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Earth Charter class on Education and Values in The Netherlands

Netherlands photo 1Earth Charter the Netherlands collaborated with NIVOZ, a think-tank on education, to hold the Earth Charter Masterclass from 29-30 May, imparted by Professor Sam Crowell, Earth Charter Education Center faculty.

NIVOZ has been advocating, for several years, for the needs of children in education, and the consequences of those needs for the teachers educating them. NIVOZ and Earth Charter the Netherlands were very pleased to have Sam Crowell impart this two-day masterclass. He also offered a public lecture on education and a dialogue with Nivoz staff members.

The Masterclass was attended by 15 participants, who engaged into a dialogue around the WHY of education based on the concept of “Emergent Teaching”, the topic of an inspirational book Professor Crowell wrote.

The social and ecological imperatives of our time, together with the Earth Charter values, were integrated into the class discussions, which lead to curricular questions such as: ¨What kind of person do I want to become?¨, and ¨what kind of world do I want to live in?¨

One of the participants of the Masterclass stated: “Sam Crowell Course photo 2reminded me of the true purpose of education. Sam made us realize that in education, certain things can be anticipated, but the unique nature of each individual student and class is far from predictable. If these moments are given the space to unfold, the results are often transformative(…)”

This Masterclass was offered for the first time in The Netherlands on October 2014; however, Professor Sam Crowell has been co-facilitating this class with Earth Charter Executive Director, Mirian Vilela, since the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, Costa Rica, was inaugurated in 2013.

Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter will be imparted again at the Earth Charter Center for ESD in Costa Rica on July 2018.

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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Course has Started and Next one in Spanish Begins 11 Sept!

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Our fifth Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics online youth course in English started on 19 June. With 25 youth representing over 13 nations we are thrilled to be interacting and engaging youth from so many countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, Netherlands, and Canada. The 10-week course will end on 28 August and will cover topics such as Leadership, Sustainability, Ecoliteracy, Systems Thinking, Ethics, Facilitation, the Earth Charter.

The course is being co-facilitated by Youth Projects Coordinator Christine Lacayo and Earth Charter Young Leaders, Victor Okechukwu from Nigeria and Rohdof Lactem from Cameroon.

We have some extremely inspiring and sharp youth in this course; representatives from UN Major Group for Children and Youth, 4 people from the National Union of Students in the UK, someone who is actively involved with the Agenda 21 in the Basque region of Spain, the head of a team of 8 passionate youth in Cameroon who form part of the Hope for the World Youth Association which seeks to bring hope to hopeless communities through entrepreneurship, youth capacity building programs, and someone from the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) in Washington state, a non-profit organization on a small island making sustainable communities a reality by holding land in trust for residents of the island and building affordable homes for low income individuals.

Here are some inspiring quotes from the participants with the following forum question: When you dream about a better future, what are three things you envision?

“I envision a future where all basic needs are met. No one will worry about what they will eat, what they will wear, where they will live, or if they can afford to care for their medical needs. The future I envision has no place for greedy persons. There will be perfect leadership, exacting just judgments. In this world that I envision, no one will be convicted of crimes that they didn’t commit. If someone is disciplined or charged with something, they will have to acknowledge that the judgment pronounced on them was just and well deserved. I envision a world full of peace and true happiness. I believe that with the proper leadership and guidance this future will exist for mankind. I must take the first step to be the change that I want to see.” –Quaniqua Williams, USA

 

 

“I dream of a world where people are caring towards other people and other animals whom we share our planet with- there are so many injustices towards other human beings that is it difficult to think of a time where we will respect all humans and animals on this planet with equal rights to feel safe, secure and free in our world. Also where all humans understand the true meaning of peace and conflicts and war are no longer an issue. Ultimately where people and planet can thrive and where nature can support all human and animal life on the planet and the people can respect and support nature.” – Hannah Wiseman, UK

 

“A future in which human rights are respected. A future in which the basic needs of each individual are covered in a sustainable way. Where the production chain, starting with the procurement of the raw material, its handling, consumption and disposal is done in a responsible way and respecting the social and environmental rights of all involved.” – Itxaso Bengoechea Larrinaga, Spain

“The three most important things for a better future for me would be reduced economic inequalities within and between communities and countries, drastic decline in diseases such as malaria, cholera and HIV in developing countries and quality/affordable basic education for all children up until the tertiary level. I believe that if the world will truly become sustainable firstly we need to educate and equip as many people as possible in a short period of time. I believe that quality education will birth solutions that will unlock other Sustainable goals.”

– Olabanji Jackson-oke, Nigeria

Our next online youth training programme will be in Spanish and will begin on 11 September until 20 November. Deadline to apply is 28 August! Email Christine Lacayo, Youth Projects Coordinator if you are interested in registering for our next course: Youthcooridantor@earthcharter.orgLSE Spanish Sept

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Earth Charter Youth, Kehkashan Basu, launches “PUSH for the environment” and Speaks in front of 10,000 youth at Young Impact celebrations in Amsterdam

Written by: Kehkashan Basu, Earth Charter Youth Nework & Youth Ambassador World Future Council

The current state of the environment is a matter of great concern and this is possibly the greatest threat to our future well – being. We see the effects of climate change everyday , yet policy makers continue to debate and procrastinate , while global warming keeps pushing the Earth’s ambient temperature higher every day. We are the last generation that has the opportunity to stop and reverse this environmental degradation before it is too late and in order to be successful, we need to mobilize young people from across the world and build a movement which will force our leaders to take action.
With this objective in mind , I launched the “PUSH for the environment” at the Young Impact celebrations in Amsterdam , in my capacity as the winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize winner. The founders of this PUSH campaign are KidsRights, Amsterdam and KidsRights Youngsters of which I am a member. The PUSH! Environment campaign is the start of an international movement of young change-makers for their rights. With this movement, we want youth to take action and to speak out for matters that concern them directly; from education, equal rights and the end of violence, to a clean environment.

The campaign launch took place at Amsterdam’s iconic Ziggo Dome where over 10,000 young people had assembled for the inauguration. It was hugely motivating to connect to this vast crowd of passionate young people . In my speech I reminded youth that the time to act was now and if we all joined hands we could definitively bring about a positive change .

The onus is upon us, YOUTH, to take a leadership role and mold the future the way we want it.

 

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Discovering the Child in Ourselves to Heal the World: An Impression of the Earth Charter Youth Meet up Netherlands

Written by: Femke Lootens

Are you still climbing into trees sometimes? When is the last times you made something without a purpose? Can you still be astonished by a beautiful feather, a stone or a little bug? These activities might be essential for building a better world, as I experienced during the Earth Charter Youth Meet up.

On a sunny day in May, more than 40 students and professionals working in sustainability and education participated in a Meet Up organized by the Friends of the Earth Charter Netherlands. There were presentations on education for sustainable development and the role of art in connecting us back with nature, multiple interactive games, a picnic, and a workshop outside where we build altogether a sequence of life in clay, letting us experience some big lessons rather than telling it.

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From this day on, one main idea got stuck in my mind: that discovering the child in ourselves will help us to build a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. Why?

Because we need to look at the world through children’s glasses

For children, the world is a place full of wonder to discover every day. Being surprised by the beauty of nature, admiring, and appreciating it every day helps us maintain our sanity. Next to this, seeing pressing issues again in a slightly different way reminds us of their urgency and that they are still there. Looking at the world with new eyes is useful, but also art is a powerful tool to see the same things in a different light.

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Participants making an organic sequence of life during the workshop. Building an interactive common sculpture taught me lessons which are difficult to express in words

Because we need to feel what we are losing

We not only need to watch again with fresh eyes, we also need to feel again. Children can be indefinitely sad because of a dying bird, images of refugees on TV or an ill elderly person. When we grow up, we get more or less sensitized to seeing things which can make us potentially sad. We don’t feel it so much anymore. However, in order to value the earth and the life it shelters, we need to “hear within us the sounds of the earth crying” (Tchich Nhat Hanh). We should not be afraid to embrace despair and weep as a child because of the beauty we are losing and unjust practices present in this world. It is through this despair that we can also find strength to act.

Because we need to imagine and dream as a child

How does this just, sustainable, and peaceful global society look like? Use your imagination. It is not because it is not there yet that it does not exist. We need to envision what the alternative is to current unsustainable practices. We do not have to start from scratch; other visionaries have gone before us. We can walk in their steps and use existing frameworks as the Earth Charter or the Sustainable Development Goals to guide our way.

Because we need to build a better future

Seeing and feeling today’s greatest challenges is a start, but this needs to evolve in action. Action can be in our daily lives, through political choices, by putting on pressure through activism or lobbying for change in your community or organization. One example of this is the the MAPTING app created by Earth Charter and Soka Gakkai International. With Mapting you can share your own sustainable actions and projects through this photo-sharing app while also learning about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Earth Charter principles.

Let’s try to reconnect with these characteristics which we can find inside ourselves. Look for your inner child, nurture it and combine it with your current skills and knowledge to make this world a better place for current and future children and grown-ups.

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10-week Youth Online Training Course: Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics to Start 19 June, Deadline to Apply 17 May!

Don’t miss the deadline to sign up for our next 10-week youth online training programme in Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics. The course will begin on 19 June and participants will need to apply by programaWednesday 17 May! This course is designed to train young people around the world, from the ages of 18-30, on how to become active leaders in their community towards a more just, sustainable, and ethical world.

The course will offer you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills on certain themes such as leadership, ethics, sustainability, Earth Charter principles, Eco literacy, Systems Thinking, and how to successfully design and implement a workshop in your community.

Our goal at the end of the course is to successfully strengthen your knowledge and skills on leadership in sustainability, enhance your consciousness to contribute to the greater good, inspire like-minded individuals to collaborate across borders and to carry out your work in your communities, and develop the confidence to use your voice as a leader!

Alumni of this course have the opportunity to become an Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL). This programme is a year-long leadership opportunity to serve as a focal point in the Earth Charter Youth Network to mobilize and engage other young people around the Earth Charter vision and principles.

Register now by visiting our site:  http://earthcharter.org/events/leadership-sustainability-ethics-june-2017/

 

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Carbon6: From space to place – bringing the Earth Charter into practice

Nadine Huids is a member of the Earth Charter Young Leaders Programme, a year-long leadership programme where members serve as focal points of the Earth Charter Youth Network.  Nadine studied Built Environment and Architecture with a focus in cities and cultural heritage and works in the Netherlands as a Program Manager with the Walas team to develop vital and lively places for people to live. Below, find her reflection on how the project and place where she works, Carbon6, embodies Earth Charter principles.


Let me take you with me to work. Deep in the south of Holland, in the town of Heerlen, I enter the area of Carbon6. The early morning sun awakens and starts to lighten up the big vibrant complex. People walking, talking, rushing into their morning rituals as they start their day. The parking attendant guides all visitors to a parking spot. Passing by, the smiley gardener waves good morning while taking care of the fresh growing vegetables in the inner garden. Together with the greenery team they are cleaning the outdoor space. Inside, I am welcomed by the people at the service desk. They offer me my daily mail. I walk through the corridors. The creative entrepreneurs are starting up their workshops, business meetings are getting started, the smell of fresh coffee comes towards me. I’m ready to start my day. The technical service is getting ready to upgrade my office, housekeeping swarms through the building, the Urban Farmer feeds the trout on the other side building, the Popschool is setting up their drums to give music lessons. For some, this might sound like an extraordinary day. For me, it is a pleasure to walk through this building every day to work.

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City Farming. Photo Ton Toemen

What is the story behind this ordinary day? Heerlen had a flourishing coal mining industry until the sixties. After closing the monocultural industry, Heerlen faced challenges with decades of economic decline. The National Statistics Office came instead in 1965, to bring some employment to the region and built a 500,000 sq. ft complex. Eventually, after 44 years, when one of the largest employers decided to move to a new centre, the complex became vacant. The city had two options; demolish the old building or find a new meaning for the complex. Luckily it decided the second option.

Carbon6, the new name of the building, has been making big changes in Heerlen since 2012. It facilitates a great opportunity for the region, developing an ambitious vision to revitalize the vacant building and its site. The complex is now home to the largest creative cluster in Holland, including the region’s largest pop music school and artists in painting, glassworks and digital media. Arts and culture, start-up companies and social enterprises now have a place in the building. The Dutch National Mining Museum, also located at Carbon6, honours the proud history of the region. This museum is located in an 1897 mineshaft building, and is classified as one of UNESCO’s top-100 monuments.

The community has developed many successful initiatives. A total of 1200 people are currently employed and bring new dynamics to the area. But what does this story have to do with the Earth Charter? The vision of Carbon6 is guided by the Earth Charter, with two technical core elements as driver for the concept: Economy and ecology. Innovations for circular economy, green energy and urban farming are prototyped and implemented in the buildings to improve the sustainability of the complex and to incubate new businesses. By improving the building bit by bit, it is on its way to being carbon neutral. The project fosters a vital society and sustainable practices, and the financial situation has completely turned around.

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By using the Earth Charter as an inspiration and a guideline, we can bring its principals into practice and offer a practical example to inspire others. Interested in more details? Have a look at walasconcepts.com and earthcharter.org.


Gerben van Straaten Founder and CEO of World of Walas is the visionary behind the concept EcoGrowth – Carbon6. Carbon6 in Heerlen is one initial project. Since 2012, Gerben leads international platforms for change in North America, Europe, China and Latin America.

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Summerlabb: Bringing together art, music and sustainable cities in the Netherlands

earth-charter-stand-summerlabbWhat better place to share values and stories than at a festival? During the Summer of 2016, the Earth Charter Cities team partnered with Summerlabb, a traveling festival bringing together art, music, research institutes, polytechnic universities and sustainability companies. The festival explored our use of energy, water, light, architecture and food, and showcased inspiring innovations and solutions for communities driven to become more sustainable. Hundreds of children, adults, business professionals and music lovers from all over Holland gathered together to celebrate and learn. Surrounded by music, culture and art, participants explored sustainable innovations and their stories in Rotterdam, Groningen and several other cities in the Netherlands.

Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, and organizations from across the world to inspire improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. This manifesto is a call to action developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter vision. After an almost two-year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010.

waste-watchers-art-barrelGuided by the Earth Charter, Earth Charter Cities shared with festival goers on the importance of bringing ethics back into our lives and understanding the value and importance of sustainability. They encouraged visitors to tell their stories of connection to nature and our Earth, and were inspired by the story of the West Coast First Nations peoples who impart indigenous teachings for a more sustainable way of life in Canada. Artist James Jetlag translated the story of Earth Charter Cities into a beautiful work of art, one oil drum to represent each chapter of the Earth Charter/Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.

At Summerlabb, Earth Charter Cities raised awareness of the Earth Charter and promoted the understanding of its inclusive ethical vision through starting conversations about ethics with curious visitors and passersby. They invited others to heed the call to action to transition to sustainable ways of living on the planet and to envision future cities taking care of mother Earth and the community of life. They asked, beyond technical innovations, what are economic and social-cultural aspects of this transition? They shared the Earth Charter as a tool, an ethical guideline, for our daily and professional lives.

For more information on Gerben van Straaten and the story of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, please go to www.earthchartercities.org. For more information on Summerlabb, visit http://summerlabb.nl/.

 


one-earth-communityAuthor: Nadine Huids, Earth Charter Young Leader

Nadine studied Built Environment and Architecture with a focus in cities and cultural heritage. During her studies she learned a lot about technical innovations and sustainability to redevelop industrial buildings. Taught and inspired by Gerben van Straaten, Walas Concepts CEO, she learned how to create truly healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities. She believes in the need to enhance economic, social, and cultural values within urban settings. Driven by the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, Nadine works in the Netherlands as a Program Manager with the Walas team to develop vital and lively places for people to live.

Editor: Josephine Schrott, Earth Charter Young Leader

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Dudoc Vancouver—A business model for sustainable design based on Earth Charter ethics

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In the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Dutch Urban Design Centre (Dudoc) has Earth Charter Principle 7c at the core of its business model. Since opening its doors in October 2014, Dudoc Vancouver has been promoting the development, adoption and equitable transfer of environmentally sound technologies. Specifically, the centre showcases Dutch and other European companies’ environmentally sustainable products and services to the North American market. Dudoc Vancouver also serves as a forum for exchanging ideas among designers, urban planners, developers and architects across disciplines and continents.

Dudoc Vancouver’s goals, founded on the Earth Charter vision, are to:

  • Protect the environment and vital resources while creating positive outcomes for the communities in which we live.
  • Embrace creativity, innovation and change through diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Build enduring and reliable relationships through collaboration and engagement of citizens in our transition to a healthier world.
  • Induce change of current unsustainable practices by providing rational applications of our innovative techniques.
  • Provide visionary leadership and interactive management in the creation of healthy, resilient and diverse cities.

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CEO Gerben van Straaten is part of the global Earth Charter movement. He was working as an urban designer in both the Netherlands and Canada and realized that there is a huge breadth and depth of technological and design innovation in the Netherlands. Meanwhile in Canada, demand for such innovations is growing rapidly. Van Straaten founded Dudoc to bridge the gap between these two places. North American city builders interested in making their projects more environmentally sustainable can now look to Dudoc for the latest European innovations.

An example of the partners exhibiting their products at Dudoc Vancouver is Jaga, a manufacturer of hydronic heaters. Jaga’s guiding values include respect for nature, as well as a passion for creativity, innovation and collaboration. Their energy-efficient systems help reduce the energy demand of buildings. They have also developed eco-design radiators made from 100% recycled materials, an example of applying Earth Charter principle 7a (reduction, reuse and recycling of materials). Dudoc Vancouver helps companies such as Jaga by providing a shared showroom space to exhibit products, international business development advice, market research, local connections and customer service.

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In addition to the showroom, Dudoc facilitates the exchange of ideas that make our cities and buildings better places for all people. In the spirit of Earth Charter principle 14 on life-long learning, the centre enables a variety of activities in its space: panel discussions, educational talks, upcycling competitions, sustainable product showcases, art displays, exhibitions of Dutch Design, professional development workshops and more. Part of the space is used for flexible co-working for visiting partners as well as local freelancers and researchers. It also houses the City Hub Initiative – a space for young change-makers to meet, learn, and collaborate in order to make their projects a reality.

Through this combination of international business development, education and co-operation, Dudoc Vancouver strives to encourage sustainability in the built and social environment and aims to be a successful example of the Earth Charter in action.

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To learn more about Dudoc Vancouver, visit www.dudocvancouver.com or find Dudoc on TwitterFacebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.


Author: Josephine Schrott, Earth Charter Young Leader

Originally from Germany, but now calling Vancouver, Canada her home, Josephine Schrott is helping establish a Canadian Earth Charter network, with a focus on youth & community engagement. She studied International Relations and is passionate about building sustainable communities and inspired by the Earth Charter’s holistic approach addressing humanity’s most pressing problems. As part of World of Walas, she works at Dudoc Vancouver, a centre enabling European businesses to transfer their innovations to North America. In her time off, she does local activist and volunteer work and enjoys the beautiful Canadian outdoors.

Contact:

jschrott[at]teamwalas.com, 604.681.2971
100-1445 West Georgia St; Vancouver, BC

Photos:

  • “dudoc-vancouver-showroom” View of Dudoc Vancouver showroom. PC: Edward Lai
  • “dudoc-vancouver-roundtable” We Are Cities Roundtable. PC: Paula Leyton
  • “dudoc-vancouver-dutch-design-exhibition” Dutch Design Supermodels exhibition. PC: Anna Brayko
  • “dudoc-vancouver-upcycled-fashion” Upcycled Fashion Show. PC: Anna Brayko
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Global Goals Accelerator Meetings: Achieving the SDGs in the Netherlands

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Global Goals Accelerator is an initiative to speed up consciousness and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Netherlands and beyond. The initiative was co-created by Sustainability Dialogue (Veronique Swinkels) and Earth Charter Netherlands (Alide Roerink) and carried out from June 7-July 5, 2016 with the support of various partners.

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The collaborators organized a series of events, bringing together 30-40 diverse actors from different fields to focus in on a couple select SDGs per meeting. Each meeting began and ended with a young artist singing and playing a work related to the day’s theme, and was followed by presentations from top academics and practitioners who established the national and global context. Participants then had dinner together as they delved into conversations in small groups to discuss targeted solutions. Through this process, the Global Goals Accelerator engaged people across governmental and organizational sectors, both students and professionals, to take on the challenge of the SDGs in the Netherlands.

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In addition to a greater awareness, urgency, and action directed toward the SDGs, the meetings have sparked new relationships and conversations, as participants continue their conversations on LinkedIn and plan to reconnect in August 2016.

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More information is available in Dutch on the Global Goals Accelerator website: http://www.globalgoalsaccelerator.nl/.  Photo credits to Barry Jonas at GEOMAN photography.

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Earth Charter Day Dinner – Sowing a culture of peace through building relationships

earth-charter-day-dinner-holland (2)On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 friends and colleagues dined and dialogued together to celebrate International Earth Charter Day at the SBI Estate Zonheuvel in Holland. June 29, 2016 also marks the 16th anniversary of the day the Earth Charter which was historically launched in The Hague in the year 2000.

In addition to bringing people together to celebrate Earth Charter Day, the event aimed to stimulate dialogue and raise awareness of the Earth Charter principles and how they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals. Conversations built upon the fundamental question: ´How do we want to treat our Earth and each other, and how can we achieve that? ´ Specific topics of conversation included inclusive economic growth and employment, sustainable consumption and production of food, and the strength of Africa.

ceremony-memorial-treeThe event began with a visit to a 16-year old memorial tree which had been planted on a past Earth Charter Day. Participants performed a small ceremony and shared a few words about the Earth Charter, future generations, and our collective opportunity and responsibility to care for the community of life.

Moving inside to share a meal, Economist Professor Johan Witteveen kicked off a series of conversations planned for the evening. He spoke about the impact of Brexit (UK´s exit from the European Union) on Europe and indicated that Brexit offers the EU an opportunity to revise its unrealistic target for budget deficits. This would give more room for countries that are doing well economically to invest in health care and education and to help countries with less economic resources. Among varying perspectives, there was a common underlying current: we need an economy that takes account of future generations.

michael-savage-and-joszi-smeets-sustainable-foodJoszi Smeets, Director of the Youth Food Movement (YMF) and Michael Savage of EOSTA both stressed the importance of the true cost of Food. Reflecting the true cost of food is the only way to establish a fair comparison between organic and traditional products. The Youth Food Movement has launched a new initiative to call for food education in schools since many children are disconnected from their food and have limited knowledge about what they eat and where it comes from. YFM, with the support of EOSTA, has launched a campaign to convince parliament to discuss including food education in schools. They´re circulating a petition with the aim of 40,000 signatures for food education in schools: http://youthfoodmovement.nl/4730-2/.

Bas Maassen and Neville Mchina brought the topic ‘the strength of Africa’ to the discussion. Bas runs a project in Mali, the Dogon Project, which helps women begin small businesses through training, education, and micro-credit loans. So far, 5,000 women have started their own businesses through the project, and they hope that number will double by 2020.

Neville Mchina, a young African man currently living and working in Holland, pointed to the trauma that residents of Africa have endured and how that has in many cases created a victim mentality. He is committed to the empowerment of other young Africans, and is working to support other young people in realizing that they themselves can solve the problems they face. To do this work, Neville founded the initiative Rise Together for Africa which seeks to support African students in Europe in discovering their responsibility and leadership to use their new knowledge and networks to strengthen their home continent.

The evening concluded with the exchange of contacts and a commitment to support the initiatives put forward. Participants extend their recognition and gratitude to the event sponsors: Foundation SBI, Inner Sense, and Earth Charter Netherlands. Organizers plan to continue the tradition of gathering together for dinner and dialogues each year to celebrate the International Earth Charter Day.

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