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Celebration International Earth Charter Day, 5 July 2018

On a warm summer day some 65 people from all parts of the Netherlands gathered in Doorn at Landgoed Zonheuvel. Since the Earth Charter+15 event we have been celebrating Earth Charter Day here. Participants were friends of the Earth Charter – including members of the Worldconnectors network – and special guest, among them family members of late Earth Charter Commissioner Ruud Lubbers and Shamaan and Elder Angangaaq from Greenland.36719624_1818735638216898_5040695488282624000_n

This Earth Charter anniversary was closely tied to the commitment and long standing contribution of Ruud Lubbers to the Earth Charter Initiative. At the gathering we remembered him in a few ways, to begin with by way of a dialogue on the meaning of harmonious leadership. A kind of leadership Ruud Lubbers showed to be possible. Harmonious Leadership includes the holistic vision of the Earth Charter, to summarize with the first 4 principles: 1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity. 2. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion and love. 3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable and peaceful. 4. Secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations.

In the gathering Elders and upcoming young leaders engaged in an intergenerational dialogue on the question: what it means to step up and show leadership in the face of the urgent matters of today? And what it means to embrace a sustainable lifestyle (the global Earth Charter theme for this year), inspired by the Earth Charter. The dialogue was introduced with reflections by Herman Wijffels (Worldconnector and emeritus professor Sustainability and Societal Change) and Angangaaq.

We payed tribute to Ruud Lubbers with a ceremony at the maple tree he helped planting at the occasion of 15 years Earth Charter, 3 years ago. And with the presentation of a special book with personal memories of 34 friends of the Earth Charter of Ruud Lubbers. Among them a few contributions in English by Mirian Vilela, Steven Rockefeller, Herman Mulder and Ama van Dantzig and Lynn Zebeda. The book starts with an overview of the history of the Earth Charter until today. It continues with a visionary article written by Ruud Lubbers himself in 2002 on the relevance of the Earth Charter as inspiration for global governance. The book includes the full text of the Earth Charter document (in Dutch) and the 17 SDGs, guided by a fragment from a blog by Ruud Lubbers in which he stated that The Earth Charter is the ethical foundation for the implementation of the SDGs.Photo Table of Content Book RL

Paul Lubbers, Ruud Lubbers’ oldest son, received the first copy of the book. He responded in a short speech in which he expressed the energy he witnessed among friends of the Earth Charter to continue the ideals of his father and work towards  better future. He also said that The Earth Charter deserves to become much more known to inspire and guide many more people worldwide.

See to the right an image of the table of contents of the remembrance book Ruud Lubbers, which is mainly written in Dutch. The book can be ordered by sending a mail Nederland@earthcharter.org. Please mention ‘Book Ruud Lubbers’ in the subject of your message and send us your postal address. You will receive our request to pay € 10,- plus the postal costs.

The celebration of Earth Charter Day in the Netherlands was organised by Earth Charter Friends Netherland, in partnership with SBI Landgoed Zonheuvel, Inner Sense and Worldconnectors.

This short film, made by Ayla van Kessel, provides an impression of the special way Earth Charter Day was celebrated in The Netherlands. It all happened outdoors surrounded with trees and birds at Landgoed Zonheuvel in Doorn. The celebration included an intergenerational dialogue on harmonious leadership, a ceremony at the tree which was planted at the occasion of the Earth Charter +15 event, an interactive dinner and the presentation of a special book in memory of late Earth Charter Commissioner Ruud Lubbers. 

 

Written by: Alide Roerink

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Earth Charter International partners with SERES

SERES is a non-profit organization that works with a diversity of young people with limited access to opportunities, at the forefront of climate change in Central America, empowering them to be agents of change, social entrepreneurs and leaders in sustainability capable of building more prosperous, resilient communities. Together with SERES founders, partners and young leaders, in recent years, they have trained more than 3,000 young leaders and 90 youth trainers, and have supported hundreds of community action plans run by young people using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

As partners, SERES will sponsor at least 4 young people to partake in the Earth Charter: Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics youth course. They will also introduce and use the app, Mapting, at their Annual Meeting on Sustainability. On the other hand, the Earth Charter will invite these 4 SERES youth to be a part of the Earth Charter Young Leaders programme and provide SERES with Earth Charter resources and support.

In 2015, SERES was recognized internationally after receiving the UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development. It is one of the leading organizations that addresses issues of opportunity, education and sustainable development among at-risk and vulnerable communities in Central America, cultivating and catalyzing young leaders to take action at the local, regional, national and international levels. The Earth Charter International Secretariat implements the programs and activities of the Earth Charter Initiative, with the mission of establishing a solid ethical foundation for the emerging global society and to help build a sustainable world based on respect for nature, universal human rights, social justice and a culture of peace. In partnership, they will both benefit from the participation of active youth and the creation of more sustainable communities.The Earth Charter is very excited about this partnership and is really looking forward to future collaboration.

Written by ECI Intern: Ilka Vanessa Walker-Vera

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Nicole Jirón Beirute’s Earth Charter Youth Story

Nicole Jirón Beirute became familiar with the Earth Charter in 1997 when she was 9 years old through her mother’s school, Instituto Educativo Moderno (I.E.M). She became involved with the Earth Charter Initiative at age 17 when she promoted a consultation process in the university student movement in the University of Costa Rica (UCR).  Since then she has participated in the group that promoting the Earth Charter in Costa Rica. In 2001 she worked as the International Youth Coordinator for the Earth Charter International. In the 90s, she also participated in initial activities for the organization of the Earth Charter Initiative, when she met Felícita Echeverria.

She is currently a professor at the UCR in the Faculty of General Studies, and is also a mediator certified by the Ministry of Justice of Costa Rica. Nicole has extensive experience in training processes in youth political participation after having coordinated for three years Agents of Change, a program of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for the development of youth democratic participation in Costa Rica. She is part of the Executive Management Team of the Foundation for Peace and Democracy, one of the most recognized and oriented non-governmental organizations in Latin America, which works with programs financed by international cooperation related to social conflicts, democracy, environment and migration processes.

In the following videos, Nicole explains how she came to know the Earth Charter, how it has influenced her, and how she still uses the Earth Charter today.

 

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Recycling and Solidarity Campaign in Peru #ChapaTuAyuda

Chapa tu ayuda Peru 3Rockea is an organization that aim at empowering youth in Peru since 2011. In 2018, in addition to joining the Earth Charter Global Network as an affiliated organization, they launched the #ChapaTuAyuda project, which aims to generate training opportunities in Solidarity, Recycling and Leadership.

#ChapaTuAyuda is a project based on recycling of plastic caps. The Higher Education Institute Cibertec us supporting this project, supporting students involvement in this volunteer program, and offering their facilities for training activities about #ChapaTuAyuda, Earth Charter and Rockea ©.

#ChapaTuAyuda is Solidarity. We continue working with patients affected by Butterfly Skin or Epidermolysis Bullosa disease, at the National Institute of Child Health, an institution that has been working on the subject for the last 23 years.

#ChapaTuAyuda is Leadership. Aware that many of our current problems are the product of the lack of training in community leadership, as well as the lack of tools for solving problems, we are working to start a cycle of training focused on community leaders in August 2019.

#ChapaTuAyuda is Education. We work with education institutions promoting awareness about waste management, to make people think in practical terms about how to minimize their impact on the ecosystem and how everything is related.

#ChapaTuAyuda campaign asks people to collect plastic caps with the purpose of recycling them and in turn, use them to help others, becoming a powerful tool for social transformation.

If you want to know more about #ChapaTuHelp communicate with:
Rodolfo Ponce De León rodolfo@rockea.pe

 

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“Youth Saves the Planet” ESD UNESCO Conference

As Youth Projects Coordinator for the Earth Charter International, I had the opportunity to attend the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Youth Conference “Youth Saves the Planet,” which took place from 14 to 16 May 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The conference brought together 70 ESD Youth Leaders who attended the training workshops organized under the PN4 flagship project, ESD journalists and reporters, and some Okayama Youth as mentors from over 60 countries. GAP Key Partners of Partner Network 4 (Youth Priority Action Area) and 14 facilitators from a range of countries also took part.

ESD Youth Leaders discussed about the scaling up of capacity-building activities as a follow-up of the “Education for Sustainable Development Leadership Training” flagship project, networking among the youth leaders as well as with Global Action Programme (GAP) partners, communication strategy to raising awareness of ESD and the future direction of ESD. The “ESD Leadership Training” is a project of the GAP on ESD with the support of Japan and curriculum made by the ECI.

During the conference, the youth had opportunities to attend different talks and sessions on various topics such as facilitation, mentorship, communication, video reporting, and writing. The journalists had assignments to produce stories about their experience at the conference to increase visibility of ESD through various communication outlets.

On the last day, we focused on how to build and maintain a network mechanism for this new ESD Youth Network. We used a World Café style activity around a google document, which was created by participant Femke Lootens with the help from facilitators. The result of this session was:

  • The selection of “focal points” for each region to help organize the governance & network, and to unite around their vision to “build and develop a global network of ESD leaders who drive positive change to inspire and empower local communities to further sustainable development.”
  • A slack has been set up as one form of a community wide communication channel, in addition to smaller break out Facebook and WhatsApp groups.

To close the conference, discussions and recommendations were given for the Future of ESD draft position paper, which will lay out a post-GAP vision and future action plan for promoting ESD globally and locally. The ESD leaders are currently organizing themselves into clearer roles and action areas to develop the network mechanism further. They left the conference eager to work together and to build visibility on ESD and their current projects towards building a more sustainable world.

Written by: ECI Youth Coordinator, Christine Lacayo

Photo by Yoh Xiang

Photo by Yoh Xiang

For media created during the conference:

Photos from the Youth Conference

Blog by Ghana Zribi

Article by Emmanuel Koro

A video overview of the conference created by Yoh Xiang Xiang

Video Workshop on Day 2

Article by UNESCO

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ECI volunteers give youth workshop at San Bosco School Elementary

On 31 May, the Earth Charter International in collaboration with Tierra Verde hosted a workshop with elementary school students at San Bosco School along with University for Peace students and Earth Charter volunteers. We focused on three main topics: the Earth Charter, the environment and the 20180531_082919protection of animals. We divided the workshop into three different activities. The first activity was centered around the Earth Charter, its relatability to the children’s life, and its application in everyday life and at school. The second activity was called “Tingo Tango”, a game in which we asked the students to name their favorite animals to then link them to one of the Earth Charter’s pillars and the importance of the care and protection of animals. Lastly, the third activity focused on the importance of waste management and recycling. In order to show them how to live a sustainable life, we showed the class two videos on recycling and waste management. At the end of our visit to San Bosco School, we met with the school principal to discuss the implementation of this workshop and more with children of other ages as well as the school’s faculty and staff. We are looking forward to continuing our work at San Bosco school and strengthening our partnership in order to sensitize the children of this community on the importance of taking care of our environment.

Written by ECI Intern: Ilka Walker-vera

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From Earth Charter Youth Network to Deputy Minister of Water, Seas, Coasts, and Wetlands of Costa Rica

Fernando Mora Rodríguez, Deputy Minister of Waters, Seas, Coasts and Wetlands of Costa Rica (2014-2018), met the Earth Charter in 2010 as a participant in the youth course on Youth Leadership, Environmental Sustainability, and Ethics (Youth Leadership, Environmental Sustainability, and Ethics.)

His main goal as Deputy Minister was to lead, together with other institutions, the reform and creation of public policies related to water resources, wetlands, coastal and marine areas, and developing environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive processes where welfare and human security are promoted along with the stability and health of ecosystems.

In this video, Fernando explains how the Earth Charter has influenced him in his decisions and some challenges and lessons learned during his experience in public administration.

 

For more information about our youth courses please visit: http://earthcharter.org/youth/youth-courses-webinars/leadership-sustainability-ethics-training/

Please also visit: http://earthcharter.org/news-post/ec-youth-network-deputy-minister-water-oceans-coasts-wetlands/

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New voices after 26 years of “The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes”

In 1992, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, aged 12, addressed the delegates present at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). She was the founder of the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO).

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Truth comes from children’s mouth… At times, their simple logic and unbiased observation will let us, adults, stand still and look with different eyes at the world that surrounds us. 26 years ago, a 12-year-old prompted such moment of introspection in a room full of UN delegates. Her words are relived today.

Severn and the other ECO members raised money to attend the UNCED at Rio de Janeiro, where they participated in workshops and where she gave her famous speech, asking adults to put children and the Earth they will inherit “on their priority list”. In 2008, a recording went viral on YouTube. “The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes” touched people from all over the world.

“I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you! You don’t know how to get the carbon out of the atmosphere. You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal, now extinct, and you can’t bring back the forests that once grew where there is now a desert.

If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!”

In 2017, a new generation of children has emerged. Today, parents still cannot say that “everything is going to be alright” or “we’re doing the best we can”. That is the reason why Severn Cullis-Suziki, as an Earth Charter International Council Member and now a parent herself, decided to organize a Rio 92 Anniversary video project “I’m Only a Child, but…” The video is a compilation of various children from all over the world giving a personalized Rio Speech.

Please share this movie as a reminder of the universal responsibility we, as adults, carry: secure Earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations (Earth Charter Principle 4).

Hopefully there will be a day soon that we can reassure all children on this Earth full-heartedly “it is going to be alright”.

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s reflections

Original Speech by Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Hello, I’m Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. – The Environmental Children’s Organisation.

We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to make a difference:
Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We raised all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways.

Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.

We cannot afford to be not heard. I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers.

Today we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day — vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.

Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you! You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can’t bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert.

If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!

As adults, you might have a job, an official title- you might be delegates of your governments, business people, organizers, reporters or politicians – but really you are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles – and all of you are somebody’s child.

I’m only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same air, water and soil — borders and governments will never change that. I’m only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.

In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel. In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth, afraid to share. In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water and shelter — we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.

Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told us: “I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection.”

If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy? I can’t stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favelas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.

I’m only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be! At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world.

You teach us how not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures to share – not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?

Do not forget why you’re attending these conferences, who you’re doing this for — we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying “everything’s going to be alright”, “we’re doing the best we can” and “it’s not the end of the world”.

But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says “You are what you do, not what you say.” Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown-ups say you love us. I challenge you; please make your actions reflect your words.

Thank you.

Article Written by: Femke Lootens, Earth Charter International Secretariat intern

 

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ECYL, Phat Nguyen, Starts Project to Combat Marine Debris in Vietnam

Marine Debris– Time for Action and Collaboration to Make a Change

Growing up in Vungtau, one of the well-known beach cities in Vietnam, my childhood strongly aligned with the ocean. It was a clean and safe playground for me to explore the ocean world. In addition, the ocean is home to diverse types of fish which plays a role as the main source of income and source of nutritious foods in my community and family. Having said that, the ocean has held an important place in my identity.

As our country Vietnam is growing economically and socially, a large number of people can earn more money and afford a better life. This results in purchasing more things, which can significantly help to create more job opportunities and to boost the economy. However, in my observation, their purchasing usually associates with plastics, such as plastic grocery bags. Sadly though, after using it, many people just litter them in the public areas, including the ocean. This has caused the ocean, including the beaches in my hometown, to become more polluted. According to the Ocean Conservancy, Vietnam is listed among five countries which represent over half of land-based plastic-waste leakage to the ocean. When plastic trash leaks to the ocean, it poses dangers to many marine life, including the fish which mistakes the debris as their food. Consequently, they eat the trash which results in choking or suffocating to death.  By 2050, plastic is anticipated to be greater than fish in weight (Neufeld, Stassen, Sheppard & Gilman, 2016, p. 29). People in Vietnam have become accustomed to littering and hold little awareness of the impacts it causes on the environment. This is one of the main reasons why the act of littering plastic trash prevails in Vietnam.  It is challenging to address this global problem.

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That being said, as one of the Asia-Pacific youth leaders on Education for Sustainablephat2 Development trained by UNESCO and the Earth Charter, I feel responsible for addressing this marine debris by initiating my own project in my hometown. The project is titled as Chạy Nhặt, which literally means running and picking up the trash along the ocean in Vietnamese. Although I started the project in February 2018, the project has so far received more than 100 Vietnamese and overseas participants, who are both local people and tourists. The project has focused on addressing SDG 3 – Good health and Well-being, SDG 5 – Gender Equality and SDG 14 – Life below water. I am highly aware that in many cultures, boys and girls are not allowed to play sports together. But in my project, we break down that barrier and make friends regardless their religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and race. In addition to hands-on experience, to ensure the sustainability of the project, I have hosted multiple discussions with over 250 elementary and high school students in my hometown. The project has also inspired other people, who are not living in my hometown, to clean up trash in the place where they live or visit, including inside and outside of Vietnam.

As of now, it is estimated that my project has collected over 100 kilograms (equivalent to over 200 pounds) of plastic

Clean-up event with a well-known Vietnamese rapper, Dinh Tien Dat (sitting and wearing pink outfit in the front line) and others ocean clean-up groups in Vungtau

Clean-up event with a well-known Vietnamese rapper, Dinh Tien Dat (sitting and wearing pink outfit in the front line)

trash. I have to admit that it is still a long journey ahead to evaluate if the project is successful or sustainable. However, through the project, I can give back to my community and mother Ocean, who has given me way more than I contribute to. In addition, the project enables me to show my responsibility to the future generation, who deserves the right to access clean and safe beaches. Discussions with young individuals about this topic made me feel hopeful as they have demonstrated an interest in keeping our ocean clean by not littering. I also feel a bit of shame  since they might have to solve the problem caused by our temporary generation. For this reason, I looked to facilitate the discussions in a way where participants should avoid feeling shame and instead take action.

 

Chạy Nhặt gave me the opportunity to become more empathetic towards those who still litter to the ocean. At some point, I feel very frustrated by the overwhelming amount of trash and this makes me ask many why-questions and somehow lose faith in humanity. However, I came to realize that instead of wasting my energy on negative thoughts, I should move on and inspire more like-minded people to take action and make a change. Some may criticize what my project is doing by saying that it is  a waste of time and energy since this cannot address the root cause of the problem. That might be true from a perspective of an outsider; however, as an insider who is living in Vungtau and running along the beach every morning, I witness how much marine debris is scattered across the beach. This makes me feel the sufferings of mother ocean and see the potential threat to both contemporary and future generation. I dare to take action and clean up locations where I stand in front of mother Ocean. Do you think if the world stops using plastic, will the ocean be plastic-free as it used to?

As a matter of fact, plastic litter is one of the main threats our ocean faces today. It is not the problem of any single country, but of the entire world. Therefore, international cooperation matters. Addressing the marine debris is under the scope of not only the government, but corporations, schools, and individuals. I strongly believe that every single individual can be an agent of change in this global problem by simply keeping your environment clean, and by choosing re-useable alternative products such as a tote bag, bamboo straws, or reusable water bottles.

To end my reflection, I would like to refer to one of the well-known quotes from Mother Teresa, saying that “not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”. This confirms my belief that I am not doing a “great thing” with my project but am showing my strong commitment, responsibility, and never-give-up-attitude towards a better future for mother Ocean, future generation and my community.

For further details of Chạy Nhặt project, please visit this Facebook page’s link https://www.facebook.com/runandpick. Through this reflection, I would also like to seek for collaboration and good initiatives to address marine debris. If you have experience or expertise in this field, please kindly be in touch with me by emailing me at jinfa309@gmail.com

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Discussion with high school students on marine debris

This reflection is written by Phat Nguyen, a Vietnamese scholar of the Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship Program. He is a former Earth Charter Intern as a Youth Programme Facilitator for the online course on Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics for 30 international youths. In addition, Phat was selected as one of youth leaders to the Asia-Pacific Workshop for Youth Leadership Training on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

References:

Conservancy, O. (2015). Stemming the tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean. Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, 48pp.

Neufeld, L., Stassen, F., Sheppard, R., & Gilman, T. (2016). The new plastics economy: rethinking the future of plastics. In World Economic Forum.

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Earth Day Event with the Earth Charter and University for Peace in El Rodeo

On 22 April 2018, an Earth Day Festival took place at El Rodeo Community Center, as an initiative of University for Peace students and volunteers of the Earth Charter International. Dia de la Tierra 1The event was created with the motto of “We seek a more sustainable world, together we can achieve it“. This event was endorsed by the University for Peace and the Earth Charter International Secretariat, as main collaborators in the organization and delivery of the event.

The main objective of this event was to emphasize the importance of the responsible use of our natural resources as well as the reduction plastic pollution. The benefits of the event will go to Mora Limpia y Sostenible, a project launched by students of the University for Peace, the Earth Charter, the Integral Climate Park and the Municipality of Mora to improve recycling in the Canton of Mora.

This event was organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Mora, the Integral Climate Park, Ekojunto, the Catholic Church of Ciudad Colon, the Colon Police Delegation, the El Rodeo School, SICA of Costa Rica and the Rodeo Development Association. This collaboration has enhanced the event with talks given by members of these organizations, locals of El Rodeo and Ciudad Colon, and students from the University for Peace.

Among the participants who were selling and entertaining the event were the indigenous community of Quitirrisí, students of the University for Peace, members of the community El Rodeo, members of the Association of artisans of Ciudad Colon and members of the community from Ciudad Colon, and debutants from the Miss Earth pageant. Among the musicians, we had Bianka and Faustino an instrumental duet that delighted the activity in a spectacular way, David Piconsillo who sang and played the keyboard, and a Venezuelan representative Oscar who not only sang, but also participated as master of ceremonies. As part of one of the fundraising activities for the Mora Limpia y Sostenible, a number of items were awarded as a raffle by local businesses that supported the initiative such as Ziggy Store, Memo’s Market, Buccaneers, Caribbean Jam, Charles Skinner and members of the Rodeo community.

The activity started at 9:30 a.m with an opening ceremony by Christine Lacayo, Alicia Jimenez and Mario Guell who gave the opening words and explained the purpose of the event. An elder from the Indigenous Quitirrisí Reserve blessed the land with a few words and a ceremony in order to continue the event. A Clean-up walk took place led by a local from El Rodeo and an Earth Charter volunteer. The event finished with great success at 3:00 p.m with everyone commenting on how beautiful and entertaining the event turned out.

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Written by: Xilonem Quiñonez, Earth Charter Intern

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