Earth Charter Committee of Australia has been working under the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA). This group recently published an Earth Charter Brochure, which they have been sharing in their activities.
A very interesting action this Committee carry out every year is the UNAA Queensland Global Citizenship Schools Programme.
The aim is to engage and inspire primary and secondary students across Queensland to become active Global Citizens. The specific objectives are:
– Engage and inspire students to become active Global Citizens
– Empower students to be effective leaders
– Support students to plan two UN Global Goals school initiatives
– Target Principle 14a of the Earth Charter: “Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.”
– Build connections between schools and Local Members
The Values Foundation, Affiliate of the Earth Charter International in Spain, has created a very special video, where three kids explain what the Earth Charter is in a fun and engaging way.
For this organization, the Earth Charter, is a document and a participatory process that continues to create a global civil network throughout the planet. Children are part of this global network, and they have been given the opportunity to give their message, through this video.
We appreciate if you share this video with your networks and friends, it can be an interesting tool to be used in the classroom. The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.
The Mexican Earth Charter Network has been active in the first two months of the year.
The focal point of the State of Hidalgo, Leodán Portes, promoted a cultural artistic show based on 20 short stories inspired by the Earth Charter, called: “Huitzilin, Tales for the Earth and Songs for Peace”. This show was presented on 14 February 2018, at the Technological University of the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico (UTVAM), entity in charge of making and producing this event.
This cultural production is part of UTVAM student empowerment programme, which uses the neuro-education approach. The tales were presented with music and theater.
In Mexico City, the civil society organization Kybernus endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony that took place on 20 February 2018. Kybernus works on youth empowerment, and has 32 offices in different States of Mexico. This endorsement was possible thanks to the efforts of Eder Medina, EC focal point of Chiapas. The witness of honor of this endorsement was Senator Ninfa Salinas Sada, President of the Environment Committee of the Senate of the Republic.
As part of this endorsement’s ceremony, the new publication of the Earth Charter Adaptation for young people was presented. This adaptation is the product of a consultation process that lasted 4 years, with youth from the local Councils for Sustainable Development.
The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development is offering the following Education programmes, open to all interested.
The Programmes are developed under the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development, that the Earth Charter Center coordinates with the University for Peace.
Find the information of next programmes in the links below.
29 May to 27 November 2018: Online Certificate Programmes on Education for Sustainable Development in Spanish and Portuguese. Six-month diploma programmes fully online. Certificate offered with the University for Peace.
From May 24 to June 1, 2018, the Rome & Assisi Spirituality & Sustainability Conference will be held in Italy. The Co-Conveners are the Center for Ethics at Saint Thomas University in Florida and FORUM 21 in New York.
This Conference will bring together visionary people from a range of ecological-spiritual perspectives, centers, and movements. Participants will dialogue about transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability and will identify key recommendations for creating a spiritual and sustainable global future.
The Conference’s goals are: to explore breakdown of civilization in the Anthropocene and breakthrough from the Cenozoic Era to the Ecozoic Era, explore practical tools, both spiritual and organizational, for personal, social, and ecological transformation, identify and support young leaders seeking transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability, and seek common ground for ecological sustainability across the wisdom traditions of world religions and indigenous spirituality
The conference will also focus on the Earth Charter as a key contribution to global ethics, the United Nations work on sustainable development and particularly its “Agenda 2030,”; as well as from the wisdom traditions of world religions and indigenous spiritualities.
To help stimulate dialogue around the relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues, ECI Executive Director, Mirian Vilela, invited Prof. Brendan Mackey* in 2017 to write an essay as a personal reflection on the Earth Charter’s current relevance and the ways in which it can be used to help promote a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.
The idea then evolved to broaden this activity by inviting a group of people, who are engaged with the Earth Charter Initiative, to write a brief response to Brendan’s essay and to share all these reflections on the relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues by posting them on the ECI website.
We hope these materials will stimulate an expanded dialogue on the significant and relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues and the challenges of the Anthropocene. We invite you to read the essays and contribute to the discussion.
Click here to read the essays or see the list below.
We welcome anyone who has been working with and reflecting on the Earth Charter and its uses, to share with us their responses and reflections. If you would like to make a contribution to this dialogue please email a short essay (700 words max.) by 30 June 2018 to the ECI executive director at [email protected].
We will go through the essays received and put together a digital book with a collection of them. During the 2nd semester of this year, we shall have an online forum on this and the release of this publication.
*Director of Griffith University’s Climate Change Response Programme. Brendan was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting committee, former co-chair of Earth Charter International Council and is a senior advisor of the Earth Charter Initiative.
Rudolphus Franciscus Marie “Ruud” Lubbers 7 May 1939 – 14 February 2018
It is with a great sense of loss and sadness that I learnt about the passing of Ruud Lubbers. His life is an extraordinary example of dedicated public service at the local and national level and internationally. For all of us involved in the Earth Charter initiative he was a great friend, an inspiring colleague, and a visionary leader.
Ruud Lubbers played a central role in bringing Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev together in 1993 and 1994 and in the launch of the Earth Charter consultation and drafting process as a civil society initiative. The support of Queen Beatrix and the generous financial support of the Dutch government during the early years was critical, and it would not have happened without Ruud’s leadership as Prime Minister. It was the support of Ruud and the Queen that made it possible to celebrate the launch of the Earth Charter at the Peace Palace in the Hague.
Ruud was among the most active members of the Earth Charter Commission and was deeply involved in the drafting process. For example, he was a strong supporter of participatory democracy, and it was Ruud’s insistence that led to inclusion of the word “participatory” in Principle 3. A strong advocate for establishing high ethical standards in government and business, he also recognized the importance of including in the Earth Charter universal spiritual as well as ethical values. In his speeches and writings on the Earth Charter, he emphasized both the spiritual and ethical dimensions of the Earth Charter vision.
After the launch of the Earth Charter in 2000, Ruud remained committed to building the Earth Charter movement and to supporting and funding the ECI Secretariat at UPEACE as an instrument for promoting the Earth Charter vision worldwide and for implementing its principles at all levels. He served for many years on the Earth Charter International Council. It was through the exceptionally generous support of Ruud and his family that the Earth Charter Secretariat was able to build the Earth Charter Center on the campus of UPEACE.
I will always remember Ruud with admiration, gratitude, and deep appreciation for his friendship. It was a privilege to have had the opportunity to know and work with him over the past two and a half decades. I send my deep sympathy to his family at this time of great loss. Let us all give thanks for Ruud’s life and the deep concern and caring spirit that guided his many efforts to help build a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
Rudolphus Franciscus Marie “Ruud” Lubbers 7 May 1939 – 14 February 2018
It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing away of Mr. Ruud Lubbers on 14/02/2018. It is hard to say good-bye to him, as he was so special and dear to us. He was a friend and a mentor to me and many of us involved in the Earth Charter Initiative. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity of meeting him and learning so much from him throughout many years of working together.
Mr. Lubbers was a very active Earth Charter Commissioner and great supporter of the Earth Charter for many years. It is a great loss for the Earth Charter Initiative and to the world. However, we have many reasons to be grateful to him. I will always remember his sense of freedom and informality to speak with people and the fact that he was especially comfortable in speaking his mind.
As a political leader. who embraced the deep ethical and spiritual dimensions of sustainable development, he was a unique voice emphasizing the importance to bring ethics to the world of business and politics.
In the last few years of his public life, in speeches he offered at Earth Charter meetings, he often highlighted the importance of nurturing our spirituality and soul. At the Earth Charter+10 event in Ahmedabad, India in 2010, he said:
“We need to include Pneuma / Prana – i.e. spirituality in what we are doing and the way we address challenges. We … now realize that we should nourish ourselves with spirituality… We may even begin to speak about four ‘P’s: People, Planet, Profit and Pneuma”. (Pneuma is the ancient Greek word for “breath” and in a religious context for “spirit” or “soul”)
He often stressed the importance of understanding our responsibility to secure a healthy environment to current and future generations, and of considering new participatory approaches in politics to realize the aspiration of sustainability, which in itself, requires, as he used to say, the willingness and skills to engage, dialogue, and collaborate with different sectors: government, business and civil society sector.
I can still hear his voice saying repeatedly:
“There is a need for complimentary governance. We have always considered politicians to govern and manage the common responsibilities and resources. However, the need is now to involve civil society into governance” (in 2010 at the Earth Charter+10 Conference in Ahmedabad, India).
Herewith we share with you some photos, writings and videos of him.
On behalf of all involved in the Earth Charter Initiative, we send our sentiments and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Lubbers and to the people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
May his soul rest in peace.
Earth Charter International
On 28 November 2017, the second edition of the International Diploma Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, in Spanish and Portuguese were successfully concluded. This Diploma Programme is implemented under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, and is delivered in collaboration with the University for Peace.
Twenty-three educators participated in these Diplomas, representing nine countries. This Diploma lasts 6 months, is fully developed online and has 5 courses offered by facilitators from different countries. In the final seminar, held on 28 November, participants expressed their great satisfaction with the process, for many it was a transformative experience.
To obtain the Certificate, participants carried out a final project, where they were asked to implement a workshop of a minimum duration of 8 hours, with a target group of interest for the participant. The objective was to deepen learning process by putting into practice elements from the Diploma that they considered important.
A conference on Education, the Earth Charter,
and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development.
The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles.