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French Art magazine “HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture” publishes art book inspired by the Earth Charter


book smallHEY! – 4 DEGREES ART, is a new art book inspired by the Earth Charter and developed by Anne & Julien and Zoé Forget and which brings together 102 artists from 20 countries. The book, published by Ankama Editions, counts with the Preface and Afterword by French scientist Jean Claude Ameisen.

Alarmed with the scale of contemporary challenges and ecological degradation, Anne & Julien, curators of the art magazine Hey! Mordern Art & Pop Culture and Zoé Forget, in charge of photography service for the art magazine, and of project developments decided to embark in this new project to spread the Earth Charter through their work in the field of art (painting, sculpture, drawing). In this context they have invited artists to reflect and answer some questions that emerges from the Earth Charter Text.


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Following is a text from the authors:

Exploring the language of arts

By: Anne & Julien and Zoé Forget

Photo 4For thirty years, our energy has concentrated on the observation of the influence of pop countercultures and art that emerges in the margins of the world´s main currents; This process has led us to build HEY! Modern art & pop culture in 2010, an artistic project around three axes: an art magazine, exhibitions and performances (under the name of HEY! La Cie) – three ways of exploring pop culture in a non-conventional way in all its complexity. As individuals, this autonomous initiative has enabled us to affirm an artistic vision (the return of the figurative in the field of contemporary art) by serving the multiplicity of practices that nourish it; The outlook of works and artists presented in the magazine is often ignored by the academic radars of art criticism, placing it at a distance from a hegemonic, industrial and commercial culture built with the aim of entertaining. Switching from awareness to engagement by linking local action with global consequences: this is the militant perimeter we have agreed to work on – Today HEY! brings together a large network of artists in the world.

Photo 1Currently, a lot of alarming information about environmental problems is available in the public sphere – of which we are part of. A year ago, we decided, as ordinary citizens, that it was no longer acceptable not to react to the situation in which humankind plunged the planet. But the question was how to position HEY! in the midst of the complex range of environmental issues, while our only weapon remains the art? This questioning mobilized our research and leads us to the discovery of The Earth Charter. The humanistic character of this document, its participatory perspectives and its accessibility have nurtured our decision: The Earth Charter has become the catalyst of our new project HEY! 4 DEGREES ART. This book is for us a fighting tool and a statement.

Photo 3The collection of artists who contributed to this book work from territories irrigated with fundamentals, references, diverse filiations and crosscutting areas of influence from which a mapping of connivances is born. HEY! Constitutes in this forest a kind of “guide” suggesting a different approach, beyond the conventional classifications, a stylistic diversity dialogue. Included in the broad perspectives art & environment, the aesthetic space shared in this special issue is not defined by the grammar of eco art or environmental art. Commenting systematically on the imaginary as a safe haven, these artists all discourse in a figurative way, facing a contemporary art dominated by a work of installations and / or conceptual works. It is interesting to note a natural association with a political and social content and the artistic gestures stemming from the conceptual and performative heritage of the 1960s and / or the video art; A kind of “natural environment” in sum, where the denunciation / claim / reaction are in fact legitimized. In this context, figurative painting of the 21st century has not yet been observed as a visionary territory and / or a wake-up caller, but in the fiber of its creative energy the environmental concern is printed as a principle under-stretched or active.

Photo 2We therefore agreed to ask to many artists eleven questions based on reflections on the Earth Charter text. They are neither “eco painters” nor “eco warriors” nor ecologists using art to coagulate their thinking. Together with us they gathered around a variation of points of view and approaches, all concerned and upset by the state of the world, deeply disturbed by the treatment to which our planet is subjected, they have seized a possibility to express themselves, through their favorite medium of expression, as artists and citizens of the Earth, at a time when it is more common to see an artist producing exclusively to supply a work to a dedicated market.

We plan to develop an exhibition which would be a logical continuation following this project.


A book directed by:

Anne & Julien: Over the years and in almost 30 years of activity, Anne & Julien’s work is recognized for its ability to unveil new talents and open fields of exploration hitherto unknown. Specialists in alternative arts and outsider pop, they work on two axes already specified in 1990 on the occasion of the opening of their art gallery L’Hydre de L’Art, Paris. In connection with the preoccupations and interests of the present time, they make reappear the forgotten worlds, choosing themes and works that tend to make visible an avant-garde; And decipher sharp subjects offering an alternative to the vision of a normative one-sided culture. Visionaries as to the influence of pop countercultures and alternative art, the Anne & Julien duo is the source of several major and now historical exhibitions in France (Miyazaki vs Moebius, Museum of the Monnaie of Paris – 2004/2005 // Tattooists, Tattoos, musée du quai Branly, Paris – 2014/2015). Meanwhile, they have set up three founding exhibitions of pop outsider and figurative pop art: HEY! Modern art and pop culture at the Halle St Pierre Museum, Paris (2011 – 2013 – 2015), the first of its kind in Europe and in the museum, named after the eponymous magazine created in March 2010). On paper as well as on rails, Anne & Julien have demonstrated their ability to open fields of exploration hitherto unknown, crossing borders which have subsequently demonstrated their virtuality.

Zoé Forget is a photographer, a graduate of ENS Louis Lumière (Paris) and a doctor in aesthetics, science and technology of the arts. The body, as a marginal subject, a political place and expression of anti-norms both visual and social, is at the heart of his photographic and theoretical works – his thesis, published in 2015 at L’Harmattan, dealt with the representation of non-standard bodies in contemporary photography. Focusing in studio work and directing, Zoé Forget produced eight photographs for the exhibition “Tattooists, tattooed” at the musée du quai Branly (Paris), presented in the last room – the photography cabinet. This series will also be presented at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) as part of the exhibition “Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art “from April 2016. Zoé Forget is photo editor in the editorial office HEY! Since the n ° 8 (September 2011), official photographer of HEY! The ICE, co-author of HEY! TATTOO with Anne & Julien and pilot projects at their side since 2014.

Preface and Postface by Jean-Claude Ameisen:
Doctor and researcher, professor of immunology at Paris Diderot University, his research concerns the origin of the phenomena of cellular self-destruction during the evolution of the living and the role of “programmed cell death” in the development of diseases . Engaged in ethical reflection, in November 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), he chaired the Ethics and Scientific Committee of the International Foundation for Applied Research (FIRAH) and the Inserm Ethics Committee. Involved in the development of relations between science, culture and society, he is director of the Center for Life Studies (Institut des Humanités de Paris – Paris Diderot University), a member of the Scientific Council of the International College of Philosophy and author of Many scientific works. Since 2010, he is the author of the program Sur les épaules by Darwin (France Inter). The subjects deal with the work of Charles Darwin and some of the most recent scientific works resonated with literature, philosophy, ethics, poetry, and art. The 2013 CB News Grand Prize awarded the Best Broadcasts Award to Darwin’s On the Shoulders.

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Conference focused on the Earth Charter in Tatarstan, Republic of Russia

By: Vladimir Zakharov

Professor, doctor of biological Sciences, head of the Center for sustainable development and ecosystem health of the Institute of developmental biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Tatarstan 1In October 2016, a two-day international scientific-practical conference took place titled “Earth Charter – a practical tool for solving the fundamental problems of sustainable development”.  The event brought together scientists and experts from different parts of Russia and other countries to discuss topical issues related to the environment and sustainable development. The plenary session held in the Tatarstan State Council Hall was attended by 130 people involving governmental officials, representatives of the business communities, major religious denominations in the country, and non-governmental organizations.

Participants at the conference received greetings from the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, the founding president of Green Cross International, Mikhail Gorbachev, former Director General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, and other international organizations.

Tatarstan 2In 2001 Tatarstan became the first region in the world where the Earth Charter was adopted at political level and found practical application and commitment was made by the parliament to implement its principles and this event was a way to renew its commitment.

In his welcoming speech, Farid Mukhametshin, Chairman of the State Council of Tatarstan and chairman of the political council of the Republican public movement “Tatarstan – New Century”, said that this conference was an effort to stress the importance of focusing on the solutions of environmental problems through the most important social values – a culture of peace, harmony and justice. The head of the parliament of the Republic emphasized that, in addition to creating the material conditions for a decent life, a priority for national authorities is to maintain a “culture of peace”, “ecological integrity”, and interethnic and interreligious dialogue”.

Tatarstan 3The Republic of Tatarstan funds long-term environmental programmes with more than 15 billion rubles a year. An example of successful solution of environmental problems is the implementation of the state programme “Development of motor fuel market in the Republic of Tatarstan for 2013-2023″, which allowed to reduce emissions by 13 thousand tons per year.

According to Marat Galeev, one of the authors of the project which seeks the implementation of the principles of the Earth Charter in Tatarstan and Deputy Chairman of State Council Committee on economy, investments and entrepreneurship, “human impact on the environment has increased so much that it jeopardizes the very existence of mankind. If the temperature changes on the Earth only one degree, it can have catastrophic consequences for a number of countries today where life flourishes. But ecology is only one of the threats. The Earth Charter four pillars brings together and affirms the relationship of universal challenges: ecological integrity, the preservation of the integrity of life, sustainable economic development and the principles of non-violence. Deterioration of the ecological balance logically leads to negative changes in other realms: global warming is causing natural disasters, affecting the economy, therefore, increases the threat of violent problem solving”

Tatarstan 4Speaking about the fourth principle of the Earth Charter – the principle of Non-violence and Peace, Marat Galeev said that Tatarstan represents an example of successful solution of conflict situations. – “This is very important because in the most troubled years our Republic largely contributed to the preservation of Russia as an integral state”.

I think the implementation of the principles of the Earth Charter is a good test for the level of development of any country or region, –The point the Earth Charter makes requires change in people’s attitudes towards nature and the world. And Tatarstan is a pioneer in the implementation of this vision.


The Conference addressed different themes in 5 sections (Sections 1,2, and 5 focused on the Earth Charter):

Section:  Theme:
Section 1 Development and Implementation of the Principles of the Earth Charter as the basis of integrative approach to the Sustainable Development Problems and Solution
Section 2 Environmental Strategy of the Earth Charter – A Fundamental Basis for Comprehensive Solutions in the field of Ecology and Environmental Management
Section 3 Current Development of Industrial Ecology and Security
Section 4 Socio-Economic Issues of Sustainable Development
Section 5 Practical Measures for Promotion and Implementation of the Principles of the Earth Charter


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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.


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.


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.”


For information on the next training beginning in January 2017, please visit:

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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.

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




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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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