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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

The Values for Sustainable Development Conference took place on 16 October 2018 in Chiapas, Mexico.  It was organized by the Colegio de Bachilleres de Chiapas school, the Autonomous University of Chiapas and the Kybernus A.C. (youth organization).  The programme “Sustainable Cobach” was presented during this Conference. The programme is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4) and it promotes Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter.
Find more about this programme here.

The Executive Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela, participated in the Santa Lucia International Festival of Monterrey, Mexico, with a presentation on the Earth Charter. The festival took place from 25 October to 11 November 2018.
Find more about this festival here.

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The Earth Charter at the International Festival of Santa Lucia, Monterrey, Mexico

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The Executive Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela, participated in the Santa Lucia International Festival of Monterrey, Mexico, with a presentation on the Earth Charter. The festival takes place every year under the theme “A Wave of Love for the Planet.”

The talk held on Monday, 29 October, aimed to raise public awareness of the shared responsibility we all have to care for our planet and the community of life with understanding, compassion and love, as articulated in the Earth Charter. The presentation was followed by a performance of Ecuadorian folk dancing.

This eleventh edition of the festival, held from 25 October to 11 November, featured a series of artistic performances of folk dance and music from Mexico and several other countries, as well as dialogues on topics related to the theme of the festival.

According to Lorenia Canavati von Borstel, president of the festival, the aim of the festival is to bring art to the streets and it is very aligned with the Earth Charter. She affirms that this effort seeks to “promote, through artistic expressions and dialogues of experts, the care of the planet in which we live and that we will pass down to our children.”

Ms. Vilela took advantage of the opportunity to meet with the Rector of the Universidad Regiomontana of Monterrey, an institution that adopted the Earth Charter more than 10 years ago, and since then provides Earth Charter workshops to secondary schools in Monterrey. The university organized a forum for Ms. Vilela to interact with high school students so that they learn about the Earth Charter with an invitation to get involved in this global initiative.

In addition, this visit served to strengthen ties with the Foundation Mundo Sustentable that has also worked with the promotion of the Earth Charter for several years, and with Lorena Herrera, focal point of the Earth Charter in Nuevo Leon.

For more information about the festival visit: http://festivalsantalucia.gob.mx

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First School in Mexico to Articulate the ECI Framework for the Implementation of the SDGs

Within the framework of the Values for Sustainable Development Congress organized by the Colegio de Bachilleres de Chiapas school, the Autonomous University of Chiapas and the Kybernus A.C. (youth organization) the programme “Sustainable Cobach” was presented. The programme is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular to Goal 4 “Quality Education,” and its target 4.7; hence, it promotes Education for Sustainable Development with a comprehensive focus on the environment, social justice and entrepreneurship.

The Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Chiapas school serves a population of more than 100,000 students of upper secondary education. It is also an institution linked to the My World Mexico national program and the Earth Charter Initiative.

The Congress took place in the capital city Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, on 16 October. Personalities of the three organizing institutions, the Federal Delegate of Semarnat in the state of Chiapas Lorenzo Antonio Guzmán, and the General Director of Colegio de Bachilleres José Guillermo Toledo Moguel met. Mr. Toledo Moguel inaugurated the Congress in the presence of a large academic community including students and professors from the different participating institutions.

The guest lecturers who shared their messages were Mely Romero Celis, Héctor Gerardo Ibarra, Enrique Morales Olivera, Erika del Rosario Gómez, and Eder Fabián Medina Morales. Medina Morales, focal point of the Earth Charter in the State of Chiapas, presented the “Cobach Sustentable” programme in conjunction with the new internet subportal and the video capsules of the same name. The conferences dealt with issues of gender equity, entrepreneurship, innovation and tourism development for indigenous women.

The congress ended with a keynote presentation by Mateo Alfredo Castillo Ceja, who shared the virtues and attitudes that the declaration leads to once the values and principles have been internalized.

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Colloquium with Leonardo Boff and Alicia Barcena in Mexico

Written by: Mateo Castillo Ceja

Coloquio Universidades y sustentabilidad Univ Iberoamericana Mx 20 ago 1The Colloquium “University and Sustainability in Mexico“, was held on August 20, 2018 in Mexico City. It was organized by the Ibero-American University, which in 2016 made a commitment to promote sustainability inspired by the Earth Charter. Leonardo Boff was a witness of honor of that commitment two years ago.

The Colloquium brought together influential personalities in Latin America in the areas of sustainability and development.

Participants included: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Leonardo Boff, theologian, philosopher, writer, professor, Brazilian ecologist and member of the Earth Charter Commission; Julia Carabias, biologist and academic from the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Enrique Leff, economist and environmental sociologist and Martha Delgado, environmentalist and former Secretary of the Environment of Mexico City.

Martha Delgado, being the first to intervene, highlighted “the lack of attachment and appreciation of the planet”, emphasized that children now learn to manage an IPad instead of learning to plant a tree, and above all expressed that sustainability professionals need to understand the ethics of life, it is about training the new saviors of the world.

Coloquio Universidades y sustentabilidad Univ Iberoamericana Mx 20 ago 3Enrique Leff said that “the environmental issue are a bitter drink”, “a problem of understanding life”, and therefore stated that the university must assume a position without condition. It highlighted the importance of ethics, where it must go beyond scientific understanding and that interdisciplinarity helps metaphors.

Julia Carábias began her intervention with a questioning: has the academy gone to the rhythm of sustainability?, concluding a resounding NO, due to the lack of understanding of complex systems citing Rolando García. She expressed concern about environmental issues where as a policy is not well drawn in the development program of the Government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, president-elect of Mexico. Her concern about the loss of the integral vision of sustainability stood out rescuing the ethical dimension.

Alicia Barcena expressed her concern about “the current model of development that has already run out”, so that the creation of a culture of equality becomes urgent. She warned that humanity has overcome four of the nine planetary boundaries. Supported by a statistical analysis, she said that we are in a time of changing mega trends. She also noted the need to double the minimum wage of Mexicans. In conclusion she encouraged the public with the vision of the Popol- Vuh, from this cosmovision, we have to think of a development that includes all.

Coloquio Universidades y sustentabilidad Univ Iberoamericana Mx 20 ago 2Leonardo Boff called for fundamental changes in our way of doing things and how we treat ourselves. We live in disgrace, because we live in a world where wealth is not destined for life. Inspired by the Earth Charter as a reference in his dissertation, he shared his concept of sustainability using his book Sustainability, what is and what is not,:
Sustainability refers to the set of processes and actions aimed at maintaining the vitality and integrity of Mother Earth and the preservation of its ecosystems, with all the physical elements, the life of current and future generations, as well as continuity, expansion and realization of the potentialities of human civilization in its various expressions.
He added “in accordance with the Earth Charter, sustainability appears as a matter of life and death.”
He concluded his dissertation summoning us to “not preach optimism but hope” and that the problems of the Earth do not take away the joy of hope”.  He closed with the text of the Earth Charter: ” Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life. ”

Participants congratulated the organizers for the creation of the Transdisciplinary Center for Sustainability, the first in the country with the idea to integrate different disciplines to face our civilizatory crisis and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Earth Charter endorsements in Mexico

Aval Colegio de Bachilleres de ChiapasThe following education institutions of Mexico endorsed the Earth Charter between May and June of 2018:
– Colegio de Bachilleres of Chiapas
– The Higher Technological Institute of Puruándiro, Michoacán
– The Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes

The Colegio de Bachilleres of Chiapas is the first secondary education institution, with more than 100,000 students, that recognizes the Earth Charter as a useful educational instrument and ethical framework to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Higher Technological Institute of Puruándiro joins the national network of higher education institutions that have endorsed the Earth Charter. More than 400 education institutions have endorsed the Earth Charter in Mexico, and have committed to generating an Institutional Program for Education for Sustainable Development.
The Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes endorsed the Earth Charter on June 7, 2018, in a ceremony that was preceded by a training workshop on the Earth Charter with officials of this educational institution. This endorsement was promoted by the Focal Point of the Mexican Earth Charter Network in Aguascalientes, Ms. Gina Ventura.

The endorsement was signed by the Rector Luis Carlos Ibarra Tejeda, who affirmed the intention that the educational programs of this educational institution integrate the Earth Charter.

Attached an article published in a local newspaper, referring to this endorsement and photos of the ceremony.

 

Noticia Aval Universidad Politecnica Aguascalientes

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Earth Charter Celebrations in June

CANADA:
Earth Charter Friends Canada and the World of Walas celebrated  {Embracing a Sustainable Lifestyle} in Vancouver on the Earth Charter Day on 29 June 2018.

It was heartwarming to see old connections and to make new ones while talking about the values and the principles that guide our work and lives. Embracing sustainability means doing what is within our own capabilities and inspiring others to do the same. It starts with ourselves.

As part of the event, many businesses came together to show what they do; such as being a zero-waste commercial printing business, providing support for indigenous youth, and building a community space.

Being on the ground and making local impact means that change can start small and right in your own neighborhood.

 

 

 

        See below a video of the event by Dudoc Vancouver:

Dudoc Vancouver Earth Charter Day 2018
from Martin Chung on Vimeo.

 

THE NETHERLANDS:
NetherlandsSpinnerij Oosterveld, in Enschede the Netherlands, is part of World of Walas. This former textile factory has a history of more than a hundred years. Where people used to spin yarns in the mill, there is now a growing community of innovative and accomplished high tech entrepreneurs. The building is considered a Living Lab for innovation and sustainability. With this new economic function, it is a dynamic part of the city again.

World of Walas,  Earth Charter International partner celebrated International Earth Charter Day 2018 distributing organic apples to tenants and visitors and providing information about the Earth Charter. This resulted in a number of interesting and enthusiastic conversations. It was very nice to see that many people really like the Earth Charter. It was a sunny and cheerful day filled with inspiration!

 

On 5 July, a special event took place at the Zonheuvel estate in Doorn as part of the International Earth Charter Day in the Netherlands:

The book “Ruud Lubbers: the man of the Earth Charter”, was launched.  The book is a collection of stories from the Friends of the Earth Charter remembering Ruud Lubbers. It also features a message from Ruud Lubbers himself. The first copy was handed over to Ruud Lubbers’ son. “February 14 of this year Ruud Lubbers passed away. He was one of the founders of the Global Earth Charter Initiative and actively spread the message of ‘ecological integrity, justice, peace and non-violence’.

 

MEXICO:

In Michoacán, the Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo organized the Earth Charter Week from June 25 to July 5, with six talks on the principles and values of sustainability expressed in the Earth Charter. The talks took place in different venues of this university and were offered by Mateo Castillo Ceja, Coordinator of the Mexican Earth Charter Network. More information in this article of a local newspaper.

In Durango, Amorita Salas, focal point of the EC Mexican Network in this State, organized several activities to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Earth Charter, with the support of Juarez University of Durango. A radio interview (23 June, Radiograma Laguna 106.7FM); two teacher training workshops on education for sustainability (27 June and 4 July, at the Municipal Institute of Ecology of Gómez Palacio) and a workshop for university students on sustainable professional performance with the Earth Charter (6 July, at Cuencamé Polytechnic University).

Taller CT Hidalgo 16-20 julioIn Pachuca, the focal point of the State of Hidalgo, Leodan Portes, organized an Earth Charter Workshop for Children, held between July 16 and 20, 2018.

In Tabasco, the focal point Leon Gutiérrez, organized a series of talks during the week of June 25-29. The talks focused on sharing what the Earth Charter is, and they were carried out in different locations: NGOs, a hotel, a bookstore, a school and a university.

In addition, several education institutions of Mexico endorsed the Earth Charter between May and June, more information here.

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Stories and endorsements – the Earth Charter in Mexico

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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.

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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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