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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

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

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

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The Federico Mayor Zaragoza Prize for short films will focus on the Earth Charter

Premio Federico Mayor ZaragozaThe XII edition of the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Prize for the 2018-2019 period will focus on the creation of short films that relate to the Earth Charter.

Objectives:

– To promote awareness of the Earth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.
– To promote experiences that favor knowledge and dissemination of the Ebro Biosphere Reserve.
– Sensitize towards the environmental problems that threaten our planet.
– Encourage commitment and transformative actions to protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems.
– To promote collaborative actions that generate a constructive change to achieve more diverse and sustainable ways of life.
– To introduce experiences of schools, institutes and entities that contribute to build a more sustainable world.
– To promote initiatives to protect and improve the environment.

The award is 5,000 euros that will be distributed among the winners of each category.

The period to present the short films is from 5 November 2018 to 3 February 2019.

To participate, you must fill out the registration form found on this page: www.unescotortosa.cat and send it to info@unescotortosa.cat

The award ceremony will take place in Tortosa on Saturday 16 March 2019.

All the information of this Prize can be found in this document.

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Launch of the Earth Charter Education book, National University, Costa Rica

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On Thursday, 25 October, a special event was organized at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), to launch the publication of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development translated into Spanish as part of the annual meeting of the network of educators Delta Kappa Gamma. This International Society of Educators seeks to contribute to the professional and personal growth of the educators who are part of this network. The translation of this publication was undertaken by Bianchinetta Benavides, professor at the School of Literature and Language Sciences of the National University, who shared reflections on the publication at this occasion.

The event “Our Common Home: Educating for Sustainable Development” featured reflections from the Rector of the UNA, Alberto Salom, the Dean of the Center of General Studies, Roberto Rojas, the Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela and of the deputy-dean of General Studies, Miguel Baraona Cockerell, who offered an overview of the history of humanism. The event also counted with the participation of Ana Lourdes Acuña, President of Delta Kappa Gamma- Costa Rica, and Daniel Rueda, Vice-Rector of Research of the National University.

The publication launched showcases a series of articles on education for sustainable development, and the role of the Earth Charter as an educational instrument. It also provides examples of the use of the Earth Charter in education in various settings. For example, in the article “Living in the Earth: Towards an Education for Our Time” by Stephen Sterling, the author describes “the importance of recognizing the mismatch between a shared perception of separateness in Western thinking and the systemic and inevitably participative nature of the world.” He also “traces the development of forms of ‘education for change’ that seek to address sustainability issues that stem from dissociation.”

The article by Rose Marie Inojosa, “Promoting the Earth Charter in São Paulo’s Municipal Education System,” describes “the process of widespread teacher training based on the Earth Charter in the municipal area of São Paulo, Brazil, which diffused knowledge of the Earth Charter among 800 educators and through them, to one million children. This process was developed by the team from UMAPAZ.”

The translation and publication of this work in Spanish allows the reach of a greater number of readers, serving as a resource for all interested in the subject of education for sustainability, or in the Earth Charter in education in all the Spanish-speaking countries in Ibero-America. It is hoped that this publication will inspire many to use it and replicate teaching, research and activities related to values of sustainability and the Earth Charter.

This publication is the result of cooperative ties between the Center for General Studies of the UNA and the Earth Charter International Secretariat. The Center for General Studies of the UNA has being working with the Earth Charter for many years and offers a course on Planetary Citizenship and the Earth Charter to first-year students of the university.

The original publication was launched in 2010 with the aim of contributing to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), and continues to be a unique contribution to the process of education in sustainability values within the framework of the new Education 2030 Agenda.

We invite you to read the publication, use it and promote it.

Access the book by following the links:

English version: http://earthcharter.org/virtual-library2/journal-of-education-for-sustainable-development-42/

Spanish version: http://cartadelatierra.org/biblioteca-virtual2/educacion-para-el-desarrollo-sostenible-y-carta-de-la-tierra/

Video of the launch: https://vimeo.com/297403960

Contents

Notes about the Translation, Bianchinetta Benavides-Segura

Editorial – An Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World, Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Introduction to the Special Issue – Earth Charter Education for Sustainable Ways of Living, Rick Clugston

Opinion Essays

Peace Education, ESD and the Earth Charter: Interconnections and Synergies, Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh) and Virginia Floresca Cawagas

Dangers Facing the Earth Charter, Javier Reyes Ruiz

The Why and What of ESD : A Rationale for Earth Charter Education (and Naming Some of Its Difficulties), Noel Preston

Earth Charter, ESD and Chinese Philosophies, Yunhua Liu and Alicia Constable

Reorienting Education Practices towards Sustainability, Moacir Gadotti

Living in the Earth: Towards an Education for Our Time, Stephen Sterling

Going Global in Arlington, Virginia, Edgar Miranda

Articles

CREADS, A Teacher Training Course on ESD in Costa Rica, Alicia Jiménez Elizondo

Promoting the Earth Charter in São Paulo’s Municipal Education System, Rose Marie Inojosa

Forging Inclusive Solutions : Experiential Earth Charter Education, Linda D. Hill

The Earth Charter Goes Interactive and Live with e-GLO : Using New Media to Train Youth Leaders in Sustainability on Both Sides of the Digital Divide, Mike Sheehan and Jaana Laitinen

Practicing ESD at School : Integration of Formal and Nonformal Education Methods Based on the Earth Charter (Belarusian Experience), Sofia Savelava, Savelau Dmitry and Marina Bakhnova Cary

The Methodist University Sustainable Program : Using the Earth Charter to Mainstream

Sustainability, Waverli Maia Matarazzo-Neuberger and Vicente Manzione Filho

Practices of Integrating the Earth Charter into Education Activities in German Federal States of Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz, Reiner Mathar

Make a World of Difference : Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth, Hiro Sakurai

Student Research

Using EC-Assess to Assess a Small Biofuels Project in Honduras, Franklin Chamda Ngassa

The Earth Charter and the ESDinds Initiative: Developing Indicators and Assessment Tools for Civil Society Organisations to Examine the Values Dimensions of Sustainability Projects, Dimity Podger, Georgia Piggot, Martin Zahardník, Svatava Janouškavá, Ismael Velasco, Tomás Tenía, Arthur Dahl, Alicia Jiménez and K. Marie Duro.

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Ecoliteracy, Earth Charter and Education for Sustainability Workshop, Vancouver, Canada

Sit spot pb 62On 4 September 2018, a full day workshop titled: Ecoliteracy Workshop: The Earth Charter & Education for Sustainable Development as a Meta Curriculum took place in Vancouver, Canada with the purpose to highlight how pre-service teachers might bring sustainability education into their practice.

The organizers and facilitators of this workshop were three participants of the Earth Charter Education Center’s Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development: Tina Walker, Resource Teacher K-12 (School District 68 & 79); Les Malbon, Professor Sport Health and Physical Education, and Wendy Simms, Faculty Science & Technology, . Participants of this training workshop were 100 pre-service teachers enrolled at Vancouver Island University in the Bachelor of Education Post Baccalaureate Degree program.

The workshop was held at the Morecroft Regional Park in Nanoose BC, Canada.  The facilitators used the outdoor location to allow the students to connect to nature and understand how nature can be both a classroom and a teacher. The guiding theme of “place” was used so that students could experience “place” as the integrating context for teaching and learning.

The  workshop introduced the First People Principles of Learning, how to honour Aboriginal worldview, and local protocol for the Snuneymuxw First Nations traditional territory on Newcastle Island, BC. In addition, the facilitators presented the Earth Charter as a global ethical framework for sustainability, and the Earth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a meta-curriculum for both an individual classroom teacher and whole school approach.

Some of the unique activities of the workshop included learning from First Nations Métis Elder ‘Auntie’ Stella Johnson about traditional teachings of the land, writing a letter to the future to a great grandchild in regards to current environmental choices, reflecting in a “nature sit spot,” and an Indigenous Medicinal Plant Walk introduction.

At the end of the workshop, students were able to describe local Aboriginal protocols, apply the Earth Charter as a framework for teaching values education, sustainability, and ecological worldview, design cross-curricular environmental education lesson plans with relevant resources, and more.

According to Les Malbon, “a significant majority of students were grateful to be exposed to this methodology and are now willing to introduce the Earth Charter, SDG’s, and transformational and experiential learning in an outdoor educational experience.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Experiences at the University of Granada, Spain

Article by: Alicia Jimenez, staff member of ECI Secretariat

Universidad de GranadaThe University of Granada is a recognized institution of higher education, founded in 1531 by the Emperor Charles V. With 60,000 students, it is the fourth largest university in Spain. At the Faculty of Education, a research group of academics have been for 10 years using the Earth Charter as an instrument to seek transformative educational experiences, in undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral courses. Also, several of these professors have been writing articles in scientific journals of education where they give an account of their experiences and reflections on how to use the Earth Charter. Currently, this research group is called: “Emerging Values, Social Education and Educational Policies.”
As a requisite for my doctoral studies I had to undertake an internship at a university outside of Costa Rica. I chose the University of Granada, because I was interested in knowing more about the pedagogical approaches that professors there have been using, and, to get to know more the students and the specific context in this institution. During my visit at this University in October 2018, I had the opportunity to meet and have conversations with professors of this research group, and carry out the following activities:

October 10: Workshop with graduate students of education. This was a workshop that I organized with Prof. Miguel Martínez, with a duration of 4 hours, in which 30 students participated. Many of these students did not know the Earth Charter, so it was important to introduce it, because later on in their courses, they will be able to delve into some aspects of it. We discussed in depth some educational experiences that have used the Earth Charter, which I presented on video, and had the opportunity to identify educational objectives that the Charter could help to achieve.

October 15: Presentation of the Earth Charter to 80 undergraduate students of education (including students of social education and pre service teachers). The average age of this group was around 20 years, I liked that they showed so much interest asking many questions, especially around why the Earth Charter has not been so accepted by most governments. Students concluded themselves that it is civil society that has to mobilize to look for the transformations that we want to see in our societies.

October 22: Professor José Conde organized a meeting with Sioux Chief Lee Plenty Wolf, in collaboration with an NGO called Mujeres Caminando la Paz.  The purpose was to talk about water and environmental protection from a perspective of indigenous people spirituality. This meeting followed, on a smaller scale, an International Meeting organized by this group of academics from the Faculty of Education in 2011, called “Earth Charter and Education”. In this one, the Chief Ed McGaa Eagle Man shared about Native American spirituality to live in harmony with Mother Earth. The activity of October 22 had a duration of 2 hours, and I had the opportunity to present the Earth Charter.
One aspect that was revealing for me in this visit to the University of Granada is knowing that the Earth Charter has been an important tool that have allowed scholars of this institution to integrate aspects of ethics and spirituality in their classes and professional practice, something that is not easy to do in formal academic environments.


I also had the opportunity to learn more about Grian Cutanda, writer, storyteller, among many other activities he does, and who is currently organizing the Avalon Project and a publication of great interest for the Earth Charter movement: Stories from the Earth, a compilation of legends and traditional stories whose morals Grian has connected with principles of the Earth Charter. Stories and legends generate cultural changes, the purpose is to promote those stories that help a new worldview to emerge, one that is more holistic and guided by an ethic that seeks justice, peace and sustainability.

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The Earth Charter Game at the Sustainability Fair in São Paulo, Brazil

EC Game SP 1On 25 August 2018, biologist and environmental educator Patricia Abuhab, held 8 workshops of the Earth Charter Game during the Sustainable Turnaround Fair in Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo.

People of diverse ages and backgrounds have had the opportunity to experience a cooperative game that strengthens and disseminates the principles of the Earth Charter in a playful and engaging way.

About 80 people participated in the experience sharing knowledge, experiences of sustainable practices and dialoguing about the Earth Charter.

The 1st edition of the Earth Charter Game was launched in 2011 in Portuguese and English. Following years of development and building on the Earth Charter education philosophy.

The 8th edition of Sustainable Turnaround Fair (Virada Sustentável) in São Paulo was held from 23 to 26 August, with hundreds of activities aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in several locations in the city of São Paulo.

For more information on this contact: andora.abuhab@gmail.com

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Colloquium with Leonardo Boff and Alicia Barcena in Mexico

Written by: Mateo Castillo Ceja

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Launching Reverence for Life Awareness Week in 2018

Reverance for Life SchwezerThe charity “Reverence for Life UK” (RfLUK) will inaugurate the first “Reverence for Life Awareness Week” from the 15th – 23rd September 2018.

Amongst the several projects, they have planned for that week there will be a series of daily postings on Facebook and on their website inviting contemplation of what the phrase “Reverence for Life” can mean and suggesting simple ways in which it can find expression and motivate action in our lives.reverence uk

As one of the celebratory actions, RfLUK will be re-endorsing the Earth Charter as the most profound and up to date expression of the ethics of Reverence for Life in the realm of governance.

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In this context, Percy Mark, past chairman of RfLUK and longtime friend and supporter of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, wrote a short essay to show the connection between Albert Schweitzer’s early preoccupation with issues of governance and between Reverence for Life and the Earth Charter.  Find this essay by clicking here.

All are invited to engage with the Reverence for Life Awareness Week at the local level and from your own context between Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September. The ‘Week’ is organized around the following themes for each of the eight days.

DAY ONE – Reverence for Life is:

TREATING ALL CREATURES WITH RESPECT, KINDNESS & EMPATHY

DAY TWO – Reverence for Life is:

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RELATING TO ALL HUMANS EQUALLY AS INDIVIDUALS

 DAY THREE – Reverence for Life is:  

ACCEPTING OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL LIFE ON EARTH.

DAY FOUR – Reverence for Life is:

EACH PERSON ACCEPTING THEIR OWN LIFE AS A GIFT

DAY FIVE – Reverence for Life is:

AWARENESS OF THE IMPACT OF TECHNICAL & DIGITAL INNOVATION

DAY SIX – Reverence for Life is:

THE ETHICAL PRINCIPLE WHICH PERMEATES THE EARTH CHARTER

DAY SEVEN – Reverence for Life is:

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Percy Mark, Verena Mark and Albert Schweitzer in Lambarene, Gabon.

AN ETHOS WHICH CAN BE FOUND EMBEDDED IN MOST CULTURES

DAY EIGHT – Reverence for Life is:

A PHILOSOPHY WHICH SEEKS TO REVIVE HOPE, AND GIVE PURPOSE TO OUR LIVES TODAY AND FOR THE FUTURE

For more information visit Reverence for Life UK  and Reverence for Life UK Facebook.

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Capacity building for the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica

MEP Bimodal 4The Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace is offering a training course for teachers and administration staff of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica on Education for Sustainable Development.

The course has 80 hours with a hybrid modality (face-to-face and online) distributed in 64 virtual hours and 16 face to face hours. In terms of calendar time, the course lasts approximately one and a half months.

The general objective is to strengthen the capacity of participants to reorient their education practices towards sustainability and to apply teaching strategies that promote education for sustainable development in educational processes.

The course has six modules, in which participants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about sustainable development, the current challenges of global change, delve into the concept and pedagogy of education for sustainable development, putting into practice the knowledge acquired from a practical project.

For 2018, this course will be offered for two groups, each one with 20 people. The participants are teachers and administrative staff from different parts of the country.

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