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Organizations endorse the Earth Charter and commit to using it

The following are new Earth Charter organization endorsements:

In Mexico, the city government of Aguascalientes reiterated their endorsement to the Earth Charter and workshops have been organized in in Sinaloa. Click here for more.

In Costa Rica, EARTH University and the Municipality of Tibas

In Canada, the City government of Victoria approved a resolution in which the express their agreement and commitment to the Earth Charter.

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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 mobilizing 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.

 

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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.

 

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki reflections and World Premier of video project, “I’m Only a Child, but…”

By: Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Earth Charter International Council Member

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My Dear Earth Charter Community,

I am reflecting on our Earth Charter event at Leiden University at the Hague (held on Friday, 29 September).  I was able to join Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp on stage at an SDG – Earth Charter Meet-up, organized by fellow Earth Charter Council member Alide Roerink and Earth Charter Friend Harriet Sjerps and their colleagues.

The program was moderated by EC Council member Ama van Severn Awraham en AlideDantzig’s colleague and soul sister Lynn Zebeda.  It was a beautiful day.

I was not expecting to be so overcome with emotion at seeing Rabbi Awraham, it was so powerful to see him.  It was 20 years ago that we gathered at Rio+5 to work on the first Earth Charter Draft.  Rabbi Awraham’s stories and words were so potent, full of meaning and wisdom.

Alide spoke at the event too, explaining the connections between the Earth Charter and the SDGs, and I felt so moved by her too, involved for over 17 years.  There we were, all still working away for these beautiful principles for survival.  All still Here.

This year is also the 25th anniversary since Rio.  I was very proud that here, at this Earth Charter event with Alide and Rabbi Awraham, we held the World Premiere of our Rio 1992 Anniversary video project, “I’m Only a Child, but…”  25 children participated in this video compilation.

See the video here:

 

I hope that you enjoy it, and will spread it in your networks!  We had such a positive response from the children participating that we are continuing a second phase of the project – we have opened a YouTube channel where we will have instructions there for how to make a video, and there we can upload all the videos (including already a wonderful one from Sao Paulo!).  We want to give children a portal to their power!  And amplify the challenge to today’s adult generations.

20170929_144109Rabbi Awraham left the program early, as he was preparing for the Day of Atonement, such an important time, when one thinks about what one is sorry for.

It reminded me of how I have been feeling very negative about the state of the world of late, as so many disasters have been coming to pass. There are many upsetting things happening in our world, and any number of reasons to become upset, and impatient.  I have been feeling very small.

But after this day, the conclusion of my visit in the Netherlands – a week of working together with old friends and making new ones – I felt uplifted by an amazing community.

images (1)I am uplifted by the spirit (of young entrepreneurs at Impact Hub Amsterdam, and at Impact Startup Fest Europe), by the projects (the De Ceuvel community in North Amsterdam, the innovations of Dr. Monk and the bee friendly work of the Pollinators…), and by the endless dedication of the Earth Charter friends and community.   This visit reaffirmed this community to me.

I am so proud to be part of this movement with all of you!

With much respect.

-Severn

 

 

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UMAPAZ Earth Charter in Action Programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Foto 3 Formacion de Agentes SocioAmbientalesDuring the first half of 2017, around 19.880 people participated in courses, seminars, workshops and meetings at the Open University of Environment and Culture of Peace (UMAPAZ), and 160.000 participants attended sessions of the Ibirapuera and Carmo Planetariums, also managed by the University. When UMAPAZ was created, it was inspired by the Earth Charter and it served as one of the foundations of this institution.

The UMAPAZ is linked to the Municipal Secretariat of Green and Environment of the City of São Paulo (Brazil), and it is located in the Ibirapuera Park. All UMAPAZ activities, courses or events have been offered free of charge to the citizens of the city of Sao Paulo and to those interested from other cities as well.

Since 2009, UMAPAZ has been developing the Earth Charter in Action Programme with an articulated set of activities aimed at sensitizing, training, and supporting urban socio-environmental agents to carry out socio-environmental projects and contribute to a more just and sustainable city.

In 2017, the Earth Charter in Action Programme of UMAPAZ has carried out the following activities:

  • Earth Charter Encounter with alumi – On 25 January Foto 4 UMAPAZ, Sao Paulo y Carta de la Tierra2017, a meeting brought together the socio-environmental urban agents of the classes held from 2009 to 2016, with the objective of sharing achievements and strengthening alliances.
  • 14th Generation of the Training Course for Urban Socio-Environmental Agents, from April to July 2017, with this 100 hours course, 44 people were certified and 26 socio-environmental projects were carried out in the city.  Some quotes from participants are as follow:

-“I learned to take a fresh look at the city.”

“Putting ideas into practice and still feel safe to have a basis for that is very good! Meeting people (group and speakers) who already act in the area is stimulating, beautiful, hopeful and enriching.

 -“I see the Earth Charter – urban socio-environmental agents, as seeds of trees that are being planted and whose fruits are intended to be harvested in the future.

  • Course of Socio-environmental Agent’s Foto 2 UMAPAZ formacion Carta de la TierraTerritories, in association with SESC Itaquera, focusing the Aricanduva River basin, in the East of São Paulo, from April to July 2017, with 60 hours and 47 people certified. Participants expressed:

-“I came out of this experience with the willingness to put into action all that I have learned here, and recognizing the possibility of expansion of knowledge and relationships.

-” The experience of meeting groups and finding learning spaces in the city was wonderful.”

V Seminar on Environmental Education, sowing the Educating City, on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, This meeting took place on 25 August 2017, organized in partnership with the NGO Aprendiz and included the Programme Sustainable turn around of São Paulo. The Seminar involved Rose Marie Inojosa, Cristina Moreno, and Mariana Noronha, from the NGO Public Agenda.

Foto 2 Carta de la Tierra actividades en la UMAPAZSome activities that are still being carried out, from September to October 2017, are:

  • Experiences in Urban Permaculture Course, based on active learning, aims to provide urban socio-environmental agents with experiences in urban permaculture workshops in different peripheral areas of the city, sharing knowledge and demonstrating how much the city has to learn from its peripheries. Association with Sustainable Socio-environmental Culture Point; Community Association of Vila Nova Esperanza; Architecture in Permaculture and Eco-Friendly House. Bioconstruction Workshops, Herb Spiral, Agroforestry Biodynamic Plant, and Intervention in Prainha Urban Park, in the Grajaú region.

Activities in preparation for November 2017:

  • VI Environmental Education Seminar sowing the Educating City.

 Foto 1 Encuentro Carta de la Tierra UMAPAZ enero 2017For 2018, the Earth Charter programme at UMAPAZ plans to hold:

-The 15th Training Course of Urban Socio-environmental Agents – beginning March

– The 2nd Class of the Articulation Course of Socio-environmental Agent’s Territories – beginning: August

– The 2nd Class of the Experiences Course in Urban Permaculture – beginning: September

– The 7th and 8th edition of the Environmental Education Seminar sowing the Educating City – July and November
The Earth Charter in Action programme of UMAPAZ is coordinated by biologist Débora Pontalti Marcondes and geographer Lia Salomão Lopes.

For more information on UMAPAZ and the Earth Charter in Action program visit:
http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/meio_ambiente/umapaz/

https://www.facebook.com/cartadaterraemacao/

Contact: dmarcondes[@]prefeitura.sp.gov.br or  liasalomaolopes[@]gmail.com

 

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Registration open: Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development 2018

Online Certificate 2018 photoRegistration is now open for the 2018 Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development! Click here to apply.

This unique programme is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. It offers a space to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals with a special focus on the SDG 4.7

Unlike most programmes in sustainability, the Earth Charter is used as a central feature of this approach.The Earth Charter provides a broad, inclusive and powerful values-based orientation that can be infused within the missions and purposes of most educational programmes. The methodologies introduced are ones that can be applied to all learning across the curriculum and across grade levels.

The Certificate Programme has a duration of five months. It consists of four courses plus five seminars. Each course consists of five sessions (one per week). The minimum hourly load per participant required to take this programme is 124 hours.

All information on the Programme can be found here.

The Programme has four courses, which are:OC photo 3

  1. A Planetary Perspective: Toward a Culture of Peace, Sustainability, and Well-Being – Facilitators: Lorna Down and Rosalyn McKeown
  2. Values and Principles for Sustainability: The Earth Charter as an Ethical Framework and a Call to Action – Facilitators: Mirian Vilela and Alicia Jimenez
  3. Transformative Learning and ESD: A Holistic Pedagogy Grounded in the Neurosciences – Facilitator: Sam Crowell
  4. The Way Forward: Models and Skills for Implementing ESD with the Earth Charter – Facilitator: Mark Hathaway

The Programme will start on 17 January and will finish on 20 June 2018. The deadline to apply with special discount is 15 November 2017.

Download here the Programme´s brochure and watch our video for more information:

For any questions write to: apply@earthcharter.org

 

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Celebrating the Earth Charter in Åre Sweden

By Tonia Moya, Executive Director, Green Cross Sweden

Foto 1 igloo 9On 22 and 23 September in Åre, Sweden, a celebration of the Earth Charter took place as part of the Åre Sustainability Summit to mark the 15th year anniversary since the Åre Municipality adopted the Earth Charter.  Tonia Moya, Executive Director, Green Cross Sweden, and Katrin Wissing, Chairman of the Urban Planning and Infrastructure Administration of Åre Municipality, opened the Earth Charter Celebration and the Åre Sustainability Summit.

Green Cross Ambassadors Ebbot Lundberg, Roger Pontare and Tiokasin Ghosthorse, contributed with this celebration with a musical performances, and Green Cross Ambassador Laila Spik spoke on the Indigenous Sami knowledge of utilizing nature as a source of medicine and nutrition.

The 4th Annual Åre Sustainability Summit was made possible by the Åre Municipality in cooperation with “Hushållningssällskapet” or Sweden’s Agricultural Society . The Åre Sustainability Summit is a grassroots initiative and transboundary event in the Country of Jämtland that promotes sustainable development. It aims to inspire innovation, enterprise and grassroots initiatives, as well as political action. The Summit consists of lectures, discussion groups, meetings and networking between speakers and participants. It aims to spread knowledge, inspiration and hope as a springboard to motivate businesses and the public to move from words to action toward a more sustainable world.

 How Åre signed the Earth Charter

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Chief Oren Lyons

The history of how Åre became the first municipality in Sweden to sign the Charter begins when Native American Chief Oren Lyons, Onondaga Council of Chiefs, Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, started visiting the land of Sapmi at the beginning of the new millennium. Working with Green Cross Sweden delegation trips where arranged and meetings were held with all kinds of people in the region. The purpose was cultural exchange and to find allies for the Earth.

In the North, the Chief met representatives of Sami villages, local administrations, businesses and NGOs, all motivated by the call for sustainable development and deeper commitment to the planet. As a result of Chief Lyons’ many travels, on December 2, 2002, Åre became the first municipality in Sweden to adopt the Earth Charter into their environmental governance policy, along with the other strategies such as Agenda 21. Benckt Aspman, the former Environmental Strategist for Åre Municipality said, “The main incentive adapting the Earth Charter was that is way for local governments to unify long term development in the areas of economic sustainability, ecological sustainability and social sustainability.”

Jan Danielson, the late Chairman of Green Cross Sweden, environmental journalist and former host for Swedish television’s nature program “Mitt-I Naturen,” was also an influential voice in Sweden to promote “the People’s Earth Charter.” Others grassroots initiatives that grew in the Jämtland region to promote the declaration were from local NGO groups, as well as the United Nations Association of Sweden in Åre, where the women’s group led by Margareta Österberg was active.

 

Living examples of the Earth Charter

Are Municipality photo 4In a day and age when our world can benefit from positive news and good examples, Sweden and the valley of Åre may be a good role model for sustainable development. The region was one of the first to start recycling and begin waste sorting in rural communities. Like many Swedish municipalities, Åre is working to become fossil free, climate smart, and energy effective, and it supports internal programs that encourage the reduction of transport emissions.  Additionally, the municipality began focusing on “green” transportation with various incentives. Together Jämtkraft AB and the towns of Östersund, Trondheim and Sundsvall, promote the use of electric vehicles with the “Green Highway”. This is a transport corridor with recharge stations for automobiles and trains from Sundsvall to Trondheim. Helping to increase the collective traffic is their initiative to allow cost free travel for children and youth on busses. Another was creating a better infrastructure in developing information and communications technology for virtual meetings. “Sustainable destination development” became a term used in the region after Helena Lindahl, with the Business and Commerce of Åre Municipality, began a project to create sustainable tourist destinations. Working with the Natural Step and local tourist organizations, the project worked to assist businesses and local administrations to structurally lighten their environmental footprint and encourage innovation. Åre implemented the Sustainable Tourist Destinations program together with the other regions of Bohuslän, Kiruna, Stockholm’s Archipelago and Vimmerby in Sweden.

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Åre is a region of tourism with one of Sweden’s largest and most popular ski resorts in the Nordic countries. Tourism goes back in time when the ski resort with its’ mountain top “Åreskutan” was founded 108 years ago. The vast mountain valleys are breathtaking, and the history of tourism goes back to the 1800s, attracting guests to visit therapy spas and breathe fresh air. Today the municipality has invested in establishing nature paths for hiking, as well providing public information on the environment.

In Sweden

Green Cross has inspired companies like Plantagon and the Natural Academy Learning Lab, who are among the first in Sweden to adopt the Earth Charter in the Articles of Association for their companies. Göran Gennvi, CEO for the leadership consultancy company, Nature Academy, is one of the many that has been inspired by the Earth Charter. His motto is “nature is my classroom and teacher.”  According to Göran Gennvi, “It is possible to run business based on an ethical framework where environmental protection, human rights, social and economic justice and peace go hand in hand.” Plantagon is another company and non-profit organization working with innovative technical solutions and architecture, which has put the Earth Charter into their Articles of Association, along with the UN Global Compact.

Photo Are MunicipalityOne of the goals of the Åre Municipality is to have a good relationship with the Sami people. The Åre Valley is a part of Sapmi, the land of the Sami people, who have lived there for at least a thousand years. During Chief Oren Lyons’ many visits with the Sami people, many stories and the history of their peoples were shared, and it was evident that both the Native Americans and Sami have many things in common. They share the complicated challenges of maintaining their ways of life; of land rights; a history of exploitation; and, their tremendous knowledge and wisdom of the natural world.

For the rest of us, the Indigenous philosophy of living close to the Earth and in tune with nature is the lesson and challenge of our time. We must listen to the Indigenous people of our world who can help us build a sustainable future at this critical time in Earth’s history. Our survival as the human race may depend on it.

The Earth Charter is a good place to start.Are Municipality photo 1

When reflect on the global security crisis and the need to take action, it is also important to understand that the very root of the crisis, from climate change and the destruction of our Mother Earth, lies within heart of man. We can call it consciousness. This is where the healing and change must come. We must work together over international and ideological boarders, and conflicts. This heart and consciousness of humanity is something we cannot see or touch however it is the root for all human activity. The Earth Charter is something tangible, structured and a strategic instrument with ethical guidelines that can empower humanity at the crossroads, on our inner journey of awakening, transformation and healing.

More information can be found here:

“It’s time to realize our purpose here on the planet. Do you want to be the problem or do you want to be the solution?” Earth Charter is calling for your arrival back to Mother Earth so welcome aboard!”

– Ebbot Lundberg,

Chairman green Cross Sweden

The Earth Charter

Are Municipality photo 3Just as we have human rights for people, we have the Earth Charter for the Earth and its living community. The purpose is to help us live in harmony with our planet. The Earth Charter declaration is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It was in 1994 that Mikhail Gorbachev, the founding President of Green Cross International, and the late Maurice Strong, Chairman of the Earth Summit, began the work to bring forth the Charter. With the support of their respective organizations and help from the government of Netherlands, the work continued as a civil society initiative and became what was the most inclusive participatory process ever associated with the creation of an international declaration. With the input from hundreds of thousands of people in 50 plus countries, and after a six-year worldwide consultation process (1994–2000), the Earth Charter was launched in 2000. Maurice Strong once said, “The Earth Charter is one of the most inclusive and holistic documents in existence with a guidelines for all human activity. The Earth Charter consists of up sixteen principles and sub-principles within the four pillars: I. Respect and Care for the Community of Life, II. Ecological Integrity, III. Social and Economic Justice, and IV. Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace.

Today in the year 2017 we are even more at a critical time in human history where every individual, local community and world governments must awaken. Today, the Earth Charter is a global movement, a vision of hope, and a call to action, and is endorsed by over 6,000 organizations, including many governments and international organizations. Mikhail Gorbachev said “My hope is that the Earth Charter will be provides a guiding light for human behavior toward the environment in the next century.” The Earth Charter is significant today as like Indigenous philosophy is holistic and applies to all human activity and living in peace with the Earth.

 

 

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EARTH University endorses the Earth Charter

We congratulate the EARTH University in Guácimo, Costa Rica, for its Earth Charter endorsement. This endorsement took place in a ceremony on 22 September 2017, in the framework of the world day without cars.

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The Rector of EARTH University, Mr. Arturo Condo, and the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International, Ms. Mirian Vilela, spoke during this ceremony. Mr. Condo mentioned that with the Earth Charter “we are gaining more elements of a global language” for their actions in favor of sustainable agriculture.  EARTH University mission and projects are very aligned with the principles of the Earth Charter and have been realizing them into practice; therefore, it is important to articulate these actions with the language of global ethical principles.

EARTH University endorsement

It was a colorful ceremony, with dance and the participation of students, professors and administrative staff.  Participants were able to sign the endorsement in a tree-like poster, where each signature was in one of the leaves of the tree.

EARTH University, is an international university established in 1990, its mission seeks to “prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society.”

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Major International Symposium on Laudato sì to be held in Costa Rica at the end of November

Laudato si conference imageThe International Symposium on Ecology “Laudato sì, Care for Our Common Home, a Necessary Conversion to Human Ecology”, one of the most important international, academic and ecological event of the year organized by the Vatican, will take place in Costa Rica from November 29 to December 1, 2017, at Wyndham Herradura Hotel in San Jose. It is the first time this event will be held in the Central American and Caribbean region.

This International Symposium will be addressing the topic of sustainable development and climate change on our planet through the lenses of the Laudati sì. The activity is organized by the Catholic University of Costa Rica with the support of Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, which holds this event on an annual basis. This year´s event will be its seventh symposium and it is expected to involve academics, scientists, businesspeople, priests, seminarians, students from different areas, religious people, educators, government officials, and other participants interested in the care for our common home. Registrations are opened.

The event will gather highly prestigious speakers from the Vatican and some of the best universities around the world, including:

  • His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M. Prefect Emeritus of Sacred Congregation for clergy and Amazonia Commission President
  • His Most Reverend Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education
  • Gonzalo Tejerina Arias O.S.A., Dean of the Theology Department of the University of Salamanca
  • Tomás Insua, Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School- Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement
  • Augusto Zampini, University of Durham, Department of Theology and Religion, member of CAFOD
  • Michael Green, Executive Director of Social Progress Imperative
  • Roberto Artavia Loría, President of VIVA Trust
  • Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO
  • Father Josafá Carlos de Siqueira, S.J., Dean of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Unlike the previous events, which addressed theological/dogmatic topics, this year’s symposium focuses on practical theology, addressing a topic that is of global and common interest to everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, political affiliations or nationalities, given that climate change and the protection of our planet concerns everyone. The symposium seeks to foster dialogue between reason and faith, bringing together theologians and scientists to discuss inevitable situations such as climate change, the health of our planet, and our legacy for future generations.Pope with partial quote

The event will include the presentation of an assessment tool to measure countries’ implementation of the Encyclical Laudato si. The Laudato sì Observatory of the Catholic University of Costa Rica will also be inaugurated. The objective of the observatory will be to conduct environmental and social monitoring for the planet, by collecting data to feed the development index as well as disseminating the results of each measurement and any related studies.

The Earth Charter International was invited to take part in this Symposium and help coordinate one of the roundtables, and to join the Laudato Si Observatory, collaborating with some of its projects. We welcome this collaboration, and intend to finds ways to show the close similarities and linkages between the Laudato sì and the Earth Charter.

See reflections on this in the following link: http://earthcharter.org/news-post/the-encyclical-laudato-si-and-the-earth-charter/

For more information and registration, please visit:

http://simposiumratzinger2017.com/en/home/

 

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Course on public policies of education for sustainable development, UNESCO GAP on ESD

The final phase of the Course on Formulation and Design of Public Policies for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was held from 12 to 14 September 2017. This was a special course that we planned and implemented at the request of the UNESCO San Jose Office with the support from the Japan Fund for ESD. The course’s objective was to: “Strengthen the capacities of senior level decision-makers and key personnel in the Ministries of Education and Environment of Central America and Dominican Republic for the development of Education for Sustainable Development Public Policies.” This effort is related to the first priority area of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD and to the Sustainable Development Goal 4 Target 7.

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This course lasted three months (June to September), and had two modalities: face-to-face and virtual. The first part of the course consisted of face-to-face sessions for three intensive days, held at the Earth Charter Center of ESD facilities in the University for Peace, Costa Rica. It continued with a virtual phase that lasted seven weeks, where participants had the opportunity to deepen the topics introduced in the initial face-to-face phase. The course ended with a face-to-face meeting, also held at the EC-ESD Center in Costa Rica, where participants presented their final projects and proposed some actions to follow up this course.

In their assessment of the course, the participants mentioned having had a transformative experience, where some experienced a change in their worldviews and perception of the type of education that each country in the Central American Integration System (SICA) should promote. For their final projects, participants had to generate a proposal for an ESD public policy and an action plan for the design of this policy in their countries. These proposals were an exercise that it is expected to generate actions to instill the vision of ESD in their countries’ education systems.

 

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For the Earth Charter Center on ESD, it was a great satisfaction to have developed this process in a way that helped participants to have a better understanding about sustainability, ESD and ways to generate a public policy on ESD. Some participants expressed that this experience help to generate what some called “a change of paradigm” or “falling in love” with sustainability. The majority of the participants are Ministry of Education officials who have the potential to promote changes in national education policy, curricula, as well as to promote sustainable schools and teacher training programs on ESD. We hope to continue supporting the empowerment process of these participants, so they become agents of change in their institutions and contribute to the 2030 UN Education Agenda.

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Radio Programme in Spain broadcasts the Earth Charter

Zero Emission, the programme from Spain´s International radio, which is the only program in Spanish dedicated to sustainability, disseminates the Earth Charter in its regular transmissions. The director of the program, Ricardo Fraguas Poole, shares his experience in infusing the values and principles of the Earth Charter in its transmissions.

THE EARTH CHARTER AND JOHN LENNON´S ¨IMAGINE¨ FUSED ON ZERO EMISSION IN SPAIN´S INTERNATIONAL RADIO

By: Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Zero Emission

EMISIÓN CERO RADIO INTERNACIONAL DE ESPAÑADear friends of The Earth Charter,

It is with great emotion, pride, and satisfaction that we are able to share with all of you that the message of the Earth Charter is our daily Creed at ZERO EMISSION, Spain´s International Radio program dedicated to the diffuse and promotion of Sustainability.

We cannot find a better way to begin our program than to reaffirm ourselves in what is articulated in the preamble of the Charter.

“We are one human family, with a common destiny.” “We live moments of privilege, to be able to govern in the right way our present and our future”. “Respect and protect Earth and nature, Universal Human Rights, economic justice and the culture of Peace”.

I am continuously thrilled every day, over and over again, by publicly diffusing these words and ideas, which fill our existence with meaning.

This is something I do with the intention of helping us to remember and to assume the privilege of exercising the genuine and sincere act of generous responsibility, of caring for one another, and of preserving the natural environment that gives us life.

We infuse each program in ZERO EMISSION, which I invite you to please consider as yours, the feelings and the values of the Earth Charter, along with the poem and song of John Lennon, “Imagine¨; we confirm that yes, we are dreamers. We believe and we know that we can make a better world for more people. We are not alone in this task. We are moving along. That each day we become more and more, and that we are succeeding in this task.

I am also pleased to share with all of EQUIPO DE EMISIÓN CERO1you the celebration of our first year of live transmissions as the only programme in Spanish dedicated to the promotion and awareness raising of Sustainability.  Our audience comes from five continents; they tune in through devices connected to the Internet, in Podcast version, and through frequencies in the associated stations of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, and Spain.

On ZERO EMISSION we promote the decarbonization of industry and transport and support the actions and initiatives of the United Nations for sustainable development; as well as movements such as divestment, driven by our fellow media group The Guardian and Bill Mckibben.

You can find access and free downloading of all the programmes issued since October 2016 up to date in: http://www.radiointernacional.es/programas/emision-cero/

We hope and wish that all those who promote and use the Earth Charter can participate in our programme sharing your information and actions. As for us, we will continue to to the most we can with our informative work on Sustainability, in which we believe in and enjoy.

Congratulations on your work.

-Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Emission Zero.

 

 

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