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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.

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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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Ecoliteracy, Earth Charter and Education for Sustainability Workshop, Vancouver, Canada

Sit spot pb 62On 4 September 2018, a full day workshop titled: Ecoliteracy Workshop: The Earth Charter & Education for Sustainable Development as a Meta Curriculum took place in Vancouver, Canada with the purpose to highlight how pre-service teachers might bring sustainability education into their practice.

The organizers and facilitators of this workshop were three participants of the Earth Charter Education Center’s Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development: Tina Walker, Resource Teacher K-12 (School District 68 & 79); Les Malbon, Professor Sport Health and Physical Education, and Wendy Simms, Faculty Science & Technology. Participants of this training workshop were 100 pre-service teachers enrolled at Vancouver Island University in the Bachelor of Education Post Baccalaureate Degree program.

The workshop was held at the Morecroft Regional Park in Nanoose BC, Canada.  The facilitators used the outdoor location to allow the students to connect to nature and understand how nature can be both a classroom and a teacher. The guiding theme of “place” was used so that students could experience “place” as the integrating context for teaching and learning.

The  workshop introduced the First People Principles of Learning, how to honour Aboriginal worldview, and local protocol for the Snuneymuxw First Nations traditional territory on Newcastle Island, BC. In addition, the facilitators presented the Earth Charter as a global ethical framework for sustainability, and the Earth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a meta-curriculum for both an individual classroom teacher and whole school approach.

Some of the unique activities of the workshop included learning from First Nations Métis Elder ‘Auntie’ Stella Johnson about traditional teachings of the land, writing a letter to the future to a great grandchild in regards to current environmental choices, reflecting in a “nature sit spot,” and an Indigenous Medicinal Plant Walk introduction.

At the end of the workshop, students were able to describe local Aboriginal protocols, apply the Earth Charter as a framework for teaching values education, sustainability, and ecological worldview, design cross-curricular environmental education lesson plans with relevant resources, and more.

According to Les Malbon, “a significant majority of students were grateful to be exposed to this methodology and are now willing to introduce the Earth Charter, SDG’s, and transformational and experiential learning in an outdoor educational experience.”

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The Earth Charter at the International Festival of Santa Lucia, Monterrey, Mexico

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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 takes place every year under the theme “A Wave of Love for the Planet.”

The talk held on Monday, 29 October, aimed to raise public awareness of the shared responsibility we all have to care for our planet and the community of life with understanding, compassion and love, as articulated in the Earth Charter. The presentation was followed by a performance of Ecuadorian folk dancing.

This eleventh edition of the festival, held from 25 October to 11 November, featured a series of artistic performances of folk dance and music from Mexico and several other countries, as well as dialogues on topics related to the theme of the festival.

According to Lorenia Canavati von Borstel, president of the festival, the aim of the festival is to bring art to the streets and it is very aligned with the Earth Charter. She affirms that this effort seeks to “promote, through artistic expressions and dialogues of experts, the care of the planet in which we live and that we will pass down to our children.”

Ms. Vilela took advantage of the opportunity to meet with the Rector of the Universidad Regiomontana of Monterrey, an institution that adopted the Earth Charter more than 10 years ago, and since then provides Earth Charter workshops to secondary schools in Monterrey. The university organized a forum for Ms. Vilela to interact with high school students so that they learn about the Earth Charter with an invitation to get involved in this global initiative.

In addition, this visit served to strengthen ties with the Foundation Mundo Sustentable that has also worked with the promotion of the Earth Charter for several years, and with Lorena Herrera, focal point of the Earth Charter in Nuevo Leon.

For more information about the festival visit: http://festivalsantalucia.gob.mx

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Capacity building for the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica

MEP Bimodal 4The Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace is offering a training course for teachers and administration staff of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica on Education for Sustainable Development.

The course has 80 hours with a hybrid modality (face-to-face and online) distributed in 64 virtual hours and 16 face to face hours. In terms of calendar time, the course lasts approximately one and a half months.

The general objective is to strengthen the capacity of participants to reorient their education practices towards sustainability and to apply teaching strategies that promote education for sustainable development in educational processes.

The course has six modules, in which participants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about sustainable development, the current challenges of global change, delve into the concept and pedagogy of education for sustainable development, putting into practice the knowledge acquired from a practical project.

For 2018, this course will be offered for two groups, each one with 20 people. The participants are teachers and administrative staff from different parts of the country.

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VIVA Schmidheiny Awards – Entrepreneurs Competition

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The VIVA Schmidheiny Award is an annual contest that challenges social entrepreneurs and innovative organizations, helping them to strengthen the management of their projects and to scale their impact.

In its 2018 edition, they joined forces with Earth Charter International and the University for Peace, for this reason, the contest and award ceremony was held in Costa Rica at the Earth Charter Education Center facilities.

The Awards are granted in 4 categories: NGOs with Environmental Impact, NGOs with Social Impact, Companies with Environmental Impact, and Companies with Social Impact; and 2 special awards: Innovation in Collective Action, and Public Vote.

Three finalists from each of these categories (and from 10 countries) traveled to this award event to present their initiatives before an expert panel of international judges, who are in charge of selecting the winners.

The first places in each category received a prize of USD$15,000; and the second places USD$2,500. In addition to the cash prizes, each of these 12 finalists will receive a scholarship to attend the VIVA 2018 Workshop, a social entrepreneurship training space aimed at strengthening their strategies and scaling up their impact.

The finalists will also have the possibility of winning the special prize to the “Public Vote” for USD$5,000 and the special prize for “Innovation in Collective Action” of USD$2,000.
The prizes are designed with three purposes:

• Promote innovation for sustainability
• Train new entrepreneurs
• Generate and exchange knowledge

The VIVA Schmidheiny Awards are evaluated by a multinational jury, composed of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and successful leaders with experience in social entrepreneurship. On behalf of the Earth Charter International, Alicia Jiménez participated as part of the jury.

During the ceremony, there were several panels of experts talking about the topic of social and environmental entrepreneurship. The Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela, gave a talk on the role of the Earth Charter as a guide for sustainable ventures.

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Earth Charter endorsements in Mexico

Aval Colegio de Bachilleres de ChiapasThe following education institutions of Mexico endorsed the Earth Charter between May and June of 2018:
– Colegio de Bachilleres of Chiapas
– The Higher Technological Institute of Puruándiro, Michoacán
– The Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes

The Colegio de Bachilleres of Chiapas is the first secondary education institution, with more than 100,000 students, that recognizes the Earth Charter as a useful educational instrument and ethical framework to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Higher Technological Institute of Puruándiro joins the national network of higher education institutions that have endorsed the Earth Charter. More than 400 education institutions have endorsed the Earth Charter in Mexico, and have committed to generating an Institutional Program for Education for Sustainable Development.
The Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes endorsed the Earth Charter on June 7, 2018, in a ceremony that was preceded by a training workshop on the Earth Charter with officials of this educational institution. This endorsement was promoted by the Focal Point of the Mexican Earth Charter Network in Aguascalientes, Ms. Gina Ventura.

The endorsement was signed by the Rector Luis Carlos Ibarra Tejeda, who affirmed the intention that the educational programs of this educational institution integrate the Earth Charter.

Attached an article published in a local newspaper, referring to this endorsement and photos of the ceremony.

 

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Video Interview on Planning for Sustainable Cities

Earth Charter International Secretariat developed a series of video based on an interview with Gwendolyn Hallsmith in which she shares her experience on: Planning for Sustainable Cities.

Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives (GCI). She has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally.  She learned about the Earth Charter in 2001, and since then, has been an actively promoting the use of the Earth Charter in city planning processes.

She was part of the committee that created EarthCAT:  Guide to Community Development, which is a methodology that cities can use to infuse the principles of sustainability contained in the Earth Charter in their master plans.

Find the three video interview with Gwendolyn in this link:

 

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