Greenland Archives - Earth Charter

10-week Youth Online Training Course: Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics to Start 19 June, Deadline to Apply 17 May!

Don’t miss the deadline to sign up for our next 10-week youth online training programme in Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics. The course will begin on 19 June and participants will need to apply by programaWednesday 17 May! This course is designed to train young people around the world, from the ages of 18-30, on how to become active leaders in their community towards a more just, sustainable, and ethical world.

The course will offer you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills on certain themes such as leadership, ethics, sustainability, Earth Charter principles, Eco literacy, Systems Thinking, and how to successfully design and implement a workshop in your community.

Our goal at the end of the course is to successfully strengthen your knowledge and skills on leadership in sustainability, enhance your consciousness to contribute to the greater good, inspire like-minded individuals to collaborate across borders and to carry out your work in your communities, and develop the confidence to use your voice as a leader!

Alumni of this course have the opportunity to become an Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL). This programme is a year-long leadership opportunity to serve as a focal point in the Earth Charter Youth Network to mobilize and engage other young people around the Earth Charter vision and principles.

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Tribute to Henriette Rasmussen (1950-2017)

Henriette RasmussenIt is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of Henriette Rasmussen, former Member of Parliament and Minister of Education and Culture of Greenland.

As a member of the Earth Charter Commission, Henriette was very active in the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1997. Henriette was a specially warm and friendly human being. Together with Finn Lynge, she has brought light and a unique contribution to the Earth Charter drafting process, underlining the perspective from the Indigenous People throughout. Once the Earth Charter drafting process was over, she tirelessly continued to bring in the Earth Charter to Greenland, working hard in the translation and publication of materials, infusing it in radio and education programmes and projects she was involved. She was a bridge between the Global Earth Charter movement and the Inuit people and culture, especially within the Inuit Circumpolar Conference.

The Earth Charter International pays tribute to Henriette for her life. She will be missed. We are very grateful for her grace, good energy and efforts, which were not in vain, as it inspired the lives of many.

In this link you can find one of the articles she wrote.

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EC Guidebook for Teachers in Greenland

This guidebook, first developed in English, is written for teachers interested in bringing into the classroom their concerns for building a just and peaceful world. It attempts to respond to the needs of educators who feel that fundamental changes are needed in our teaching and learning processes. The Greenlandic adaptation has become the eighth version of the Guidebook available in the Key Resources section of the EC Virtual Library (click here to see)

The Guidebook addresses important questions such as “What skills and perspectives are important for my students to acquire?”, “What shared values and principles should be at the heart of education?”, “How can I incorporate values for sustainable living into my teaching?” and many others.

For the teachers striving to achieve the goals of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development the Guidebook is also available in Arabic, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and German (click here to see) 

The editor of the Greenlandic version Karo Heilmann Stotts informed that the hard copy of the Guidebook is now also being printed. It should be available in couple of months, and will be distributed to all the schools throughout Greenland, and will be available for teachers to use from the beginning of the next school year.

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Finn Lynge of Earth Charter Greenland receives an award from the government

At the end of every year, the Greenland government hands out a few environmental awards. For 2009 the government decided to recognize the efforts of Earth Charter Greenland. Throughout the past years, the Earth Charter group in Greenland has spoken out openly against the Greenland environmental policies, considering them as incompatible with the Rio precautionary principle, which Greenland co-signed with Denmark in 1992 and with the vision enshrined in the Earth Charter. The reason for this recognition is that Finn Lynge, on of the key leaders of The Earth Charter Greenland, has in many different occasions flagged the EC viewpoints and principles, and with this has championed the cause of good and solid democracy, showing that well argued standpoints have their place and should be respected in a free and open dialogue, be exchange of views even heated.

With this, the government wants to make a point out of signaling that people should not shy away from coming out and saying loudly what they feel and think, even if their opinions go against existing government policies and that a more lively democracy is highly needed.

“In matters of newly adopted mineral exploitation policies, we in Earth Charter Greenland have certainly made our position clear with regard to what the question of good management of nature ought to dictate in the situation which is ours. The least we expected was a positive gesture on the part of the government which we criticize. I feel surprised with this gesture on the part of the decision-makers, and I am obviously very happy about it.”

Henriette Rasmussen expressed the following at this occasion: “It is wonderful that Finn Lynge, who for years has been the person to be a qualified critical voice in domestic politics, is being awarded for his environmental work from the Self Government in Greenland. Besides his tireless concern pointing out publicly the need for clearer political focus on sustainable use of our natural resources, Finn Lynge has created Earth Charter Narsaq; thus being an anchor for awareness on these issues in Greenland. As an Earth Charter Commissioner, I welcome such kind of step taken by the Self Government and hope that it is a milestone for the involvement of the public, whose traditions indeed has been the sustainable use of resources. May Finn’s work among the grass roots lead a way for others in the Arctic. Big congratulations to Finn Lynge.”

The official award celebration took place on Tuesday, 8 December, in the little town of Narsaq, Greenland, where Finn Lynge lives.

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Internartional Conference on Climate Change in Greenland

An international conference on Climate Change and Sustainability took place at the small South Greenlandic town of Narsaq from April 20-23, 2008. A group of international scientists, local high school students and representatives from the local community were present and made working groups during the conference to know how climate change will affect people and animals in the region.


The local Earth Charter Group, Green Cross Sweden and WWF, Denmark sponsored the event, which resulted in the Earth Day statement. Download file

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