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Story for high school students inspired by the Earth Charter

Querido Septiembre ImplicateWe are pleased to share the story titled “Dear September,” created by Implicate+, a collective of educators from Lleida, Spain.

This story was written for high school students, with its original version written in Catalan, and is inspired by the Earth Charter. It has been translated into five languages: Aranese, Spanish, English, French and Italian.

You can download the document through this link. The English version begins on page 100.

Implicate+ is a collective of 43 educators working in thirty schools in Lleida, Spain, carrying out more than 320 activities focused on the essential values of coexistence and sustainability, and using the Earth Charter as a reference.

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Publication about Green Schools in Argentina

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The Ministry of Education and Innovation in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has published the book: Green Schools that Inspire. In this publication, they have highlighted the Earth Charter as an instrument that “invites us to think of ourselves as one terrestrial community with one common destiny.” With this premise, they generated several axes of work related to the construction of a sustainable global community beginning in schools.

The publication highlights methodologies used in educational centers to become Green Schools, in addition to achievements in schools in Buenos Aires.

You can download this publication here. (Available in Spanish)

 

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Celebrating World Environment Day in Mexico with the Earth Charter

The Earth Charter Network in Mexico celebrated World Environment Day, 5 June, by promoting the principles and ethical values of the Earth Charter through different activities.

In Cajeme, in the state of Sonora in northern Mexico, the City Council and several institutions endorsed the Earth Charter on Environment Day. The focal point of the EC Network in Sonora, Martín Villa, coordinated the realization of a ceremony where the city council signed the endorsement. The Superior Technological Institute of Cajeme (Itesca Cajeme), the Technological Institute of Sonora, the La Salle Northeast University, the Technological University of the South of Sonora, Plin Industrial, CANACO, and three local companies also joined this endorsement.

In Durango, the Polytechnic University commemorated World Environment Day with a Conference on the Earth Charter and organized a ceremony of thanks and offerings to Mother Earth. Thank you to the Focal Point of the Earth Charter Network Mexico in Durango, Amorita Salas, and to the authorities and staff of this university for their leadership and commitment to sustainability.

On 9 June, the Municipality of Naucalpan endorsed the Earth Charter, in a ceremony where Mayor Patricia Durán signed this document. Subsequently, more than 2,000 people planted trees in honor of Principle 5c of the Earth Charter: Promote the recovery of endangered species and ecosystems. Naucalpan de Juárez is a very important municipality in the northwest of Mexico City and one of the biggest challenges of the city is deforestation. Chuen, community leader and member of the Earth Charter Network in Mexico was one of the organizers of this event, and Mateo Castillo, Coordinator of the Mexican Earth Charter Network also participated.

In Aguascalientes, the Ecological Center Los Cuartos carried out the Children’s Environmental Conference within the framework of World Environment Day with the aim of shaping environmental ambassadors, who meet the objective of promoting environmental education in their community and their immediate environment. This Congress has been organized annually for more than 13 years, and the main theme has since revolved around the Earth Charter. Gina Ventura, Focal Point of the Earth Charter Network in Aguascalientes, organizes and promotes the Earth Charter in this state.

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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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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

Translation of the SDGs to indigenous languages:

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Languages play a fundamental role in people’s daily lives. Besides being an instrument of communication, education, social integration and development, languages give us identity. This is why the United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the intention of sensitizing society about the importance of the richness in the world’s cultural diversity.

Based on SDG 4 for Quality Education, the Chiapas College, Institutional Endorser of the Earth Charter, considering the presence they have in practically every region of the state, together with the Intercultural University of Chiapas, the Mexican Earth Charter Network (through the Focal Point of that state, Eder Medina) and the organization Kybernus A.C., have translated the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the Tsotsil, Tseltal, Zoque and Chol languages.

The objectives are expressed with representative illustrations of the state of Chiapas in order to disseminate this important international framework for the promotion of Sustainable Development on International Mother Language Day celebrated on 21 February.

We share the documents of the translations through this link.

Events:

Puebla Carta de la TierraOn February 2019, Puebla City Hall approved an Agreement presented by the Mayor to endorse the Earth Charter.  Ignacio Rojas, focal point of the Mexican Earth Charter network in this State is following up this agreement to operationalize it, and make possible to include the Earth Charter in public policies and/or education processes.  See here news and videos about this.

 

 

Michoacan Carta de la TierraIn the framework of the XLVI Anniversary of the Technical Agricultural High School (CBTA, for its initials in Spanish) No. 7 “José Vasconcelos Calderón,” the Environmental Protection Procurator of the Government of Michoacán, Mexico (PROAM, for its initials in Spanish), participated in the endorsement of the Earth Charter, as a firm commitment between authorities and society to carry out actions for the conservation of natural resources.

PROAM officials expressed their congratulations to the initiative of this CBTA to train in young people a sense of identity with their state and responsibility to the environment.

 

Estado de Mexico Enciclica Laudato Si Carta de la TierraThe focal point of the Earth Charter Network in the State of Mexico, Rafael Fernando Sánchez Barreto, gave a lecture on the encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Earth Charter as an alternative for the construction of the community of peace. This talk was held at the CONECTATE vocational festival organized by the Movement of Students and Professionals of Catholic Action, on 2 and 3 March 2019, in the Parish of Santa Clara de Asís, Municipality of Lerma. Around 40 young people attended.

In addition, Rafael Fernando gave the talk “The Earth Charter as a Tool for Training in Touristic Municipalities Vulnerable to Climate Change,” at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, within the framework of the International Congress of Tourism Training, held from 16 to 18 January, with around 20 participants.

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Earth Charter International Education Conference 2019


Earth Charter International Education Conference 2019

LEADING THE WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY 2030:
EDUCATION, THE EARTH CHARTER, AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

29 – 31 January 2019

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The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace, with the support of World of Walas and Soka Gakkai International, hosted the Earth Charter International Education Conference: Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030. The conference took place on the University for Peace campus from 29 to 31 January.

More than 100 people participated from 18 countries, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Guatemala, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Japan, among others. A wide variety of sectors were represented, including universities, school educators, local government officials, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, as well as UNESCO representatives from both the Headquarters and the Regional Office for Central America and Mexico, and the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica.

This conference sought to share experiences and research projects and generate a dialogue on pedagogical approaches, materials and lessons learned in the search for necessary transformations in education processes for sustainable development and global citizenship.

The Conference was held in English and Spanish, with 66 presentations, divided into nine plenary sessions and four categories of parallel sessions, namely: school education, higher education, and non-formal education in English and Spanish. Among the speakers were recognized authors in the field of education, especially education for sustainable development, global citizenship, transformative education, among others. In addition, pedagogical principles that encourage interaction and enjoyment were put into practice. In this sense, at the Conference there were nature walks, music and dancing, as well as moments of reflection, meditation and sharing among the participants.

Many shared their experiences on how they have been working with values in their education practices. It was emphasized that ESD is about transformative action and that any Earth Charter education requires involving the mind, the heart and the hands.

There was so much richness in thought and exchange in all sessions leading to a quite unique experience. In his presentation, Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran invited participants to look at the future with hope. His keynote address highlighted the importance of Radical Hope, world affirming spirituality and intergeneration action and equity. Dr. Sam Crowell invited participants to reflect on the role of education in helping us to identify “who we are and what kind of a person we want to be?” Dr. Namrata Sharma said, “the behavioral response to solve global issues would be rooted in a non-dualistic belief system which perceives an inextricable link between the self-other-nature-universe.” She also shared some recommendations identified from a study of value-creating global citizenship education and the Earth Charter for the UN 2030 global citizenship agenda. Dr. María Vilches shared the findings of her research on “Ecopedagogy and the Eco-Schools programme in Puerto Rico.”

Mrs. Akpezi Ogbuigwe, a well-known speaker and former Director of the Education Division of the United Nations Environment Programme, gave the Conference closing remarks with an emotional speech. She posed the question: “If so much is being done, why do we still have compounding wicked problems?” She talked about the importance of powering the SDGs with the EC spirit as a crucial step to the future we want. She ended her speech with an emotional poem with an invitation to rise up to the task of social transformation through education.

The feedback received has been very positive. As part of the follow-up to this Conference, the organizers will be creating a report and a publication in book format, which compiles the main ideas shared through articles written by the participants themselves.

Click here for more information about this Conference.

Follow the link to see the Conference Agenda: http://earthcharter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-Earth-Charter-Education-Conference-Agenda.pdf

Click here to watch a video of the Conference.

To view pictures of the Conference click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/gp47i8iupBoSdgQa7

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Network of University Radio Stations promoting the Earth Charter

The Association of University Radio Stations of Spain, the University Radio Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RRULAC) and the University of Extremadura organized the IV Meeting RRULAC IB: “University Radio in Progress: Towards the Conformation of a Media Agenda” with the participation of university radio representatives from more than a dozen countries of the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe (Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, the United States, Portugal, Italy and Spain). The Meeting took place from 24 to 27 October 2018, in Madrid and Cáceres.

Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza offered the inaugural speech of the Meeting, where he spoke about “The era of knowledge“. Throughout his speech, he mentioned the importance of university radio stations in the current context, from the point of view of proposing themes and denouncing the situation that we live in our days. In this regard, he stressed the importance of the “Earth Charter” as a working document for university stations.

During the Meeting, the RIU (International University Radio Stations, Network of Networks) endorsed the Earth Charter and invited all its networks and broadcasters to subscribe and use it individually. Institutionally, RIU is committed to working on the dissemination of the Earth Charter among its radio stations and associated networks, as well as among the citizens through specific actions of radio and transmedia communication, using the 16 principles of the Charter.

As a follow up, RIU is planning to sign an Agreement with the University Institute for Human Rights, Democracy and Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (DEMOSPAZ), of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Ramón Areces Foundation. The Agreement will seek to generate an action plan, which among other actions, will aim at developing radion programmes on this and the dissemination of the Earth Charter among the 300 media and university platforms that are part of this international network of radios.

 

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Earth Charter Panel at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Canada

On 4 November 2018, a keynote Earth Charter Panel took place at the Parliament of the World’s Religions with the purpose of exploring the significance of the Charter as a civil society document that represents inclusivity and interdependence and to look at how the vision of the Earth Charter is being realized in both theory and practice. The panel was convened by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Co-directors of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and included rich reflections from panelists on how the Earth Charter contributes to a sense of a shared future. The panel was very well attended with several hundred participants.

Among the key ideas raised was that the Earth Charter remains a vibrant and useful document—a timeless gift to humankind. Its educational value remains undiminished. The Parliament provided a large and critically important audience for the Earth Charter. The setting of our responsibilities within the universe story continues to be profoundly compelling. The Earth Charter was, and still is, ahead of its time.

Peter Corcoran, one of the panelists, closed his remarks by saying, “Finally, one of the many sources of hope is, I think, particularly appropriate to the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ aspiration for unity and this panel’s aim to contribute to a sense of a shared future. This is the Earth Charter as a vision of our highest ideals. We may not realize our ideals of democracy, non-violence, and peace; of social and economic justice; of ecological integrity; and of respect and care for the community of life; but they are like the stars, and currents, and landmarks by which we can navigate our journey. We need such a vision. Steven C. Rockefeller, Chair of the Earth Charter Drafting Committee, has written, ‘The Earth Charter sets forth a world affirming spirituality rooted in reverence for the mystery of being and reverence for life that finds meaning and joy in caring relationships with all that is.’ This reverence, these caring relationships are our hope.”

The programme was as follows:

Chair and Facilitator:
John Grim, Co-Director, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
John Grim is a Senior Lecturer teaching in the joint MA program in religion and ecology at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale Divinity School. Together with Mary Evelyn Tucker, he co-directed in the 1990s a ten-conference series and book project at Harvard University on “World Religions and Ecology.”

Panelists:
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology
Topic: The Earth Charter and the World’s Religions
Mary Evelyn Tucker is co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale where she teaches in an MA program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Divinity School.

Tu Weiming, Director, Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Beijing University
Topic: Spiritual Humanism and the Earth Charter
Tu Weiming is a preeminent Chinese scholar, a representative figure of contemporary Neo-Confucianism, and a crucial practitioner on the research and transmission of Confucian culture.

Heather Eaton, Professor, Conflict Studies, Saint Paul’s University, Ottawa
Topic: What Role Can the Earth Charter Play in Conflict Resolution
Heather Eaton received an interdisciplinary doctorate in theology, feminism and ecology at the University of Toronto.

Peter Blaze Corcoran, Research Fellow, Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica
Topic: The Earth Charter in Action: Education and Sustainability
Peter Blaze Corcoran is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a leading scholar of the Earth Charter—editor of two books and dozens of journal articles in Earth Charter research. He has been a visiting professor in Australia, The Netherlands, Malaysia, Kenya, and Fiji.

Kekashan Basu, Youth Ambassador World Future Council
Topic: Youth Empowerment through the Lens of the Earth Charter
Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, 18-year-old Kehkashan Basu, has been impacting the global fraternity with her grass roots level work on environmental conservation through youth empowerment. She is the Founder President of Green Hope Foundation, which engages and empowers thousands of youth, especially girls.

In addition, in a Panel on Religious Pluralism, Dr. Mark Hathaway made a presentation on the Earth Charter in which he related it to some fairly universal religious values.

Click here for more information on the Conference.

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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

The Values for Sustainable Development Conference took place on 16 October 2018 in Chiapas, Mexico.  It was organized by the Colegio de Bachilleres de Chiapas school, the Autonomous University of Chiapas and the Kybernus A.C. (youth organization).  The programme “Sustainable Cobach” was presented during this Conference. The programme is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4) and it promotes Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter.
Find more about this programme here.

The Executive Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela, participated in the Santa Lucia International Festival of Monterrey, Mexico, with a presentation on the Earth Charter. The festival took place from 25 October to 11 November 2018.
Find more about this festival here.

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Launch of the Earth Charter Education book, National University, Costa Rica

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On Thursday, 25 October, a special event was organized at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), to launch the publication of the Journal of Education for Sustainable Development translated into Spanish as part of the annual meeting of the network of educators Delta Kappa Gamma. This International Society of Educators seeks to contribute to the professional and personal growth of the educators who are part of this network. The translation of this publication was undertaken by Bianchinetta Benavides, professor at the School of Literature and Language Sciences of the National University, who shared reflections on the publication at this occasion.

The event “Our Common Home: Educating for Sustainable Development” featured reflections from the Rector of the UNA, Alberto Salom, the Dean of the Center of General Studies, Roberto Rojas, the Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela and of the deputy-dean of General Studies, Miguel Baraona Cockerell, who offered an overview of the history of humanism. The event also counted with the participation of Ana Lourdes Acuña, President of Delta Kappa Gamma- Costa Rica, and Daniel Rueda, Vice-Rector of Research of the National University.

The publication launched showcases a series of articles on education for sustainable development, and the role of the Earth Charter as an educational instrument. It also provides examples of the use of the Earth Charter in education in various settings. For example, in the article “Living in the Earth: Towards an Education for Our Time” by Stephen Sterling, the author describes “the importance of recognizing the mismatch between a shared perception of separateness in Western thinking and the systemic and inevitably participative nature of the world.” He also “traces the development of forms of ‘education for change’ that seek to address sustainability issues that stem from dissociation.”

The article by Rose Marie Inojosa, “Promoting the Earth Charter in São Paulo’s Municipal Education System,” describes “the process of widespread teacher training based on the Earth Charter in the municipal area of São Paulo, Brazil, which diffused knowledge of the Earth Charter among 800 educators and through them, to one million children. This process was developed by the team from UMAPAZ.”

The translation and publication of this work in Spanish allows the reach of a greater number of readers, serving as a resource for all interested in the subject of education for sustainability, or in the Earth Charter in education in all the Spanish-speaking countries in Ibero-America. It is hoped that this publication will inspire many to use it and replicate teaching, research and activities related to values of sustainability and the Earth Charter.

This publication is the result of cooperative ties between the Center for General Studies of the UNA and the Earth Charter International Secretariat. The Center for General Studies of the UNA has being working with the Earth Charter for many years and offers a course on Planetary Citizenship and the Earth Charter to first-year students of the university.

The original publication was launched in 2010 with the aim of contributing to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), and continues to be a unique contribution to the process of education in sustainability values within the framework of the new Education 2030 Agenda.

We invite you to read the publication, use it and promote it.

Access the book by following the links:

English version: http://earthcharter.org/virtual-library2/journal-of-education-for-sustainable-development-42/

Spanish version: http://cartadelatierra.org/biblioteca-virtual2/educacion-para-el-desarrollo-sostenible-y-carta-de-la-tierra/

Video of the launch: https://vimeo.com/297403960

Contents

Notes about the Translation, Bianchinetta Benavides-Segura

Editorial – An Ethical Framework for a Sustainable World, Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Introduction to the Special Issue – Earth Charter Education for Sustainable Ways of Living, Rick Clugston

Opinion Essays

Peace Education, ESD and the Earth Charter: Interconnections and Synergies, Toh Swee-Hin (S.H. Toh) and Virginia Floresca Cawagas

Dangers Facing the Earth Charter, Javier Reyes Ruiz

The Why and What of ESD : A Rationale for Earth Charter Education (and Naming Some of Its Difficulties), Noel Preston

Earth Charter, ESD and Chinese Philosophies, Yunhua Liu and Alicia Constable

Reorienting Education Practices towards Sustainability, Moacir Gadotti

Living in the Earth: Towards an Education for Our Time, Stephen Sterling

Going Global in Arlington, Virginia, Edgar Miranda

Articles

CREADS, A Teacher Training Course on ESD in Costa Rica, Alicia Jiménez Elizondo

Promoting the Earth Charter in São Paulo’s Municipal Education System, Rose Marie Inojosa

Forging Inclusive Solutions : Experiential Earth Charter Education, Linda D. Hill

The Earth Charter Goes Interactive and Live with e-GLO : Using New Media to Train Youth Leaders in Sustainability on Both Sides of the Digital Divide, Mike Sheehan and Jaana Laitinen

Practicing ESD at School : Integration of Formal and Nonformal Education Methods Based on the Earth Charter (Belarusian Experience), Sofia Savelava, Savelau Dmitry and Marina Bakhnova Cary

The Methodist University Sustainable Program : Using the Earth Charter to Mainstream

Sustainability, Waverli Maia Matarazzo-Neuberger and Vicente Manzione Filho

Practices of Integrating the Earth Charter into Education Activities in German Federal States of Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz, Reiner Mathar

Make a World of Difference : Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth, Hiro Sakurai

Student Research

Using EC-Assess to Assess a Small Biofuels Project in Honduras, Franklin Chamda Ngassa

The Earth Charter and the ESDinds Initiative: Developing Indicators and Assessment Tools for Civil Society Organisations to Examine the Values Dimensions of Sustainability Projects, Dimity Podger, Georgia Piggot, Martin Zahardník, Svatava Janouškavá, Ismael Velasco, Tomás Tenía, Arthur Dahl, Alicia Jiménez and K. Marie Duro.

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