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EC+15 event in Taiwan: “Reconciliation with Nature”

Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA) organizes events to celebrate Earth Day every year. This year, and in celebration of the Earth Charter 15th anniversary, TESA and other members of Earth Charter Taiwan Network hosted a three-day seminar called “Reconciliation with Nature”, from 16-18 April.

The guest speaker was Dr. Klaus Bosselmann, an Earth Charter Affiliate from New Zealand and professor of environmental law of the University of Auckland. The General Secretary of TESA Nancy Tzu-Mei Chen met Dr. Klaus Bosselmann in the events held by Global Ecological Integrity Group (GEIG). Nancy found that TESA and GEIG share many common values including the shared interest in Earth Charter principles.

Professor Bosselmann was invited to give three speeches between the 16th and 18th of April in Taipei, including:

  • Global Governance in the Age of Planetary Boundaries
  • Earth Stewardship: Building institutions of environmental trusteeship
  • Mind the Gap: State governance and ecological integrity

Although each presentations had a different focus, Klaus integrated the Earth Charter into all of the three speeches. He briefly explained the history, concepts, and goals of the Earth Charter, and the adoption of the EC by different actors in various fields.

The Earth Charter Preamble states, “The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty is a sacred trust.” Klaus reminded the participants that to achieve a sustainable future, human beings must consider themselves as the trustees/stewards of the Earth and its global commons. He emphasized, “The core of the Earth Charter is ecological integrity as a fundamental principle for global governance.”

Several well-known local scholars and experienced practitioners also presented their research and work in the seminar. The topics covered included trust funds for environmental protection, religion and community engagement, education on food and agriculture, and democracy and environmental governance, among others. In the panel discussions and tea breaks, Klaus and other speakers and participants interacted and exchanged their ideas. The 200 participants all learned from these presentations and were highly inspired by Klaus’s insights.

On April 17th, Klaus joined a learning tour to Yilan, a rural county in the northeast of Taiwan. In the morning a group of 50 participants visited the Nan-Au organic farm which was led by a pastor who works with indigenous residents. After lunch, the group went to the Green Expo in Wu-Lao River Park co-organized by the Sun Foundation, which is a core member of Earth Charter Taiwan.

Klaus enjoyed the activities, including climbing a 20-meter-high tree house and picking up mulberries in the farm. He was glad to have this opportunity to meet new friends and discover the nature and culture of Taiwan.

TESA is committed to promote the Earth Charter in Taiwan and plans to invite more friends from the EC network to share their knowledge and experiences with local people, communities, schools, and organizations.

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Activties of Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China

Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China continues to be very active in offering training programs for high school students, in the form of Conferences and support for project implementation.  

One of EC Taiwan, Province of China’s focuses is to train students to participate in Caretakers for the Environment International (CEI) Conferences. This project started since 2010, when Nancy Tzu Mei, from ECT, met Fatima Almeida, who is also an ECI Affiliate and is on the board of CEI.  Fatima invited Nancy and ECT to use CEI as motivation for students to get involved in sustainability actions.  

In 2012 ECT offered training to students from Ping-Pei Senior High School in preparation for CEI Conference.  This high school started the “Special Indigenous Program” after typhoon Morakot had destroyed numerous indigenous villages in August 2009. 

To select and train the candidates for CEI 2012, held in Maastricht, Netherlands; the school and Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China organized two workshops – ‘Introduction of Environmental Education’ and ‘ Gunter Fables and Blue Economy’; and also hosted the conference – ‘Food and Agriculture in Environmental Education’ on Earth Day.
Under the guidance of senior indigenous teachers, 44 students conducted their individual research that focus on special food from their own tribe that could be harvested from the land or collected from the forest and the ocean. At the end, five students were selected to participate in CEI 2012, under the theme: ‘Securing Food for the Future by Learning from Indigenous Wisdom’.

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Caretakers for the Environment activities and the Earth Charter

CEI – Caretakers of the Environment International is a global network of secondary school teachers and students active in environmental education.  Every year, CEI organizes an international conference in different parts of the world; they also generate education materials and national branches, which also organize additional events.

This year, several individuals involved in the Earth Charter Initiative will participate in CEI Annual Conference.   This event will take place from 03-09 July 2011 in Debrecen, Hungary.

Members of Earth Charter Taiwan will participate in this event. Among them, several indigenous students with an indigenous teacher will attend CEI Conference, and make a presentation called:  Back to the Millet Field- Reconstructing the Ancient Wisdom for a Sustainable Future.   They will talk about the Earth Charter and their work in their presentation, sharing how this document has been used in environmental education in Taiwan.

Fatima Almeida, Earth Charter International Affiliate from Portugal is the Vice-President of CEI since 2007.  She has been making the connections between the Earth Charter values and the work done during CEI Conferences.

In September 2011,  CEI Argentinian branch will organize a conference on environmental education and citizen participation, at Universidad Nacional de Lanús.    During this conference, Fatima Almeida will conduct an Earth Charter workshop.

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Report on EC+10 Taiwan, Province of China



 

Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Future

 

Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China Secretariat

 

 

Focusing principles of EC

    As an affiliate of ECI, TESA has been focusing on the following 5 principles:

4.b. Transmit to future generations values, traditions, and institutions that support the long-term flourishing of Earth human and ecological communities.

8.b. Recognize and preserve the traditional knowledge and spiritual wisdom in all cultures that contribute to environmental protection and human well-being.

9.c. Recognize the ignored, protect the vulnerable, serve those who suffer, and enable them to develop their capacities and to pursue their aspiration.

14.d. Recognize the importance of moral and spiritual education for sustainable living.

16.f Recognize that peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.

 

Background Understanding of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Civilization

Ancient aboriginal culture is a totally different sphere apart from modern civilization. It is only possible to create a dialogue between the modern and the ancient on the very premise that our world today is indeed short of ancient wisdom.

Being stable in nature, ancient cultures have little negative impact on the environment. Modern societies on the contrary, act completely otherwise. If modern civilization keeps growing at its present speed, the first problem it will face is the exhaustion of natural resources.

Taiwanese indigenous people in the past held a sacred attitude towards nature. To them, nature belongs to a sacred domain and human beings are part of nature, just like trees, birds or animals, but never ruler of nature. Humans are to follow rules of nature, observe all species and learn from them how to co-exist with Mother Nature. Human beings depend on Earth’s resources for survival and therefore they should request permission to use these resources with a humble heart. The indigenous peoples’ idea is that humans are allowed and permitted to access nature by means of performing certain rituals. Here we can see a clear difference between traditional aboriginal society and modern society.

The respect for land disappeared when humans began to think that natural resources are easily acquired and utilized. The pride of being able to overcome nature makes humans take everything for granted, so they do not think the use of resources requires permission. In the meantime, humans also institutionalized political systems, transaction rules, state machines and even laws to facilitate their desires. All these look sensible, but as a matter of fact there is no ground for justification. Human beings can’t exploit natural resources at will, but such realization only comes with the result of deficiency, extinction and pollution of natural resources from overuse.

We would be wrong to believe the life we are living currently draws on both modern and ancient wisdom. This compels us to find another possibility, which may exist in ancient aboriginal cultures, or perhaps exists in a future that we need to shape together.

The greatest catastrophe facing modernity is that humans are living in a world without soil and making judgment based on abstract written language. We sincerely hope to awaken our society to the ancient indigenous wisdom with the fragrance of soil from nature.

 

Based on the above understanding, TESA accept the invitation of ECI secretariat to host the EC+10 conference in the Asia Pacific Area, with the title of “Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Future”.

 

2010 Asia Pacific EC+10 Conference

 12-15 October, 2010, Taitung, Taiwan, Province of China

 

Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Futures

Objective: To share TESA’s effort in integrating prehistoric civilization, indigenous cultures and permaculture in order to secure the earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations with the theme of EC+10: Dialogue, Collaboration and Action. .

Conference Venue: National Taitung University

Tours: Archaeological Cultural Park and tribal villages (Bunun, Peinan, Rukai, Peiwan tribes) in eastern Taiwan, Province of China

 

Program Schedule

Tuesday October 12th 2010       

 

Opening Ceremony                                           Peiwan tribe

 

Welcoming Address                                        Hen-biau King

 

I. Earth Charter and Climate Change                         Brendan Mackey    

 

II. Towards a Sustainable Way of Living                      Tzu-chau Chang

 

III. Earth Charter and Sustainable Future                         Ella Antonio

 

IV. Earth Charter and the Declaration of Human Rights  Hsin-huang Michael Shiao

 

V. Ancient Wisdom and Permaculture          1. Peter Morehead 2. Shu-te Huang

 

Panel Discussion

 

Celebration Dinner and Entertainment                              Amis Trib

 

                 Wednesday October 13th 2010       08:30-09:00 Registration

 

Pasibubu Chorus                                             Bunun Tribe

The Vision of EC+10                          ECT President: Hen-biau King

 

VI Gift to the Modern World from Indigenous People             Da-chu’an Sun

VII Development of Taiwan’s Indigenous Communities          Yohani Isqaqavut

VIII Land Conservation and Cooperative Economics                Walis Beilin

IX. Earth Charter and Indigenous Cultures  Case Reports:

Forest Museum                                              Aliman

Aboriginal Arts and Crafts                                     Fei-yu

The Hunter’s School and Community Center                       Sakinu

Slate House and Culture Center.                              Jung-ci Liu

X. Endorse the Earth Charter                              All the Participants

Thursday October 14th 2010

 

Tour to Forest Museum of Bunun Tribe

 

Visiting Museum of Prehistory and Peinan Archaeological Cultural Park

Dinner at Youth Center of Peinan tribe

 

Friday October 15th 2010

 

Tour to the Traditional Slate House and Culture Center of Rukai Tribe

And the Hunter’s School and Community Center of Peiwan Tribe

 

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Celebrating Earth Day in Taiwan, Province of China

Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA), got involved in several Earth Day related activities and publications, including special issues of newspapers.  Information on these can be found here in this document (in Mandarin).   The following is a summary of this document’s content:
 
1.      TESA’s vision and objectives.

2.      An article in Taiwan Church News (2010/4/12-18  # 3033) “Vision for a Sustainable Future – Introduction of EC+10 in Taiwan” and its background article called “Winning the Struggle Against Global Warming” (2009/6/6) by Brendan Mackey

3.      Articles under the theme “Serving God Saving the Planet” in Christian Tribune (2010/4/16-19, 20-22, 23-26 # 3172, 3173 & 3174)

4.      “Earth Charter and Biodiversity” Presentation by Dr. Hen-Biau King (President of Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China) in the Press Conference (2010/4/22) at Taitung University

5.      Press Conference at Taipei NGO House (2010/4/22) for the publication of the book “Ecopsychology — Restoring the Earth; Healing the Mind” (Where Psyche Meets Gaia)

6. “Green Arts Festival”, celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with the theme “Go Green!” in Taipei (2010/4/24-25) Taipei

7-8. Asia Pacific EC+10 activity in Taitung, Taiwan. 2010/10/20-23

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EC+10 celebration in Taiwan, Province of China!

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Preparing EC+10 celebration in Taiwan, Province of China

Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA), Earth Charter Affiliate, has been working hard to prepare for next year’s celebration of the Earth Charter’s 10th anniversary.  They have been organizing a series of workshops for the general public, the topics are:

1. Ecological Philosophy
2. Nature Writing
3. Environmental Education
4. Green Economics
5. Permaculture
6. Ecofeminism.
7. Aldo Leopold: The Father of Ecological Conservation
8. E, F Schumacher: The Prophet of Sustainability
9. J. Baird Callicott: Beyond the Land Ethics
10. Holmes Rolston, III: The Father of Environmental Ethics
11. Paelapang Danapan: Indigenous Literature in Taiwan
12. From Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Earth Charter

On Thursday 22 October 2009, TESA participated in the 2nd Golden Autumn Earth Day, which is a national Forum on Sustainable Living that took place in Taichung, central Taiwan. In this occasion, TESA announced the plans for EC+10, and invited participants to join the celebration. 

TESA has decided to organize the 3rd Golden Autumn Earth Day next year around the EC+10 activity at Taidong, eastern Taiwan, Province of China . This event will take place on 20-23 October 2010. The topic is Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Futures.

For more information, contact TESA: [email protected]

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Research on Electromagnetic Radiation on Human Health in Taiwan, Province of China

In 8 June 2009, the Taiwan Electromagnetic Radiation Hazard Protection and Control Association (TEPCA) organized a meeting in Chi Gu Yen-Cheng village, with the participation of Hua Shin, Secretary of Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China and Alicia Jiménez, ECI Secretariat staff member. In this village, a weather-radar was installed in 2002. Since then, TEPCA has been conducting research on the effects of electromagnetic radiation (mobile towers and other sources) on the villagers, finding an abnormal increase of people with cancer and mental illnesses. 

The meeting held on 8 June was open to all the villagers, and it took place in front of a Buddhist temple.  Around 40 villagers attended and expressed their concerns about the risks they face living in the proximity of this radar. Policemen were present during the meeting, surrounding the area and taking pictures of the attendees. The government is skeptical about the results of TEPCA’s research and do not agree on the negative effects of the radar on people’s health.

TEPCA has been raising awareness about the risks of electromagnetic radiation from other sources as well, like cell phones base stations, and high voltage cables. In many densely populated neighborhoods in Taiwan, a large amount of these radiation sources can be found. TEPCA members are concerned about the risks of intense and continued radiation not only to human health, but to other living beings and the ecosystems.

Find here a complete report on the research results done by TEPCA about the negative health impacts caused by electromagnetic radiation.

TEPCA claims for having legislation with stricter standards on the level of radiation for a saver electromagnetic-radiation environment.

To learn more about TEPCA, please read the following brochure or visit their website http://tepca.blogspot.com.  If you would like to offer your support, please contact them to [email protected]

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Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China on the move

It was a rainy afternoon in Taipei on 4 June, but that didn’t stop members of Earth Charter Taiwan (ECT) and five legislators from meeting in front of the Parliament to endorse the Earth Charter.  This was one of the activities that ECT organized during the first week of June, taking advantage of the visit by Brendan Mackey, EC International Council member from Australia and Alicia Jiménez, EC International Secretariat staff member, from Costa Rica.

 

Earth Charter Taiwan is a network of individuals from different organizations who have decided to join forces to raise awareness in Taiwanese society about the importance of moving towards sustainable lifestyles, and found the Earth Charter as an appropriate means to achieve this (find here the list of members).  As one of their first activities, they decided to reach out to all legislators and seek their support in promoting sustainable development, by endorsing the Earth Charter.  Legislators are in a wonderful position to influence development policies, promote changes in government institutions and convey the notions of sustainability to the public eye. At this event, five out of 113 legislators endorsed the Earth Charter, but, the event caught the attention of local media. Therefore, other legislators got interested in learning about and endorsing the Earth Charter.   Find here an article from a local newspaper reporting on this event.

 

After this activity, ECT organized a dinner reception at the Fortress Cafe in Taipei, to officially launch the start of future activities to promote the Charter.

 

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5 and 6 June, TESA (Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association) and Earth Charter Taiwan organized two conferences that reached out to a more academic audience. The first conference, “Earth Charter and Local Action”,was held at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Many local organizations talked about their actions in environmental protection, aboriginal rights, animals’ rights, education, risks of electromagnetic radiation and other perinent issues.  At the end, the attendees discussed the prospects of promoting the Earth Charter in Taiwan.

 

The second conference was held at the National Dong-Hwa University, in Hwa-Lian.  The speakers and audience discussed the interactions between humans and the natural environment, current global challenges such as global warming, local issues, and the characteristics of education processes for the improved promotion of environmental ethics in society.  Prof. H.B. King, renowned ecologist of Taiwan and Nancy Tzu-Mei from TESA, chaired the sessions.  Faculty members from the Chinese Literature Dept of this University, one of the co-hosts, also participated. They presented their writing about nature, and explained how these works are promoting ethics of care for the environment in Taiwan’s younger generations.

 

The following days, after a relaxing visit to Taroko National Park, ECT organized several meetings between local NGOs and Alicia Jiménez from ECI Secretariat, these included:

         Meeting with the Executive Director and Legal Adviser of Taiwan Electromagnetic Radiation Hazard Protection and Control Association (TEPCA), and villagers of Chi Gu Yen-Cheng, Tainan, to discuss the problem of electromagnetic radiation.

         Meeting with Tainan Community University professors.

         Presentation of Earth Charter to the board of YMCA Taiwan

         Meeting with National Association for the Promotion of Community Universities, Taiwan Trails Association and faculty members of Yungho Community University, Taipei.

 

Earth Charter Taiwan is trying to find ways to bring the Earth Charter to educational processes in schools, and to have it included as part of the curricula of Community Universities. They are also interested in finding ways to increase civil society participation in policy-making processes, with the aim to include the Earth Charter principles in development policies.

 

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