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Radio Programme in Spain broadcasts the Earth Charter

Zero Emission, the programme from Spain´s International radio, which is the only program in Spanish dedicated to sustainability, disseminates the Earth Charter in its regular transmissions. The director of the program, Ricardo Fraguas Poole, shares his experience in infusing the values and principles of the Earth Charter in its transmissions.


By: Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Zero Emission


It is with great emotion, pride, and satisfaction that we are able to share with all of you that the message of the Earth Charter is our daily Creed at ZERO EMISSION, Spain´s International Radio program dedicated to the diffuse and promotion of Sustainability.

We cannot find a better way to begin our program than to reaffirm ourselves in what is articulated in the preamble of the Charter.

“We are one human family, with a common destiny.” “We live moments of privilege, to be able to govern in the right way our present and our future”. “Respect and protect Earth and nature, Universal Human Rights, economic justice and the culture of Peace”.

I am continuously thrilled every day, over and over again, by publicly diffusing these words and ideas, which fill our existence with meaning.

This is something I do with the intention of helping us to remember and to assume the privilege of exercising the genuine and sincere act of generous responsibility, of caring for one another, and of preserving the natural environment that gives us life.

We infuse each program in ZERO EMISSION, which I invite you to please consider as yours, the feelings and the values of the Earth Charter, along with the poem and song of John Lennon, “Imagine¨; we confirm that yes, we are dreamers. We believe and we know that we can make a better world for more people. We are not alone in this task. We are moving along. That each day we become more and more, and that we are succeeding in this task.

I am also pleased to share with all of EQUIPO DE EMISIÓN CERO1you the celebration of our first year of live transmissions as the only programme in Spanish dedicated to the promotion and awareness raising of Sustainability.  Our audience comes from five continents; they tune in through devices connected to the Internet, in Podcast version, and through frequencies in the associated stations of Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, and Spain.

On ZERO EMISSION we promote the decarbonization of industry and transport and support the actions and initiatives of the United Nations for sustainable development; as well as movements such as divestment, driven by our fellow media group The Guardian and Bill Mckibben.

You can find access and free downloading of all the programmes issued since October 2016 up to date in:

We hope and wish that all those who promote and use the Earth Charter can participate in our programme sharing your information and actions. As for us, we will continue to to the most we can with our informative work on Sustainability, in which we believe in and enjoy.

Congratulations on your work.

-Ricardo Fraguas Poole, Director of Emission Zero.



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The Call: A children’s story on the origin of the Earth Charter document

La CridaThe group ImplicaT +, from Spain, presents a children’s story about the origin of the Earth Charter document, in a very illustrative and easy to understand way aimed for children and adults. The story was created in Spain in its original language, Catalan.

 “Danger warning! The causes and effects of pollution in our environment.”

With this call begins a series of events in all corners of the world: a group of dolphins illustrates the perseverance they had in order to extend the call, as mentioned by the mother dolphin, “when we are convinced of something, no one can stop us “. The call could not be stopped, and it did not stop, thousands of voices were heard, and in 1997, the drafting of the Earth Charter document began.

The Earth Charter was developed by politicians, government’s representatives, ecologists, and people from different cultures and social status, who were conscious of the importance of doing something and taking action to change our ways of life and to become more sustainable, with the aim to preserve the future of our planet. Since then, thousands of people, governments and NGO´s have endorsed the document, expressing their interest in a better world.

This storybook is available for download at:

(Translations available in English, Spanish, French, and Italian)



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Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Course has Started and Next one in Spanish Begins 11 Sept!


Our fifth Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics online youth course in English started on 19 June. With 25 youth representing over 13 nations we are thrilled to be interacting and engaging youth from so many countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, India, Spain, US, UK, Netherlands, and Canada. The 10-week course will end on 28 August and will cover topics such as Leadership, Sustainability, Ecoliteracy, Systems Thinking, Ethics, Facilitation, the Earth Charter.

The course is being co-facilitated by Youth Projects Coordinator Christine Lacayo and Earth Charter Young Leaders, Victor Okechukwu from Nigeria and Rohdof Lactem from Cameroon.

We have some extremely inspiring and sharp youth in this course; representatives from UN Major Group for Children and Youth, 4 people from the National Union of Students in the UK, someone who is actively involved with the Agenda 21 in the Basque region of Spain, the head of a team of 8 passionate youth in Cameroon who form part of the Hope for the World Youth Association which seeks to bring hope to hopeless communities through entrepreneurship, youth capacity building programs, and someone from the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) in Washington state, a non-profit organization on a small island making sustainable communities a reality by holding land in trust for residents of the island and building affordable homes for low income individuals.

Here are some inspiring quotes from the participants with the following forum question: When you dream about a better future, what are three things you envision?

“I envision a future where all basic needs are met. No one will worry about what they will eat, what they will wear, where they will live, or if they can afford to care for their medical needs. The future I envision has no place for greedy persons. There will be perfect leadership, exacting just judgments. In this world that I envision, no one will be convicted of crimes that they didn’t commit. If someone is disciplined or charged with something, they will have to acknowledge that the judgment pronounced on them was just and well deserved. I envision a world full of peace and true happiness. I believe that with the proper leadership and guidance this future will exist for mankind. I must take the first step to be the change that I want to see.” –Quaniqua Williams, USA



“I dream of a world where people are caring towards other people and other animals whom we share our planet with- there are so many injustices towards other human beings that is it difficult to think of a time where we will respect all humans and animals on this planet with equal rights to feel safe, secure and free in our world. Also where all humans understand the true meaning of peace and conflicts and war are no longer an issue. Ultimately where people and planet can thrive and where nature can support all human and animal life on the planet and the people can respect and support nature.” – Hannah Wiseman, UK


“A future in which human rights are respected. A future in which the basic needs of each individual are covered in a sustainable way. Where the production chain, starting with the procurement of the raw material, its handling, consumption and disposal is done in a responsible way and respecting the social and environmental rights of all involved.” – Itxaso Bengoechea Larrinaga, Spain

“The three most important things for a better future for me would be reduced economic inequalities within and between communities and countries, drastic decline in diseases such as malaria, cholera and HIV in developing countries and quality/affordable basic education for all children up until the tertiary level. I believe that if the world will truly become sustainable firstly we need to educate and equip as many people as possible in a short period of time. I believe that quality education will birth solutions that will unlock other Sustainable goals.”

– Olabanji Jackson-oke, Nigeria

Our next online youth training programme will be in Spanish and will begin on 11 September until 20 November. Deadline to apply is 28 August! Email Christine Lacayo, Youth Projects Coordinator if you are interested in registering for our next course: Youthcooridantor@earthcharter.orgLSE Spanish Sept

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Mapting Photo Contest Winners for International Biodiversity Day!

Congratulations to our three winners who participated in our Mapting photo competition for International Biodiversity Day held from 12- 22 May. With so many great images, it was difficult to narrow down our top 3 favorites. We were looking for captivating images with engaging titles as well as those who used the hashtag #BiodivirsityDay.

Our winners listed below will receive a solar lamp kit from LEDSafari, which will train them on how to build their own solar lamp. Thank you to all who participated in the competition!




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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032




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Article from the University of Granada, Spain, references the Earth Charter

University GranadaAuthors Alfonso Fernández Herrería and Francisco Miguel Martinez-Rodriguez, professors of the Faculty of Education at the University of Granada in Spain, published an article titled Deconstructing the neoliberal ‘‘Entrepreneurial Self’’: A critical perspective derived from a global ‘‘biophilic consciousness”, which references the Earth Charter.
The article presents a critique of the concept of an “entrepreneur self”, based on neoliberalism and proposes an alternative reconstruction of the ¨entrepreneur self¨ from a global biophilic consciousness.
This text aims to shed light on the background of neoliberalism and the basic characteristics that underlie its approach to the ‘‘Entrepreneurial Self.’’ The neoliberal economy, and the concept of entrepreneurship which is driven by it, is defined by a range of perspectives which build its epistemology and explain its current development.
The authors consider that it is important to make a critical deconstruction in order to offer an alternative to the neoliberal entrepreneurial self. This alternative involves a new identity. It is reconstructed as a revolutionary, empathic, and global communication technology from the ‘‘Internet of Things’’, and is consistent with a worldview that makes sense of it.
As a result of this review, we propose to reconceive the ‘‘Entrepreneurial Self’’ as a new critical reconstruction of our identity, which empathetically reconnects us with nature, as well as with the whole community of life. This stems from an ethics of care, the value of sharing, and the development of those interdependent networks which constitute our global ‘‘biophilic consciousness.’’ Each of these elements is far removed from the predatory culture of the neoliberal model.
The article references the Earth Charter in several occasions:
• ¨From an economy that makes nature invisible and fosters deep social inequalities to a truly sustainable economy based on the ethics of care (Earth Charter).¨ – pg. 320
• ¨As a declaration of fundamental ethical principles and as a universal code of behavior for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society, the Earth Charter was conceived in line with structuring sustainable development around the ethics of care, justice, and peace.¨ – pg. 321
• ¨The original purpose of the Earth Charter Initiative (2000) was to create a ‘‘soft law’’ document (Rockefeller, 1996) to collect four of the fundamental principles of the new emerging ethics concerning human rights, peace, economic equity, environmental protection, and sustainable living. ‘‘A [. . .] important factor that underpins the Earth Charter’s authority is the fact that it is grounded in established international law’’ (Bernstein, 2007: 6), which does not exempt it from being a ‘‘soft law.’’ It is an ethical call to action, thus becoming a unifying platform for change.¨- pg. 322
The full article can be downloaded in this link (available in English and Spanish).
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New Earth Charter Affiliate shares educational materials with us

Carta-Tierra-Braille-SpainThe Implica’t + group is the newest Earth Charter Initiative affiliate. This is a group of 55 teachers in the region of Catalonia, Spain, that use the Earth Charter in their classrooms, representing 41 schools.

The coordinator of this group, Maria del Mar Lluelles, has provided us the following links where you can find the information on the materials in Castilian that Implíca’t + has developed, to be used in the classroom:
 A more complete information can be found at this link, in Catalan.
One very important material that they have created is the version of the Earth Charter, in Castilian and Catalan, in Braille.
The excellent work of this group has awarded them two prizes: The Impulse Foundation prize as best educational innovation project, and the first Federico Mayor Zaragoza price in the category of Education.
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Conference on Common Good, Ethics, and Values took place in Spain

Congreso Fundacion Valores EspañaOn April 23rd and 24th the Conference ¨Common Good, Ethics, and Values¨ took place in Europa Congress Palace Vitoria, Spain, organized by Fundación Valores in collaboration with Asociación PlanBIKO and the City Hall of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The Conference is part of the project ¨Utopias for a better world¨, and its common thread was the Earth Charter, which was highlighted in the speech of María José Carrillo, Fundación Valores President. The text of the Charter was also present in the conference room in a large roller.

Two hundred people participated from different parts of Spain. They listened, discussed, participated and were very excited in all the different sessions. One of the reflections that emerged was that the world is the opposite of how it should be, and that we can and must do something for it to be able to regain its natural, social and cultural harmony. Speakers included leading experts such as Paco Álvarez, Diego Isabel La Moneda, José Esquinas, Juan Torres, Arturo Boyra, Javier Goikoetxea, Fidel Delgado and María Pinar Merino.

Organizadoras-Congreso-Fundacion-Valores-EspañaThe presenters described the distortion currently suffered in the economy, the loss of values and possible alternatives to remedy the planet´s situation, which they consider its sailing aimlessly because no one knows where the socio-economic model is leading us, but it seems to be moving away from the horizon of happiness that we as a species aspire to achieve.

More information on this congress can be found in this article by  Revista Tendencias 21

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The University of Leon, Spain, endorsed the Earth Charter

The rector of the University of León (ULE), Jose Angel Hermida, officially endorsed the Earth Charter on October 16, 2015 on behalf of this University. According to the Rector, this endorsement is part of the institution’s commitment to position ULE “at the forefront of global change”.

The Rector noted, after signing the endorsement, “We will share with the Rectors of Spanish universities, that are part of the Rectors’ Conference (CRUE), the importance of endorsing and committing to the Earth Charter”.

In the event, held at the Sala Gordon Ordaz of El Albéitar, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the Culture of Peace Foundation, Maria Novo, head of the UNESCO Chair on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development of UNED, and Pepa Carrillo, President of Values Foundation acted as witnesses.

The Rector recalled that the University of Leon has a Green Office that promotes sustainability, although he pointed out that increased awareness is still needed from the education sector, which in his opinion is the key source from which the University must act.

A new beginning

Mayor Zaragoza, insisted that universities are placed at the forefront of changes that are occurring rapidly worldwide, and therefore it is a time for “a new beginning”.

Mayor also noted that one of the best possible ethical frameworks – the Earth Charter- is available, but “we have not used it as much as we should have” and in the future “it may be too late to put it in practice,” since there are irreversible processes that could lead to situations of no return that could prevent the habitability of the Earth. Therefore, he advocated that this document should become “a benchmark in education” to help people learn the importance of “being more, not having more,” he said.

In her address, Professor of Environmental Education and Sustainable Development María Novo showed that this endorsement implies an adherence to a commitment that can help change “the way we teach and educate the whole fabric of knowledge”, as it is a commitment that “calls all human beings to a paradigm shift which is a change in our worldview” to stop seeing each other “as dominators but see ourselves as part of nature.”

Finally, the President of Values Foundation, Pepa Carrillo, who also participated in this event, offered her thoughts. She said that it is “an opportunity” to work for a better world “from the wealthy neighborhood of the Earth, when 80 percent of the people live in the poor neighborhood”. For this, she said, we have an ethical framework that encompasses the rights of the planet in a process that is “open to all human beings”.

Thousands of endorsements

The Earth Charter is an inspirational document that seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the welfare of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.

So far more than 6,000 organizations have given their explicit support and commitment to the Earth Charter, with many direct personal endorsements, forming a global support network of millions of people.

The Earth Charter is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and to celebrate this event Values Foundation and the University of Leon organized the Forum “Pale Blue Dot”, which took place on the 16th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th of October. The ULE endorsement took place in the framework of this event.

More information (in Spanish)

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An interesting educational project called Engage + with the Earth Charter

María del Mar Lluelles
, from Lleida, Spain, is a member of the project Engage+ with the Earth Charter and is also part of the Earth Charter volunteer network.

Engage + is a project in which 43 teachers of Lleida participated who have created teaching materials related to ethics and sustainability. You can learn more about this project here.

Recently, the Engage + project won the award for the best project offered by the Impuls Foundation. The jury selected it because of its use of ICTs and its applicability for all ages, but especially because it is a project that has involved the participation of many teachers and is being implemented in various centers in the province of Lleida. For more information, visit this link.

Knowing all this work that María del Mar and her colleagues in Lleida are doing, ECI conducted an interview with her to learn more about the group’s motivation to work voluntarily to promote the Earth Charter and implement ethical principles towards sustainable lifestyles.

1. What motivated you and your colleagues to create the Engage + project with the Earth Charter?

Engage+ with the Earth Charter is a crosscutting project that aims to educate towards changing current social and environmental behaviors. It also aims to educate emotionally and foster a culture of peace and respect. We are moved by the ethical, social, and educational commitment for a decent future for all.

Depending on the education level you want to target, different points of the Charter are addressed. For example, with children of the first cycle (0-6 years), we work on aspects of Pillar II (Ecological Integrity) with the students of Primary Education (6-12 years), in addition to the above we also work on aspects of Pillar I (Respect and Care for the community of life), and in some sections of Pillar III (Social and Economic Justice, principles 9 and 12, especially, and with students in Secondary Education (12-18 years), all the principles of the Charter, giving emphasis to the knowledge and appreciation of Pillar IV-Democracy, nonviolence, and peace.

The Engage + project with the Earth Charter can work throughout the school year or at a particular time if it is intended to perform only one of the many activities offered. Certain actions are designed to be performed in a few sessions and others require implementation over time, depending on the interests and motivations of the group.

The project offers a wide range of activities to influence the various curricular areas, whether the natural and social sciences, language, through plastic arts, mathematics, technology, etc. To achieve this, different methodologies are used (work dossiers, file cards, games, stories, handicrafts, photo galleries, learning technology and knowledge (LTK) educational proposals such as: activities with interactive whiteboard, treasure hunts, webquests, JCLIC (interactive games using java platform), symbaloos, wikis, blogs, etc.).

The underlying idea is clear: we all have to seek alternatives and to call for action regarding awareness on “global ethics”, a commitment to ourselves, other people, and nature.

The project started in 2011-2012 thanks to the contributions of 27 authors, an excellent team of teachers from all across Catalonia. All of them spent many hours of their free time, weekends, and summer holidays to create educational materials that helped introduce the idea of solidarity in schools and high schools. Materials were developed with the objective to increase students’ awareness of the world they live in, social differences, and the need to work together to improve our human environment .

Over the next two years (2012-13 and 2013-14), the group continued to work on the project and complemented it with contributions of a wide range of new features, among which included the expansion of the team.

Currently, during 2015-16, there are 42 teachers working together to bring about the idea of social awareness to other areas or principles contained in The Earth Charter, such as environmental conservation or actions to ensure that our world will become more dignified, more livable and, ultimately, a better world.

2. How has it helped you be part of the Earth Charter volunteers’ network?

I enrolled in the volunteers’ network to present our project: to create a network of solidarity schools in which all centers can collaborate by contributing their experiences and/or sharing teaching materials.

3. What has been the biggest incentive that you have had to continue this work with the EC?

Thanks to an interesting lecture by Federico Mayor Zaragoza, I discovered the Earth Charter document, which inspired us to develop many of the educational materials posted on the web, since it can work in all areas and at all educational levels. No doubt this has been the greatest incentive to continue working on the project Engage +.

ECI wants to extend our gratitude to María del Mar and her colleagues for their wonderful efforts to promote a more sustainable, just and peaceful world.

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