What is the Earth Charter document?
The Earth Charter (EC) is a document with sixteen principles powering a global movement. When you apply it to your business, school or community, you begin turning conscience into action to make all life on Earth thrive.
The EC is an ethical foundation for actions to build a more just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It articulates a mindset of global interdependence and shared responsibility. It offers a vision of hope and a call to action.
The Earth Charter document starts with the Preamble, followed by the four pillars: Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Social and Economic Justice, and Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace. It concludes with The Way Forward.
The EC enunciates the values and principles by which sustainable development can be achieved. It is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It is used as an educational instrument; as a reference and tool in the development of policies, planning; and decisions and in many other ways.
The EC powers a global movement of individuals and organizations from 89 countries around the world that have embraced the vision of the Earth Charter and use it in various ways to guide the transition towards a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.