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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032




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The EC as part of the curriculum of a private school in Ecuador

On December 17th, 2010 personnel from Intiwasi Foundation, EC Affiliate, carried out an Earth Chrter workshop at the William Kilpatrick College in Tumbaco, Quito, Ecuador.  The event was addressed for teachers, and thanks to its excellent results, an agreement was reached to include de study, analysis of and reflection on the Earth Charter within the College’s curriculum, as well as in other extracurricular activities with students.

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Intiwasi Foundation raises awareness about the Earth Charter in Ecuador

Intiwasi Foundation, located at Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador, is one of the Earth Charter promoters in this country and now a new ECI Affiliate. Some of the events they carried out during 2010 are the following:

In January they offered a presentation at the Center of Studies of Quito’s Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness about the Charter among friends and supporters of the Foundation. 

In March they made a presentation for businesses and NGOs at the Contemporary Art Museum – “The Bicentenary”, with aproximately 80 participants.  A workshop was also offered for the guides of the three museums in preparation for the Earth Charter exhibition that was set up. 

In April the Earth Charter Gigantographies exhibition was inaugurated at the Yaku and City Museums.


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Ecuador celebrated Earth Day with a great achievement

As part of Earth Day celebrations and taking into consideration the 10th anniversary since the launch of the Earth Charter, the people from Fundación Intiwasi invited María Pinar Merino, part of Fundación Valores in Spain, to deliver a conference/workshop on the Earth Charter for the guides of the three interactive museums of Quito Museums’ Foundation.  The event took place on April 25th where the EC video from Leonardo Boff was also shown.

Fundación Intiwasi reached an important agreement with this foundation to exhibit in the three museums these gigantic pictures of the Earth Charter principles.  This means approximately 300.000 people a year exposed to the Earth Charter. 

On April 26, María Pinar also gave a mini conference at the Church of the museum where all the personal from the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito was invited.  We had the honor of counting with Dr. Jorge Alban, vice mayor of Quito, inaugurating this event.  Dr. Alban was the collaborator of Yolanda Kakabadse when the Earth Charter consultation process took place in Ecuador. 

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