Just a few hours after we landed in Tokyo we met Wakako Hironaka, member of the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Director of the Environment Agency of Japan, and Earth Charter Commissioner. Our curiosity was mutual: she looked at us with eyes full of history and hope; we were fascinated about everything that her country had to offer. “Inspire them” was the message she gave us, when she learned that we would offer a seminar to present the Earth Charter as a global movement and an instrument that could guide our projects towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

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In the format of a Participant Youth Seminar, I led the presentation of the Earth Charter and its relevance in each of our countries. We echoed the training we received in our preparation process in Monterrey, Mexico; just as Amorita Westphal had invited us to feel the earth with our bare feet, we invited the 40 participants to be aware of the movement of the ocean. We shared with one another experiences of turtle conservation in Sri Lanka, whale watching in Australia, as well as building kayaks out of PET bottles in New Zealand. We realized all the forms of collaboration we have with our projects and initiatives.

The world ocean

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In general, we all came home with the conviction that it is our generation that must act immediately. Personally, I understood that the conviction must be transformed into action without border constraints –just like the ocean. The environmental problems we face today require articulated actions and individuals connected in all nations. It is important that biodiversity and cultural diversity remain, and that they are recognized to provide solutions and alternatives of life for all.

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Local governments in Mexico endorse the Earth Charter

Firma Aval Tuxtla Gutiérrez (5)Between May and July 2016, the Municipal Government of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and the Michoacán State Government endorsed the Earth Charter.

In the Municipal Government of Tuxtla Gutiérrez they have considered that the Earth Charter will guide the operation approaches of the administration towards building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. Also, it will support actions to develop and strengthen a comprehensive and inclusive approach; and above all be consistent with the four pillars of this document. Many projects will be linked with this statement and others will emerge from this perspective and commitment.

Firma Aval Tuxtla Gutiérrez (1)The signing of the endorsement was made with the Municipal Government of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, through the efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Mobility of the Municipality. The ceremony was held on May 7th, in the framework of the World Recycling Day, with the presence of the Mayor, Mr. Fernando Castellanos Cal y Mayor, Municipal President, and the Earth Charter Focal Point in Chiapas – Fabián Eder Morales Medina; the witnesses of honor were Mr. Felipe de Jesús Granda Pastrana, Governor. Participating also were different organizations of civil society, citizens, representatives of state environmental sector and the council of the Municipal Government.

Firma Aval Tuxtla Gutiérrez (6)The average attendance was of 100 people, and six Civil Society Organizations focused on promoting Environmental Management. In the event the commitment of the Municipal Government was announced, in being participants in the promotion of the 4 pillars of the Earth Charter, and ethics for sustainability, through the Ministry of Environment and Urban Mobility, and the Integral Center for Family Development, which stated:

“We must exalt the ideals and principles of sustainability, such as intergenerational equity, gender equality, tolerance, poverty reduction, and environmental rehabilitation, conservation of natural resources, and promote a just and peaceful society, as well as cultural and religious plurality and changes in patterns of production and consumption “.

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Mexican Conference on ESD and Endorsement of the Earth Charter

Patzcuaro-teachers-sustainable-developmentOn April 15th, 2016 the Technological Institute of Patzcuaro, Mexico, endorsed the Earth Charter and organized, in the framework of this endorsement, the Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. This conference is a response to the Mexican government’s commitment to the Global Action Program on ESD from UNESCO. Three hundred educators of higher education and secondary education attended the conference, along with government authorities from the Ministry of Environment, Education and the local government.

Patzcuaro endorsement education sustainable developmentThere were several meaningful discussions at the conference about how universities can create educational programs that promote a more just, peaceful and sustainable society.

In addition, the Pedagogical University of Veracruz also endorsed the Earth Charter. In the text of the endorsement document, the University expresses its commitment in the following terms:

Patzcuaro endorsement earth charter mexico“We pledge to use the Earth Charter as a guide and ethical framework for decision-making, in the development of plans and policies, and as an educational tool for sustainable development of the state, under the vision and goals of the document that seeks a just, sustainable, and more peaceful world”.

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