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Bjørn Heyerdahl speaks on Integral Climate Parks with the Earth Charter

On 23 November 2017, the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development hosted UPAZ - Brown BagBAJA003Bjørn Heyerdahl’s presentation on Integral Climate Parks. Bjørn Heyerdahl is an active explorer, environmentalist, biospheric designer and consultant on humanitarian, environmental and development issues. He is currently the CEO of Integral Climate Change Solutions (ICCS) and founder of Midgard and uses the Earth Charter as an ethical guideline for his activities.

With Integral Climate Change Solutions, Bjørn has implemented these holistic living models called Climate Parks in various environments around the world such as South Africa, Italy, UAE, Myanmar, and more.  ICCS has developed the Climate Park concept as one solution to address growing environmental and social challenges through integral design and restoration projects.  These Climate Parks are examples of holistic designs created to meet the needs of local communities, support nearby cities, provide business opportunities and protect and enhance the natural environment. Within these climate parks, constructive systems are used to mimic our natural systems such as the forest floor, the riverine system, the mangroves, etc. in order to create systems that will clean our air and our water and provide a zero waste and healthy environment.  These designs can be implemented anywhere in the world, completely aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ethics and principles embodied in the Earth Charter. ICCS

Bjørn uses the Earth Charter as a checklist and an ethical guideline manifesting and putting into action the intentions and the principles of the Earth Charter. He uses the Earth Charter to make sure the designs are fully integral, to include all the questions people ask, to make sure all sentient life is taken into consideration, for fair participation, and economic stability. ECI and ICCS

Bjørn believes that what we lack in our world are whole systems designs educating people on how we can live together physically exemplifying our commitment towards a sustainable future, “How do we care for our needs without eating away at our foundations?” Bjørn states that, without these living models as examples of how we can live in harmony with the environment and with others, we won’t learn the importance of these intelligent integral design systems. He spoke on the theory behind integral design based on various perspectives for an integral view and the importance of considering the sustainability of the project.

Image of Colla Michieri Project from Bjorn Heyerdahl

The following are some examples of these climate parks around the world in different biomes:

Along the coast of Myanmar, 60% of the coast has been recovered with 2.5 million mangroves planted building up fish populations, sequestrating carbon, creating community engagement within the community which converts the area into an informal food security progamme.

Along the Ligurian coast of Italy, Thor Heyerdahl, Bjorn’s grandfather, initiated a sustainable development model, brought further toward a sustainable model by a collaboration between Bjørn and his father, one of his first climate parks within a family owned property in Colla Michieri as an example of a European model.

Images of Benguerra Island from Bjorn Heyerdahl

Images of Benguerra Island from Bjorn Heyerdahl

Benguerra Island, Mozambique has been transformed into a sustainable eco-tourism development where the community members are the stakeholders and major contributors.

In the middle of the Desert in the UAE where the temperatures on the earth surface reach 60 degrees Celsius, a climate park is being built to create a forest floor using only waste as an example of working against deforestation.

The presentation concluded with the affiliation agreement signed between Integral Climate Change Solutions and Earth Charter International to strengthen our relationship and to continue to collaborate together.

“We live on Earth, if you want to ground yourself you need soil under your nails, in-between your toes, swim in the river, walk in the forest, absorb it, and do something…contribute now, contribute your imperfection because we have nothing else but imperfection and when we share our imperfections, the collective expression of what we will achieve as global citizens, will shock us all.”

To watch his full speech see video below:

 

Written by: Christine Lacayo, Youth Projects Coordinator Earth Charter International

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10-week Youth Online Training Course: Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics to Start 19 June, Deadline to Apply 17 May!

Don’t miss the deadline to sign up for our next 10-week youth online training programme in Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics. The course will begin on 19 June and participants will need to apply by programaWednesday 17 May! This course is designed to train young people around the world, from the ages of 18-30, on how to become active leaders in their community towards a more just, sustainable, and ethical world.

The course will offer you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills on certain themes such as leadership, ethics, sustainability, Earth Charter principles, Eco literacy, Systems Thinking, and how to successfully design and implement a workshop in your community.

Our goal at the end of the course is to successfully strengthen your knowledge and skills on leadership in sustainability, enhance your consciousness to contribute to the greater good, inspire like-minded individuals to collaborate across borders and to carry out your work in your communities, and develop the confidence to use your voice as a leader!

Alumni of this course have the opportunity to become an Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL). This programme is a year-long leadership opportunity to serve as a focal point in the Earth Charter Youth Network to mobilize and engage other young people around the Earth Charter vision and principles.

Register now by visiting our site:  http://earthcharter.org/events/leadership-sustainability-ethics-june-2017/

 

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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.

For more information: http://www.earthcharter.no/

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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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