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Earth Charter presentation in California by Professor Sam Crowell

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On February 20, Sam Crowell presented an introduction to the Earth Charter to almost 150 people from a local community action group in Idyllwild, California. Idyllwild is a small mountain village in southern California that is surrounded by national and state forests, with snow-capped peaks rising to almost 11,000 feet in elevation. It is a community noted for its commitment to the arts and to the environment.


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The group, “Indivisible Idyllwild,” was formed to engage the Idyllwild community in an on-going dialogue around issues and policies affecting the poor and disenfranchised, sustainability, and social equality of women, LGBT, and immigrants – all impacted by the rhetoric and mandates of the Trump administration. The group’s mission is to work toward “sustainable economic, environmental, and social justice for all,” focusing first on the community and region, but also joining with others to advance these causes nationally.

Sam pointed out that the Earth Charter offers a compatible vision that emphasizes respect for diversity, care for the environment and all communities of life, a call to social and economic justice, and the commitment to peace and non-violence.  Sam suggested that the Earth Charter principles and values can offer two significant things for the group: 1) inspiration and guidance for engaged action; and 2) a planetary vision that connects what is done locally to a shared vision of peoples around the world.

Foto SamLocal efforts make a difference. When the energy of those actions is combined with a planetary vision of love, care, and compassion, then it is amplified in positive and profound ways. Finding a role for the Earth Charter in these contexts makes the Charter relevant to today’s world. “Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

For the seventh time, Sam will be co-facilitating with Mirian Vilela a master class on Education, Ethics, and Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter at the Earth Charter Center in Costa Rica, on July 3 – 7, 2017.

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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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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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UNED Spain endorses the Earth Charter

UNED endorsement Spain

The National University of Distance Education (UNED), the largest educational institution in Spain, with 250,000 students, endorsed the Earth Charter on September 26th, 2016. The endorsement was possible thanks to the support and sponsorship of Professor Maria Novo, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development of UNED.

The document was signed by Alejandro Tiana, Rector of the National University of Distance Education (UNED), and had as honorary witnesses Federico Mayor Zaragoza, president of the Culture of Peace Foundation, Juan María Alzina de Aguilar, Secretary General of the Spanish Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, María José Carrillo, president of Values Foundation and Professor of UNED, and Prof. Maria Novo. The ceremony was also attended by Esther Souto Galván, Vice Rector for Research and Internationalization of UNED, and José Luis García Llamas, Dean of the Education Faculty at UNED.

The news article published on UNED´s website deepens on the meaning of this endorsement, in the words of the Rector, and the motivational and commitment words of special guests, including Federico Mayor, who clearly and inspiringly referred to the implementation of the values and principles of sustainability, expressed: “We cannot just be observers, we must be actors.”


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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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Earth Charter Canada celebrates Earth Charter Day

EC Canada EC Day 1On June 29th, Earth Charter Canada and the Vancouver-based Walas family celebrated Earth Charter Anniversary, at Dudoc Vancouver.EC Canada logo
Around 100 people attended to celebrate, share their stories, and learn more about the Earth Charter.
The evening EC Canada EC Day 2brought together local businesses, artists, and changemakers who share the values and principles of the Earth Charter based on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Celebrations included live music, art, crafts and a mini-fair.

EC Canada EC Day 4Attendees made wishes for the Earth, and found many common themes.

The graphic below represents many of the wishes.

EC Canada EC Day 3

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Walking around the Hymalayas with the Earth Charter

Hymalaya Trek 4The Alaknanda Ghaati Shilpi  (AAGAAS) Federation, Earth Charter Affiliate in India, organized a trek around the Hymalayas, as a way to promote responsible ecotourism in the area, with the aim to boost employment opportunities for unemployed youth of the region.  The trek started in 26 June and finished on 3 July 2016.

Hymalaya Trek 6During the trek they talked and shared about the Earth Charter principles.  Another objective of this trek was to generate a report about regional flora and fauna, the people living around the area and the negative effects of forest fire.




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Workshops during the exhibit “Homage to Earth”

Taller Colegio Yurusti 29 Junio 1Taking advantage of the interesting and beautiful exhibition “Homage to Earth” at the National Gallery of Costa Rica, the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development organized two workshops.

The first workshop was held on June 28th, 2016, organized in conjunction with the Commission on Environmental Education of the National Council of Rectors of Costa Rica (CONARE).

Around 35 teachers and curriculum advisors participated, from four public universities in Costa Rica: The National University, University of Costa Rica, National Technical University and Distance State University.

Taller CONARE 28 Jun 3The workshop lasted 4 hours, during the first half of the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the Earth Charter; later they learned about an initiative that helps include the concepts of sustainability and environment in the curriculum of different careers in these universities, using indicators aimed at this purpose.

Taller Colegio Yurusti 29 Junio 2The second workshop was conducted on June 29th, on Earth Charter Day, with young people between ages 13 to 16, from the Yurusti College in Costa Rica. We offered an interactive talk about the Earth Charter and then, as we did with the adult group the day before, they explored the exhibit “Homage to Earth” using the Earth Charter.

Taller CONARE 28 Jun 2We ask them to form groups and choose one principle that called their attention, and then had them look for a work of art that expresses this principle. This activity turned out very fun, and it helped have moments of reflection on what the values of the Earth Charter express, and how art can help illustrate these concepts that are sometimes a little abstract.



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