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Earth Charter Day 2019

June 29th (3)This year we will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter on 29 June 2000. Affiliates and partners already shared information on Earth Charter Day events happening in the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, and Mexico. We would love to hear about any additional plans for this yearly celebration. Stay tuned for reports about EC Day events from around the world.

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This is also a great opportunity to remind everyone that 2020 will be an eventful year since we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Earth Charter! We want to encourage everyone who is part of the Earth Charter Movement to organize local or national events to commemorate this special milestone. Help us in showing the world the relevance of the Earth Charter in current times.

At Earth Charter International, we will be organizing a series of webinars to connect with our global community.  It is an invitation to learn about the Earth Charter and its connection to other themes such as the SDGs, Education for Sustainable Development, Extinction Rebellion, Economics and Rights. We will hold these global online dialogues all throughout 2020.

We invite you to use #EarthCharter in your social media posts.

Read about the history of the Earth Charter.

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Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development

How to teach Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship – #SDG4.7
15 January – 24 June 2020

Online Certificate 2020 early birdRegistration is now open for the 2020 Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Click here to apply!

The United Nations 2030 Agenda organized around the Sustainable Development Goals has a specific Goal 4 dedicated to education. Target 7 of this goal is very specific, it states that, all learners should “acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

It is clear that education plays a central role for the effective implementation of all SDGs. To accomplish this a transformative pedagogy is needed; an innovative pedagogy that informs and empowers learners to accept their role as planetary citizens who can create new ways of being and new institutions that benefit all.

The Earth Charter Education Center offers an Online Programme that features a values-oriented, holistic approach that promotes a shift in perceptual worldviews and ethical action. This six-month programme has the purpose to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship through the lenses of the Earth Charter.

This UNESCO Chair on ESD with the Earth Charter Programme will provide a space of dialogue using transformative learning pedagogical processes that respond to the new guidance and educational needs of today.

Register before 22 November and take advantage of a 10% early bird discount.

Download the Programme’s brochure.

For more information contact apply@earthcharter.org

 

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EC International Education Conference 2019 Report

BannerThe Conference Report for the 2019 Earth Charter International Education Conference: Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030 is now available. The Conference was hosted by the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace, with the support of World of Walas and Soka Gakkai International, from 29 to 31 January. More than 100 participants from 18 countries attended this conference and had the opportunity to share educational experiences and discuss pedagogical approaches focused on sustainable development and global citizenship.

The report summarizes the 66 presentations given by presenters from over 10 different countries. Due to this rich cultural diversity, the conference was held in English and Spanish and divided into nine plenary sessions and four categories of parallel sessions. The presenters came from different educational fields such as school education, higher education, and non-formal education. In addition, we counted on the participation of presenters from the fields of local government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and UNESCO.

We invite you to read the report to learn more about the work being done to contribute to the advancements in education for sustainable development by members of the Earth Charter Network as well as those who were new to this community.

Access the report here.

You can read more about the Education Conference here.

To view pictures of the Conference click here.

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Earth Charter International Welcomes New Team Member

Javiera picWe are happy to welcome Earth Charter International’s new Communication and Marketing Manager Javiera Gutiérrez. Javiera strengthens the ECI team as she is using contemporary communication strategies to enhance the reach of the Earth Charter and draw attention to our Center for Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter under the framework of the UNESCO Chair.

Javiera has more than 10 years of experience in journalism, communications and digital marketing. In the last few years she has specialized in communications about Sustainable Development. She worked at La Nación newspaper and was later the Managing Editor at La República newspaper. Javiera also worked as the Communications Officer at The Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA). She has a Journalism and Social Information Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile. Javiera is Chilean, Bolivian and Costa Rican.

“I am very excited to have joined the Earth Charter International team. This is a very important time for the world to embrace our movement and to get to know and put the EC in action and I am thrilled to put all my effort and knowledge to raise awareness about this. I am truly looking forward to it,” says Javiera.

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The Earth Charter in Books from Germany

Harald Lesch1German Astrophysicist refers to the Earth Charter in his new book
Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch, the famous german astrophysicist, science journalist, and member of the Bavarian Climate Council refers to the Earth Charter in his recent book “If not now, when then?: Action for a world in which we want to live”. He invites the readers in chapter “acting ecologically – how does it work?” to act according to the Earth Charter and to fill its 16 principles with life through actions. “Everyone of us can through their actions fill the Earth Charter with life, day by day.” He also calls to his readers “Let’s stop to restrict ourselves. We don’t need boarders, neither in the head nor on the world map. (…) Let’s stop to judge, let us begin to share.”

The Earth Charter made it into a German Geography Textbook
The Earth Charter was printed and mentioned in a German geography textbook within the chapter “Global Understanding and Earth Democracy – Why are Global Understanding and Earth Democracy important?”. The book also references the School Marianum, which uses the Earth Charter as a foundation, and encourages the readers to make their school an Earth Charter School as well.

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From the classroom to the whole town

Students from the Marianum School act for insect wellbeing in the town of Warburg, Germany

Thirteen ninth grade students developed ideas about how insects could feel better in their town, Warburg. The concept was created in the Earth Charter project week, themed around diversity, last summer.

On 15 November 2018 three students handed over their project results to the Mayor of Warburg, Michael Stickeln. Ulrike Berghahn represented the German Earth Charter Affiliate during the festive handing over of results.

In the report the students describe the reasons for the insect dying such as insecticides, loss of blooming plants and night lighting. The students emphasized the need for action and presented the recommendations from their project designs: the planting of blooming plants, the stop of using pesticides and night lighting as well as encouraging the consumption of organic foods are also viable in Warburg.

Warburg’s Mayor agreed to many points made by the students and invited them to join the Town’s Council Meeting where they presented again in May this year. The Town Council is currently checking the feasibility of the students improvement proposals for further implementation.

The Marianum School Warburg considers to be an Earth Charter School since two years ago and has since realized numerous Earth Charter projects. We are happy to hear about project that bring the Earth Charter to life and congratulate the students for this great project. We are also very happy to hear about the interest of Warburg town in the Earth Charter and the cooperation between the school with the municipality.

(This article is adapted from an article previously publishes in the German Earth Charter affiliate’s OIEW magazine “Initiative”)

Stundents of the Earth Charter School fight against insect dying: The mayor of Warburg Michel Stickeln supports the project results, which where presented to him by Elias Viefhues, Paul Justicz und Julius Hoffmann. Ulrike Berghahn (ÖIEW-board), the biology teacher Hans Jurczyk, as well as school headmaster Frank Scholle, are present at the handing over. Foto: NW/Anna-Lena Ryczek

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition in Zambia empowers positive change

Seeds of hope Zambia“Everyone of us can make a difference!” was the motto of last month’s three-day exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change”, organized by Soka Gakkai International of Zambia (SGI-Zambia) in cooperation with Earth Charter International at Mulungushi international conference center in Lusaka, the Capital City of Zambia.

Nearly 1000 participants of all age groups, learned about current global issues and the principles of the Earth Charter. The exhibition pointed out our interconnection with the broader community of life and sought to empower viewers with a sense of their own potential to make a positive change. Participants were so motivated by the messages that many vowed to continue supporting the Earth Charter and SGI, and to do something over the environmental degradation after listening to the presentation of the contributing Grassroots Trust organization.

Their pledges, written on pieces of papers, were stacking on a board.  Even a nine-year-old boy pledged to help his community end illiteracy when he finishes school.
Participants left the venue asking when the next program would be held and urged COPE-Zambia to start a University Earth Charter group which they committed to.

COPE-Zambia is currently creating an Earth Charter School Network in Zambia with other schools from around the world committed to fostering Sustainability. The aim is to create an interconnected foundation of young people who are prepared for global challenges and able to live and promote the Earth Charter and its values, ethics and principles.

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SDG World Tour Kick-Off Event

56587619_10161469857115328_3559405360026484736_nThe SDG World Tour project was launched during a special event on 9 April in New York. The purpose of this project is to raise the awareness of a broad public on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through a two-year tour around the world with a sailing boat, the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, starting on 16 August 2020 in Amsterdam and ending mid 2022 in New York. During this sailing tour, the boat will stop in 17 harbors for about 10 days. During each stop, it will focus on one specific goal of the 17 SDGs to be highlighted by means of dialogues, forums, festivals, networking and thematic events.

It is envisioned that the SDG World Tour will become a facilitating platform, a catalyst, and a travelling connector. This effort will also serve to highlight local projects related to specific SDGs from the countries where the SDG World Tour stops. The projects that will be showcased will be selected based on their potential to inspire and initiate similar initiatives elsewhere. Five out of the 17 stops (cities/countries) have already been defined: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Capetown, Mumbai and Shanghai. The other 12 cities are to be defined by fall this year.

EC CompassThe Earth Charter International and the SDG World Tour have joined forces and will collaborate in this project as this sailing boat tour will take not only the SDGs with them, but also the Earth Charter as an ethical compass for this journey with projects that will engage youth on the ship, on shore and on line. ECI will invite Affiliates, Partners, Young Leaders and friends to engage in this project for instance, in collaborating by hosting events when the Clipper Stad Amsterdam Sailing boat is anchored in the harbor of an EC Champion’s country. In short, it is envisioned that EC Champions will have their organization and network be part of the SDG World Tour programme when it comes to a certain harbor.

The Kick-off Event for this project, held on 9 April in New York counted with the participation of UNUSG of Global Commmunciaitons, Allison Smale and the first youth mayor of Amsterdam, Avianka Aventurin. At this occasion, an agreement of collaboration was signed between the SDG World Tour and ECI.

You are invited to spread the word of the SDG World Tour and find out more about it at www.sdgworldtour.com

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Open Enrollment “Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics” Online Youth Training Programme!

LSE earth charterApply now to participate in the next offering of our interactive and innovative Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Training Programme to be held from 07 October – 13 December 2019 for young people aged 18-30!

This training programme seeks to enhance young people’s skills and knowledge to be ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

By participating in this programme, you will have the opportunity to join a global network and support your fellow participants as you explore your role as a leader in your own community.

Participants will receive an Earth Charter International certificate as recognition of their successful completion and an invitation to become an Earth Charter Young Leader.

To ensure that we can build a sense of community among participants, space is limited. Early applications are encouraged.

Click here for application materials and more information about this programme.

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Congratulations to the winners of the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award

On Saturday 16 March the ceremony for the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award, organized by the Association of the Tortosa Friends of UNESCO, took place at the Felip Pedrell Auditorium of Tortosa.

The event was chaired by Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza during which he gave a lecture entitled “Global Challenges, Global and On Time Responses.”

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With the slogan “Let’s Save the Planet: Let’s Act Now Because Tomorrow May Be Too Late!” the students produced short, two-minute films to promote the ecological values of the Earth Charter, the Sustainable Development Goals or the Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve.

Out of a total of 65 submissions from Catalonia, Mallorca, Reinosa, Santander and Zaragoza, the following educational centers were awarded: La Falguera School in Vilanova del Vallès, Calvià Institute in Santa Ponça (Mallorca), Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida, Quatre Cantons Institute in Barcelona, Els Alfacs de la Ràpita Institute, Root Institute, Cap Norfeu de Roses Institute, San José Niño Jesús de Reinosa School, Caparella Institute of Lleida, Flix Institute, Juniper Serra Institute of Palma de Mallorca and David Barreda, Marc Domenech, and Júlia Albaca in the other categories.

This year, as a novelty, the didactic proposal Implícate+ with the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award was developed and shared through UNESCO Tortosa, XTEC and Implica’t+, to implement this contest into classrooms.

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Teachers from the Implica’t+ project, Jordi Farrando, Maria del Mar Lluelles, and Toni Martin accompanied their students to collect three prizes corresponding to the categories:

Formative cycles and baccalaureate:
– 1st prize: Short film “Porta a porta” (Door to Door). Created by: Carlos Rivas, Joan Tartera and Raül Vaca from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.
– 2nd prize: Short film “Prou excuses” (No More Excuses). Created by: Daniel Mendoza and Francesc Lluís Muñoz from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.

Second ESO cycle:
–2nd prize: Short film “Protegim la Integritat Ecològica” (Protect the Ecological Integrity). Created by: Miriam Aguayo, Paula Foixench, Anna Miró and Didac Piqué from the Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Director of UNESCO Tortosa, Ms. Montse Esteve, for the excellent organization of this event and also to congratulate all the student winners.

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