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How can a Government use the Earth Charter? news from Mexico

Congreso Michoacan Adopta Carta TierraHow can a Government use the Earth Charter?

In Mexico, interesting efforts are being led by civil society, in this case by the Mexican Earth Charter Network, coordinated by Mateo Castillo, that has promoted that the Chamber of Senators, Federal Legislators, and Congresses of several States (Durango, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and Tlaxcala), sign agreements where they adopt and commit to the principles and values of the Earth Charter as an ethical framework for sustainable development.

The text of the Agreement adopted by the Congress of the State of Michoacán can be found in this link.

In addition to adopting the principles of the Earth Charter as an ethical framework, the Agreement also calls upon “the holders of the Executive Power, the Judicial Branch of the State, and the constitutionally autonomous organs of the State to consider the Earth Charter as an instrument guiding decisions to be more aligned with sustainability as well as promoting its content. ”

This is an example of how the Earth Charter, in the legislative sphere, can fulfill the important function of influencing the legislative policies of a country and of a State, to act in accordance with its a set of global ethical principles, but also, as an instrument that can assist in the fulfillment of international human rights standards. The legislative congresses of several states in Mexico see the Earth Charter as an instrument that will strengthen their legislative work, such is the case of the Chamber of Senators and Federal Legislators, and the Congresses of Durango, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and Tlaxcala.

 

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Successful conclusion of the 10-week youth training in “Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics”

After ten weeks of reading, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and experimenting, 21 young people from Latin America and Spain completed the Earth Charter International training in “Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics”. This online programme was designed for motivated, talented young people to build their skills and knowledge to effectively lead the transition to more sustainable, just, and peaceful societies.

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Over the ten weeks, participants grappled with the concepts and practical implications of

  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Sustainability
  • The Earth Charter
  • Eco-literacy
  • Systemic thinking
  • Facilitation

At the end of the training, participants worked together in small groups to design a workshop related to these central themes, and then went offline to organize and facilitate it in their own communities. For many, this was the most rewarding part of the programme since they could directly implement what they had learned and be agents of change in their communities.

Participant Dennis Perez from Costa Rica said: “[The workshop] was rewarding and let me see that every day we learn more; moreover, an ethical framework would serve as a tool for other institutions which can use the Earth Charter as a philosophy.

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Upon successful completion of the programme, participants received a certificate of recognition from CTI. They were also invited to participate in the Earth Charter Young Leaders (ECYL) Programme, an opportunity to serve as active focal points within the Youth Network for one year. Young Leaders help organize and facilitate online seminars, workshops and courses and create and publish news and stories of the Youth Network. For example, Julián Arias Varela, alumni of the training programme and member of the ECYL, co-facilitated this training with the ECI Youth Projects Coordinator.

In reflecting on her experience in the programme, participant Paola Gonzalez shared “I’m very motivated; I loved the experience and would repeat it a thousand times. ¨

Earth Charter International aims to train at least 300 young leaders over the next three years. This training is part of ECI´s commitment to the UNESCO´s Global Programme of Action on Education for Sustainable Development, particularly in the area of empowerment and mobilization of young people. It was also established in direct recognition of Principles 12c and 14a of the Earth Charter to:

Honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies” and “Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to actively development contribute sustainable.”

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For information on the next training beginning in January 2017, please visit: http://earthcharter.org/events/leadership-sustainability-ethics.

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2017 Education Programmes offer

earth-charter-windowThe Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce its programmes for 2017 in English, Spanish and Portuguese, which are open to the general public.

We will be offering three online Certificate Programmes on Education for Sustainable Development (in English, Spanish and Portuguese). As well as face to face executive programmes.

The Youth Programme is organizing an online course on “Leadership and Sustainability Ethics” in English and Spanish.

ProgrammesDate
Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development. (English) Facilitators: Sam Crowell, Lorna Down, Mark Hathaway, Rosalyn McKeown; Mirian Vilela, Alicia Jimenez 17 January – 20 June
Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability (Short course in English). Facilitators: Sam Crowell and Mirian Vilela03-07 July
Educación para la Sostenibilidad, Aprendizaje Transformador y la Carta de la Tierra (Short course in Spanish) Facilitators: Mark Hathaway and Mirian Vilela20-24 February
Diplomado en Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible. (Spanish) Facilitators: Mateo Castillo, Mark Hathaway, Alicia Jiménez, María Vilches Norat, Mirian Vilela31 May - 28 November
Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável PIAP. Facilitators: Cristina Moreno, Daniela Carvalho, Fatima Matos Almeida, Mirian Vilela, Rose Marie Inojosa, Sandra Ines Baraglio Granja (Portuguese)31 May - 28 November
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Habitat III, the New Urban Agenda and the Earth Charter

Article by: Mallora Rayner, Earth Charter Canada Network

dsc_0164On behalf of Earth Charter International, Walas sent a delegation to Quito, Ecuador for Habitat III. A record number of thought leaders, citizens and government officials from 167 countries gathered for the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October 2016.

Focusing on the future of cities, the conference offered a full schedule of events, assemblies and dialogues to guide our global actions for the next 20 years in sustainable and transformative urban development.

The culmination was the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. The New Urban Agenda is an action oriented document intended to set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development in alignment with the values and principles defined in the Earth Charter.

 

 

dsc_0173As part of the events, Earth Charter friend and affiliate Gerben van Straaten joined UNEP for a panel discussion on “Better Cities, Better Lifestyles” held on 18 October.

The session explored the need for holistic approaches, how to engage individuals in more sustainable community development and understanding why we make the choices we do to consume, individually and as a society, and was very well received.

It was exhilarating to see the excitement around the values and principles of the Earth Charter. From around the globe, other delegations and local workers, the Earth Charter received so much respect and love.

dsc_0175-1As a result of our joint presence in Quito, we are exploring further collaboration and engaging with requests from all over the globe to work together, and share our stories about social responsibility, sustainable community development, and the Earth Charter.

 

 

 

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Companies endorse the Earth Charter in Sinaloa, Mexico

avales sinaloa mexico firmaThirteen companies located in Sinaloa, Mexico, endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony held on Saturday, October 1st, at the Royal Villas Hotel.

The activity was organized by the Environmental Educators Network of Sinaloa, in specific Carolina Ceballos, in collaboration with the Earth Charter focal point in Sinaloa, Julio Morales, and was moderated by Mateo Alfredo Castillo Ceja,  member of the Earth Charter International Council.   Jesús Enrique Camacho Inzunza, Sub-secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Gregorio Herrera Corrales, Director and Choreographer of the Cozatl Ballet, and Jorge Abel López Sánchez, delegate of SEMARNAT in Sinaloa also participated as witnesses of honor.

We thank and congratulate the endorsing companies, which through this agreement committed to use the Earth Charter as a guide for their decision-making processes.

  • Industrias Marino S.A. de C.V.
  • Hotel Don Pelayo Pacific Beach
  • Hotel Royal Villas
  • Universidad Politécnica de Sinaloa
  • Café El Marino S.A. de C.V.
  • Álamo &TRADE MX SAPI de C.V.
  • UPC Corporate
  • Grupo Arhe
  • Maz Industrial S.A. de C.V.
  • PINSA S.A. de C.V.
  • PINSA Congelados S.A. de C.V.
  • Crédito y Logística de Capital SOFOMENR
  • Pesca Azteca S.A. de C.V.

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IUCN Hawaii Declaration references the Earth Charter

On September 11th, 2016, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) adopted The Hawaiʻi Commitments, an innovative document that sets out the possibilities to meet key conservation challenges identified during the World Conservation Congress, which IUCN organizes every four years.

The Hawaiʻi Commitments were drafted from the discussions and deliberations during the Congress and were presented for comments to around 10,000 participants that attended the event. The document addresses issues such as global food supplies, oceans, wildlife trafficking, dialogue with the private sector, and the building of resilience to climate change.

In its preamble it states that these commitments are based on existing international documents and agreements, including the Earth Charter. Read the full document here.

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Earth Charter article published in Ambientico Magazine, UNA Costa Rica

Revista AmbienticoWe would like to share the October 2016 issue of Ambientico Magazine, published by the School of Environmental Sciences at the National University of Costa Rica. The publication develops an analysis of the work that has been done in 2016 in the public universities of Costa Rica, as part of the initiative of the Universities for Mother Earth year.

This volume includes an article on the Earth Charter and its integration in efforts to hold, within the universities, an ethic of respect and care for Mother Earth.

This issue of the Ambientico magazine is available here (available in Spanish only). To have access to the printed version please write to: [email protected]

Content of this issue:

  • José Luis Zúñiga Zúñiga. EARTH ASKS FOR JUSTICE
  • Gerlin Salazar Vargas. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT MODEL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA.
  • Emmanuel González Alvarado. SPATIAL DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE CENTRAL CAMPUS OF THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY.
  • Noelia Garita Sánchez. COMMITMENT OF THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY.
  • Alicia Jiménez Elizondo. THE EARTH CHARTER: ETHICS FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE UNIVERSITIES FOR MOTHER EARTH YEAR.
  • Soraya Uroz. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND SURVIVAL OF MOTHER EARTH: THE IMPORTANCE OF AGROBIODIVERSITY.
  • José Millán Araujo. GOOD LIVING: ALTERNATIVE PARADIGM OF EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT?

OTHER SUBJECTS

  • Helven Naranjo-Madrigal. THE URGENT NEED FOR AN INTEGRATIVE RESEARCH CENTER IN FISHERIES.

 

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Training in Argentina on Environmental Education uses the Earth Charter

argentina-ctUnder the framework of the “National Biodiversity Strategy and Taruca Project “, teacher trainings were held on September 22nd and 23rd in La Rioja Capital and Chilecito (Argentina), respectively, with the aim of establishing a multiplying project on biodiversity education.

The training was conducted by an inter-institutional collaboration between the Department of Wildlife and Conservation of the Nation´s Biodiversity, and the Ministry of Environment of the province of La Rioja, and it was attended by a total of 600 teachers from primary, secondary, and university levels, from both public and private institutions; interested in reflecting on the role of schools in the conservation of the biodiversity.

argentina-4They were imparted by Luis Acton and Barbara Saulesleja, technicians from the Department of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation.

The main topics discussed were biodiversity in environmental education and the natural heritage of La Rioja, vegetation and wildlife in Argentina, the Taruca as a Natural Monument and endangered species, the development of environmental projects, and the Earth Charter and its educational value.

argentina-5¨For us, the Earth Charter gives us the ethical framework to include environmental matters in the classroom. During the workshop, we observed what human values are necessary to implement in order to conserve biodiversity¨, said Barbara Saulesleja, technician of the Department of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation and one of the facilitators of the training.

The activities held included dynamics and tools to use in the classroom, along with the methodology of environmental education and its importance in relation to the conservation of the biodiversity.

argentina-2The modality of the training is partially online and in presence, divided into two stages: the in presence phase in which the contents are developed and the activities are proposed, and the online phase, in which the teachers must reflect what they learned in the training through a multiplying activity in the classroom or in their communities, which they later present to the other participants.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

Editor: Josephine Schrott, Earth Charter Young Leader

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Faith leaders, the Earth Charter and sustainable leadership

kelly-ngetiThis article was written by Kelly Ngeti, a member of the Earth Charter Young Leaders Programme. Kelly Ngeti, from Mombasa, Kenya, is passionate about working with and for the community, particularly in the areas of the environment, peace and stability. He is a core member, volunteer, and the Regional Coordinator at Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa, a pan African NGO that brings catholic youth to care for and protect the environment. Kelly is also an organizer with the Miritini Peace Initiative which was established amid the 2007-2008 post-election violence in order to promote peace and sustainable leadership. He is a former Mombasa diocesan youth chairperson, and an actor and writer with Big Dreams Productions. Kelly has diplomas in Sales and Marketing, Journalism, and Community Development and is pursuing a degree in Development Studies.

Editor: Josephine Schrott, Earth Charter Young Leader


On August 9th – 12th 2016, I was part of the team that was selected to travel to Same, Tanzania for a forum with faith leaders dubbed FLEAT, meaning Faith Leaders Environment Advocacy Training. The program is run by SAFCEI, the South African Faith Communities Environment Institute, and organized by Hope for Tanzania, an NGO that advocates for climate justice in Tanzania. Hope for Tanzania Director Rev. Elisa Murutu was one of the FLEAT participants.

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A series of forums has been scheduled throughout this year under the FLEAT program, with the agenda of engaging with faith leaders through advocacy and through their institutions to help promote eco-justice and sustainable development.

FLEAT is of the notion that even with the efforts made by lay people in advocating for climate justice and protection and conservation of our environment for the common good, the pace of impact is slow. Faith leaders can speed up the flow of information since many people believe instantly in what their spiritual leaders say. The objective is to advocate for faith leaders to take up a more leading role in advancing the environmental sustainability agenda forward.

I was able to present to this audience of faith leaders from different religious backgrounds and of different positions in their respective institutions. In the forum, there were a total of 70 participants with representatives from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa; pastors, ministers and the bishop of the Lutheran Church and the Pentecostal Church; priests and bishops of the Same, Tanzania diocese of the Catholic Church; representatives from the Islam religion and lay people.

The Earth Charter and Sustainable leadership were my two topics of engagement. With regards to the Earth Charter, I shared the history and its objectives then perused through the principles. It was amazing and encouraging how well the participants connected with the principles of the Earth Charter, each acknowledging their importance in protecting our environment and our earth. For further reading and endorsements, I left a link of the Earth Charter and urged participants to read it through, endorse it and then ask others in their respective institutions to do the same. I further urged them to make the Earth Charter their tool and point of reference in advocating for sustainable development, eco-justice and lobbying.

My second session focused on sustainable leadership. I specifically chose this topic as a point of reference to showcase how good leadership impacts action. I knew it would be exciting and very interesting to hear from the faith leaders their perspectives on good leadership, and what they have been practicing. Because they are leaders themselves with huge number of followers from their institutions, I had a feeling it was going to be an interactive session.

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I shared on the traditional versus modern models of leadership which I had learnt about in the “Leadership, Ethics and Sustainability” course I took with the Earth Charter. True to my instincts, the session turned out to be very interesting and provoked leaders to discuss more on the leadership of Tanzania and their own leadership ways. It was so encouraging how the modern model of leadership was picked up as a realistic resolution to leadership crises in all institutions. It ended with the majority of participants asking for the presentation so that they can disseminate it to their respective members.

My organization, the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (www.cynesa.org), continues to host and lead advocacy meetings and will carry this initiative forward in Kenya and the larger region.

 

 

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