Earth Charter Young Leaders Programme

Global NetworkThe Earth Charter Young Leader Programme is an avenue for emerging sustainability leaders to build their leadership and knowledge while supporting and expanding the Earth Charter Youth Network.

ECYLs act as focal points within the Earth Charter Youth Network (ECYN), connecting with, motivating, and engaging their contemporaries to join the movement and shape a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.  These young leaders, aged 18-30, collaborate with Earth Charter International (ECI) to help create, run, and participate in courses, workshops, and webinars, design and implement media communication strategies, and more.


Meet the Earth Charter Young Leaders

cannita-meliusCannita Melius

Cannita is a public servant working within the government of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. She has received an Associate’s Degree in Quantity Surveying from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College where she graduated at the top of her class. She is currently looking into pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying. Cannita is passionate about volunteering and the environment. She is a member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network – Saint Lucia Chapter, where she currently holds the post of Vice President.  She is also currently an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) of the Saint Lucia Red Cross and a Staff Sergeant with the Saint Lucia Cadet Corps.

josephine-schrottJosephine Schrott

Originally from Germany, but now calling Vancouver, Canada her home, Josephine Schrott is helping establish a Canadian Earth Charter network, with a focus on youth & community engagement. She studied International Relations and is passionate about building sustainable communities and inspired by the Earth Charter’s holistic approach addressing humanity’s most pressing problems. As part of World of Walas, she works at Dudoc Vancouver, a centre enabling European businesses to transfer their innovations to North America. In her time off, she does local activist and volunteer work and enjoys the beautiful Canadian outdoors.

julián-arias-varelaJulián Arias Varela

Julián has a degree in Business Administration from the Latin University of Costa Rica, a Master in Applied Political Studies from the International Foundation for Iberoamerica of Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), and is currently studying Industrial Engineering. He has been active over the past 10 years in public policy development and corporate social responsibility projects. In 2010 he was named an Agent of Change of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation and in 2013 he was recognized as Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is currently Vice President of Climate Change Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America Youth (COPPPAL) and is part of the Climate Reality Project.

kelly-ngetiKelly Ngeti

Kelly, from Mombasa, Kenya is passionate about working with and for the community, particularly in the areas of the environment, peace and stability. He is a core member, volunteer, and the Regional Coordinator at Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa, a pan African NGO that brings catholic youth to care for and protect the environment. Kelly is also an organizer with the Miritini Peace Initiative which was established amid the 2007-2008 post-election violence in order to promote peace and sustainable leadership. He is a former Mombasa diocesan youth chairperson, and an actor and writer with Big Dreams Productions. Kelly has diplomas in Sales and Marketing, Journalism, and Community Development and is pursuing a degree in Development Studies.

mohammed-baaoumMohammed Ba-Aoum

Mohammed works as a lecturer and researcher in engineering/social sciences research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia. He holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and an MA in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from Arizona State University in addition to his BS in Electrical Engineering from KFUPM. In 2013, Mohammed co-founded Better Together, an organization for social service and interfaith activities in Tempe, Arizona. He has worked as a teacher and facilitator in many organizations including Saudi Scout, KFUPM volunteering unit, and the Center of Excellence in Development of Non-Profit Organizations in Dhahran.

nadine-huidsNadine Huids

Nadine studied Built Environment and Architecture with a focus in cities and cultural heritage. During her studies she learned a lot about technical innovations and sustainability to redevelop industrial buildings. Taught and inspired by Gerben van Straaten, Walas Concepts CEO, she learned how to create truly healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities. She believes in the need to enhance economic, social, and cultural values within urban settings. Driven by the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, Nadine works in the Netherlands as a Program Manager with the Walas team to develop vital and lively places for people to live.

peter-nguafac-temate-fongehPeter Nguafac Temate Fongeh

Peter is a sexual/reproductive health activist from Cameroon. He has a strong commitment to advocating for the needs of young people through promotion of laws and policies that ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms. He is Founder and Executive Director of Vision in Action Cameroon, a community-based organization dedicated to empowering adolescents on sexual and reproductive health through information and skills training to help them make informed choices. Peter holds a BSc in Community and Public Health.

rabab-hammicheRabab Hammiche

Rabab is a student of International Public Management at The Hague University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. In the last seven years, she has been participating in her local community as The Hague Youth Ambassador for Education and Youth Unemployment.  She is also the founder of the NGO Students4Students, a platform for students and by students that offers a space to start projects and obtain training.  In 2014, Rabab received a Ribbon from the Mayor of the Hague for her role in the community as a young entrepreneur. She is very passionate about ecoliteracy and non-traditional education and is an advocate for environmental issues in relation to social responsibility.

shikha-tripathiShikha Tripathi

Shikha is currently studying law at Institute of Law, Nirma University at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She interned at Kanpur Parivartan Forum where she worked on a development project which turned a slum into a cleaner and more green environment and has also worked with with the Center for Environmental Law at Nirma University in organizing various workshops on SDGs. She is presently working with F.A.I.T.H (For Aiding Individuals Tolerating Humiliation) as a facilitator to spread awareness about the SDGs.

Interested in becoming an ECYL?

The ECYL programme is a one-year voluntary commitment to serve as an active focal point in the Earth Charter Youth Network.

All ECYL must first complete the Earth Charter International online training in Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics offered annually in English and Spanish. Learn more about the programme and how to apply here:

Please contact the Youth Projects Coordinator with questions: [email protected]