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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

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.

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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