Sweden Archives - Earth Charter

World Environmental Education Congress calls for submissions

The 8th World Environmental Congress will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from June 29th to July 2nd, 2015. The Congress is an international meeting point for everyone working with education for environment and sustainable development or who have an interest in the field. WEEC 2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.

Find out all the information at the Congress website and see the attached pdf call for submissions.

Here is a video of Arjen Wals, the International Congress Chair.


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Promoting Peace and Sustainability in Kenya

In Kenya, two Earth Charter Affiliates have been collaborating:  Green Cross Sweden and Green Belt Movement (Kenya).  These two organizations are promoting peace, security, and sustainability in Kenya. This cooperation began in 2005 under the direction of the late Professor Wangari Maathai.

The Earth Charter has been incorporated in two specific projects that these organizations are implementing in the Rift Valley region: Sustainable Communities Peace and Reconciliation Project (which started in 2013), and the Smart Water for Green Schools Projects (started in 2012 and still active in two schools: Kamara and Mau Summit). 

Some specific activities of these projects include the Peace Building Councils and Children’s Peace Clubs, which are run by the local schools. 

The peace project supported the production of 3,000 copies of the Children´s Earth Charter, and 500 copies of the Earth Charter Declaration brochure, as well as 100 posters, which were utilized as training materials and information dissemination tools. The Children´s Earth Charter was disseminated throughout the schools where children were encouraged to learn the principles of the declaration by heart .

The Children’s Peace Festival is an annual celebration with young participants. The first Festival was held in Molo Town in the Kuresoi District on 21 November 2012. Never before had so many youth from the different ethnic communities in the region gathered together in the same place and in the name of peace. The event, which featured the Earth Charter, began with a parade where the children marched into the town led by the marching band from Mooto Primary School.

The Children’s Peace Festival mobilized as many as 1,189 children from 39 schools, as well as teachers, education officers, and security stakeholders in Kuresoi District, and included politicians and dignitaries from the region. All gathered together at the Wangari Maathai Peace Park in Molo Town, which is in an area that was hit hard by the brutalities of post-election violence in 2007-08. The peace event, which utilized the message of the Earth Charter, aimed to encourage children of all ages to become Peace Agents in their local communities. It also provided an opportunity for the adults representing the different authorities to sign the peace banner messages sent to the Kenyan government prior to the last general election, in March 2013.

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Earth Charter youth network wants to expand in Europe!

An example of an European Earth Charter effort:

In March 2011 the Earth Charter International along with the Earth Charter Youth Team organizes a one-day online conference to inform the European youth organizations and individual activists on the Earth Charter and its usefulness as an educational instrument when building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

So far some 100 organizations have joined the Earth Charter youth network from Europe and Central Asia. In addition, there are 16 official Earth Charter Youth and Student Groups (ECYG) in 16 European and Central Asian countries.

ECYGs are action-oriented societies, networks, or organizations that bring alive the vision of the Earth Charter in the local and/or national communities. The youth study the declaration, get inspired by it and then organize small action projects on sustainability.

Youth in Europe promote the Earth Charter by

  • organizing events where they present the declaration
  • translating the document
  • informing other organizations on it
  • training people on sustainable development and ways of living.

National Earth Charter Websites in Europe and CA:

Finland | Germany | Greece | Italy | Latvia Norway | Russia |

From the related articles below, one can see some examples of the European Earth Charter youth activism.

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Earth Charter workshop in Rework the World youth Summit

The 5th Global YES Summit – Rework the World, brought together 1700 participants and hundreds of ideas and initiatives from around the world. It took place June 2-5, 2010 in Leksand, Sweden. Theme of the Summit was: Youth – Entrepreneurship – Sustainability.

An Earth Charter session was organized by Earth Charter International Youth Facilitator on Youth Sustainability Leadership. The Summit was highly inspiring event where youth from all over the world gathered to discuss on solutions for better future. The event was a great networking opportunity for the Earth Charter youth network facilitator!

Training for sustainability leadership
The session’s goal is to support the participants to realize their role as leaders for more sustainable future and to help them to learn what the common, global values are that everyone can share. The aim is that after the session the participants are aware of the principles for sustainability and they will comprehend how those can be used as a tool on individual and organizational level. The session drives for positive change in participants’ everyday lives and creates a sense of global responsibility.

Moderator: Jaana Laitinen, Earth Charter International, Costa Rica

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