Venezuela Archives - Earth Charter

New publication: Environmental Urban Management Guide

Guia gestion ambiental VenezuelaThe Urban Life and Environment Research Group of Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, created the booklet called: “Environmental Urban Management Guide”. They published it in collaboration of the Environmental Commission of the National Academy on Engineer and Habitat, the Orinoco Group and Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

This publication is a descriptive manual that offer insights about environmental urban management for municipalities.  It collects information of different processes that would lead to an adequate environmental management in cities.  This Guide uses the Earth Charter as a reference, and has been distributed to municipalities throughout Venezuela.

Download this publication here (available only in Spanish).

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New book: The Earth Charter, Ecological Integrity and Social Movements

The Earth Charter, Ecological Integrity and Social Movements is a recently published book
edited by Laura Westra and Earth Charter International Director Mirian Vilela. This book offers a variety of perspectives through a collection of 19 chapters written by scholars from universities situated in different parts of the world.  It provides a series of analyses of issues of concern in terms of ecological integrity,  international law for
human rights and social movements and it relates them to the Earth Charter. The book also shows the strong connection between ecological
integrity and social justice, particularly in the defense of indigenous people. It includes contributions from both the North and the global South,
specifically from Central and South America.

Among the chapters are submissions by climate ethics specialist Don Brown, by international
law academic Klaus Bosselmann on the Rule of Law Grounded in Earth, and by Leonardo Boff and
Mirian Vilela on the social movements in Brazil. The other chapters are equally compelling comprising papers from
all over the world and from many esteemed universities.

You can
purchase the book here and see the pdf attachment at the bottom of the article to receive a 20% discount with your purchase.

These are
the book’s contents:

Prologue: Summons to a New Axial Age: The Promise, Limits, and
Future of the Earth Charter

Ron Engel

Preface

Mirian Vilela

Introduction

Laura Westra

Part 1: The Earth Charter and the Search for
Common Ground

1. The Rule of Law Grounded in the Earth: Ecological Integrity as
a Grundnorm

Klaus Bosselmann

2. The Earth Charter, the Commons and the Common Heritage of
Mankind Principle

Prue Taylor

3. Realising Earth Democracy: Governance from Below

Peter Burdon

Part 2: International Law, Ethics and Social
Movements

4. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human
Rights: Presenting the Problem as the Solution

Mihir Kanade

5. Norms For Scientific Claims Made in The Face of Scientific
Uncertainty: Lessons From the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign

Don Brown

6. What a Difference a Disaster Makes-or Doesn’t: A Comparative
Case Study of Governmental and Popular Responses to Hurricanes Katrina and
Sandy

Sheila Collins

Part 3: International Law, Human Rights and
Ecological Integrity

7. The Law of Transboundary Groundwater

Joseph Dellapenna

8. Oceans for Sale

Jeff Brown and Abby Sandy

9. Land Grabbing, Food Security and the Environment: Human Rights
Challenges

Onita Das and Evadné Grant

10. Is a Green New Deal Strategy a Sustainable Response to the
Social and Ecological Challenges of the Present World?

Eva Cudlínová

11. Frack Off! – Law, Policy, Social Resistance, Coal Seam Gas
Mining and the Earth Charter

Janice Gray

Part 4: Indigenous Voices for Integrity

12. Canadian Avatar: Reshaping Relationships Through Indigenous
Resistance

Kathleen Mahoney

13. Sharing the River of Life: The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

Jack Manno

14. Indigenous Laws and Aspirations for a Sustainable World

Linda Te Aho

15. Moving Toward Global Eco-Integrity: Implementing Indigenous
Conceptions of Nature in a Western Legal System

Catherine Iorns Magallanes

Part 5: Government Decisions, Environmental
Policies and Social Movements

16. Society, Changes and Social Movements: The Case of Brazil

Leonardo Boff and Mirian Vilela

17. Environmental Sustainability Beyond The Law: A Venezuelan
Perspective

María Elisa Febres

18. Costa Rica: The First Latin American Country Free of Open Pit
Gold Mining

Eugenia Wo Ching

19. The Earth Charter. An Environmental Policy Instrument in
Mexico – a Soft Law or Hard Policy Perspective

Francisco Javier Camarena Juarez

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Simon Bolivar University's experience with the Earth Charter

The Urban Life and Environment research group of Simon Bolivar University has been actively using the Earth Charter for various academic activities.

You can find a report with details of the activities they have developed here (in Spanish only). The following is a summary of this document.

1. Urban Planning Course for social promoters

Session: Values and Ethics with the Earth Charter

Dates: July – August 2012

Content:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • The Earth Charter
  • Earth Charter pillars (adaptation and community analysis)
  • Group dynamics or practical exercise

2. Diploma in Sustainable Development challenge for entrepreneurs and business people

Session: The Earth Charter as a business evaluation tool

Dates: May – November 2012

Objective: To facilitate understanding of the ethical and strategic focus expressed by the Earth Charter, and apply this tool in the search for innovative solutions and in promoting the values ??????of the company.

3. Course for businesses: Towards an environmental culture in businesses. Working with the Earth Charter (6 hours)

Content:

  • Ethics, leadership, and environmental business values
  • The Earth Charter: background, concepts, and scope
  • Experiences of implementing the Earth Charter in businesses and organizations
  • Principles and values to achieve an ethics of the future, using the Earth Charter as a reference

4. Post-graduate study in environment and development

Session: City and environment, pillar 2 of the Earth Charter

Dates: January – April 2012

Objectives:

Study and understand the need for people to adapt to a lifestyle more compatible with the physical limitations of cities, to help achieve cities with sustainable urban life, where indicators reflect human needs and their compatibility with the environment where they are located.

Understand the diversity of cities where different styles of life, culture, and values meet and express themselves through environmental quality, in the form of provision of services, mobility, security, and housing location preferences, all as consequence of the forms of administration and management of production of the changes in the city that in most cases are becoming triggers of urban blight.

5. Career in Urban Planning (undergraduate)

Subject: Urban Planning workshop X.

Dates: April – July 2012

Content: Technical and socio-political viability of urban plans and projects

Workshop: The Earth Charter and EC Assess

Evaluation of urban planning proposals using the Earth Charter assessment tool.

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Ecoschools Projects and the EC in Venezuela


The Research Group Urban Life and Environment (VUA) from the University Simon Bolivar in Venezuela is working with a project called Ecoschools and the Earth Charter.

Some of the activities developed were:

  • Definition of the Ecoschools model, Educating for Sustainable Development
  • Work with two schools, primary and secondary: La Unidad Educativa Abilio Reyes Ocho with 540 students and 37 teachers, located in a low-income rural area,  as well as with Unidad Educativa USB with 419 students and 34 teachers.  This school offers education to the children of workers, staff, and professors of the University Simon Bolivar and the neighbor community.
  • Workshops for teachers and students were offered to bring Educating for Sustainable Development into the classroom using the Earth Charter as a tool. Please find a leaflet in Spanish on how the Earth Charter was used for this purpose here.

The Earth Charter is considered a cross-cutting axis for all subjects, as well as the philosophy in the education of values, principles, and ethics.

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