Norway Archives - Earth Charter

Earth Charter Plus 15 celebrated at Rock Festival in Norway

Every year since 2,000, Torill Frydenlund has been organizing the Maanefestivalen, or Moon Festival, a rock festival, in Fredrikstad, Norway, a traditional, old fortified town on the banks of the river Glomma. Many years ago, Torill, an activist, was involved in the drafting of the Earth Charter. However, she lost contact and only rediscovered the Earth Charter recently. In collaboration with Earth Charter Norway and Earth Charter International, this year’s Moon Festival honored the Earth Charter’s 15th anniversary by making it a feature of the festival’s traditional “Green Side of the Moon” environmental awareness campaign.

Fredrikstad’s main square, only a minute’s walk from the festival’s main stage and even nearer to secondary stages, was filled up with several stands in support of environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and other local initiatives. The Earth Charter had the largest stand of all and the festival printed out thousands of small brochures and large posters for the volunteers from Earth Charter Norway to hand out to festival attendees.

For those people with a deeper interest in learning about the Earth Charter, five short workshops were held in a local Rotary Club facility. Earth Charter Norway’s Leif Runar Forsth offered two separate workshops on the Earth Charter and creativity, and Earth Charter International’s Douglas F. Williamson offered three workshops on the Earth Charter, interdependence, and teamwork, on the Earth Charter and storytelling, and on the Earth Charter and systems thinking. The workshops were attended by more than 50 people, all of whom got a short but intensive look at the Earth Charter.

The Earth Charter was well disseminated at the festival and there is no doubt that through the work of the EC Norway volunteers many people had the chance to learn a little about the Earth Charter. The hope is that EC Norway will find new momentum and new volunteers and supporters to continue to grow the Earth Charter’s reach in Norway.

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Earth Charter youth network wants to expand in Europe!

An example of an European Earth Charter effort:

In March 2011 the Earth Charter International along with the Earth Charter Youth Team organizes a one-day online conference to inform the European youth organizations and individual activists on the Earth Charter and its usefulness as an educational instrument when building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

So far some 100 organizations have joined the Earth Charter youth network from Europe and Central Asia. In addition, there are 16 official Earth Charter Youth and Student Groups (ECYG) in 16 European and Central Asian countries.

ECYGs are action-oriented societies, networks, or organizations that bring alive the vision of the Earth Charter in the local and/or national communities. The youth study the declaration, get inspired by it and then organize small action projects on sustainability.

Youth in Europe promote the Earth Charter by

  • organizing events where they present the declaration
  • translating the document
  • informing other organizations on it
  • training people on sustainable development and ways of living.

National Earth Charter Websites in Europe and CA:

Finland | Germany | Greece | Italy | Latvia Norway | Russia |

From the related articles below, one can see some examples of the European Earth Charter youth activism.

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EC Norway had an Earth Day event with a presentation on the Earth Charter

On 22 April in Oslo, Norway the annual formal meeting for Earth Charter Norway NGO was combined with an open house meeting together with The Oslo Ethics and Leadership Group of Tekna – The Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals.

Halvor Stormoen, representative of Earth Charter Norway,  made a presentation of the Earth Charter, its history and the Way Forward. The meeting focused on the content of The Charter and its 16 principles, linked to some recent news of events in Norway.  The Celebration of EC + 10, the “It starts with one” campaign and the 40 years of Earth Day were highlighted.

In attachment the Annual Report from Earth Charter Norge NGO in Norwegian!

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