With the arrival of summer, we welcome a new partnership between Earth Charter International and Martin Luther University College in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. With both organizations working in the field of quality and value-based education for peace and sustainability, and their dedication to forming leaders and broadening worldviews, we are convinced this official connection will lead to great collaboration.
Through the partnership, students and faculty of Luther will have access to the Earth Charter materials, which they can use to implement value-creating education in their university college. Luther will use the principles of the Earth Charter for planning and creating education that contributes to the college’s vision to inspire lives of meaning and services in God’s world by inviting spirituality to accompany academic curiosity.
Luther’s Principal-Dean Rev. Dr. Mark W. Harris says, “Martin Luther University College, which is federated with Wilfrid Laurier University, recognizes the Earth Charter as a ‘global consensus statement on the meaning of sustainability, as a reference document in the development of global standards and codes of ethics, as a community development tool, and as an educational framework of sustainable development.’ ”
“Partnering with Martin Luther University College, an organization committed to make the world a better place through education, as well as to the Earth Charter,” said Earth Charter Executive Director Marian Vilela, “makes it possible to reach faculty and students and help them in their professional development to support the transition to peaceful and sustainable ways of living.”
About Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The Earth Charter provides a valuable educational instrument. It encourages to search for common ground in the midst of our diversity and to embrace a global ethic that is shared by an ever-growing number of people.
About Martin Luther University College
At Martin Luther University College, students discover a rich social and learning environment: the close-knit community of a small college, the diversity of a dynamic city, and all the amenities of an excellent university. Luther is federated with, and is the founding institution of, Wilfrid Laurier University. The academic programming offers undergraduate, graduate and graduate diploma opportunities.