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Exploring the Earth Charter for Kindergarten and Daycare in Germany

Germany Kindergarden“Many good ideas were developed”, said Alana Breščanović, Kita-Global head of projects and instructor for prospective early education teachers. Together with 31 early education students, she created ideas on how to translate the Earth Charter themes and values into practice. After the students were introduced to the content, history, and concerns of the Earth Charter they also learned about its four pillars and 16 principles. Many ideas came together when the students planned their Earth Charter action projects on how to use the Earth Charter in a playful way in daycare, kindergarten and preschool.

Alana initiated the workshop and facilitated it together with Ulrike Berghahn an Earth Charter champion from Germany. “The students were motivated and were very engaged. Unfortunately, we only had 4 hours. We could have easily spent the whole day or even a week.” reflected Alana after the students presentations. Soon the students will finish the schoolwork of their vocational training and enter the practice phase, the last year of their education. Then they can test their ideas in practice and bring education for sustainable development with the Earth Charter to their new workplaces.
90 early education students were introduced to the Earth Charter at the technical college for social welfare of the deaconesses Speyer/Mannheim in the last two years.

More project ideas can be viewed here in german here.

This article was adapted from an article previously published on
“KITA-GLOBAL” is an online platform to collect and share ideas, materials and good practices on Education for Sustainable Development for early childhood educators.


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Ethical Markets and the Green Transition Scoreboard

ethical marketsThe Earth Charter is a document. It needs people and organizations to put it into action. Read this excellent example of how the ethical framework is used by Hazel Henderson, longtime friend and endorser of the Earth Charter and author of the thematic essay on principle 7 in the book The Earth Charter in Action.

Hazel Henderson says, “We need to make the environmental ethical community worldwide much more aware of the fact that the global financial system is the source of most of the social and ecological disruption we are facing. It is time to teach your audience about the financial risks of science-denial, due to obsolete investments models still used on Wall Street and all capital markets.”

Ethical Markets Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) annual tracks private green investments worldwide since 2009. The GTS tracks Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Life Systems, Green Construction and Corporate Green R&D, representing broad areas of investment in green technologies.

The newest report shows insight in the rapid expansion of the plant-protein food sector worldwide and the wave of new scientific studies behind this shift in our global food system.  It tracks how the growing evidence of climate change disruptions, long forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): floods, fires, droughts, hurricanes and species losses worldwide, have changed public opinion toward recognizing these life-threatening events affecting most countries and the global economy.  Most strikingly, it pays attention to the extent to which financial asset managers of mutual funds, pension funds, endowments and sovereign wealth funds are still largely operating on obsolete textbook models and algorithms ignoring today’s new risks to our living biosphere and life-support systems.

The report refers to many documents bringing together important information about why the transition to science-based investing is so essential. It states that new forms of globalization should be based on the Earth Charter as the ethical compass to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Earth Charter and the Earth Trusteeship Forum

Earth Trusteeship Forum imageFrom 19 to 21 July 2019, Earth Charter International will be represented at the Earth Trusteeship Forum in Bangkok by council member Alide Roerink. She will be part of the panel session discussing the topic ‘Who owns the Earth?’ Local and global governance challenges. Visionary concepts. The panelists will introduce core concepts of their vision and highlights of their experiences.

Alide Roerink: “Earth Charter International is one of the partners to the Earth Trusteeship Forum in Bangkok, and I will participate in the Forum as resource person on behalf of the Earth Charter. Next to our EC friend Klaus Bosselmann.”

Intercultural and inter-governmental consensus on Earth Trusteeship as intrinsic in global citizenship would provide a foundation for a new economic paradigm. The recognition of “global citizens as equal Earth Trustees” addresses inequality at a fundamental ownership level, and enables integrated governance – transcending present single-minded protection of national sovereignty – towards the realization of genuine sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Earth Trusteeship has been laid out in the Hague Principles that were adopted at the occasion of “70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” 10 December 2018, at the Peace Palace, The Hague.

Earth Trusteeship: “All global citizens are equal trustees of the Earth – for the wellbeing of future generations and the community of life.”

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Earth Charter Day 2019

June 29th (3)This year we will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter on 29 June 2000. Affiliates and partners already shared information on Earth Charter Day events happening in the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, and Mexico. We would love to hear about any additional plans for this yearly celebration. Stay tuned for reports about EC Day events from around the world.

Earth Charter+20

This is also a great opportunity to remind everyone that 2020 will be an eventful year since we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Earth Charter! We want to encourage everyone who is part of the Earth Charter Movement to organize local or national events to commemorate this special milestone. Help us in showing the world the relevance of the Earth Charter in current times.

At Earth Charter International, we will be organizing a series of webinars to connect with our global community.  It is an invitation to learn about the Earth Charter and its connection to other themes such as the SDGs, Education for Sustainable Development, Extinction Rebellion, Economics and Rights. We will hold these global online dialogues all throughout 2020.

We invite you to use #EarthCharter in your social media posts.

Read about the history of the Earth Charter.

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Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development

How to teach Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship – #SDG4.7
15 January – 24 June 2020

Online Certificate 2020 early birdRegistration is now open for the 2020 Online Certificate Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Click here to apply!

The United Nations 2030 Agenda organized around the Sustainable Development Goals has a specific Goal 4 dedicated to education. Target 7 of this goal is very specific, it states that, all learners should “acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

It is clear that education plays a central role for the effective implementation of all SDGs. To accomplish this a transformative pedagogy is needed; an innovative pedagogy that informs and empowers learners to accept their role as planetary citizens who can create new ways of being and new institutions that benefit all.

The Earth Charter Education Center offers an Online Programme that features a values-oriented, holistic approach that promotes a shift in perceptual worldviews and ethical action. This six-month programme has the purpose to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship through the lenses of the Earth Charter.

This UNESCO Chair on ESD with the Earth Charter Programme will provide a space of dialogue using transformative learning pedagogical processes that respond to the new guidance and educational needs of today.

Register before 22 November and take advantage of a 10% early bird discount.

Download the Programme’s brochure.

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EC International Education Conference 2019 Report

BannerThe Conference Report for the 2019 Earth Charter International Education Conference: Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030 is now available. The Conference was hosted by the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace, with the support of World of Walas and Soka Gakkai International, from 29 to 31 January. More than 100 participants from 18 countries attended this conference and had the opportunity to share educational experiences and discuss pedagogical approaches focused on sustainable development and global citizenship.

The report summarizes the 66 presentations given by presenters from over 10 different countries. Due to this rich cultural diversity, the conference was held in English and Spanish and divided into nine plenary sessions and four categories of parallel sessions. The presenters came from different educational fields such as school education, higher education, and non-formal education. In addition, we counted on the participation of presenters from the fields of local government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and UNESCO.

We invite you to read the report to learn more about the work being done to contribute to the advancements in education for sustainable development by members of the Earth Charter Network as well as those who were new to this community.

Access the report here.

You can read more about the Education Conference here.

To view pictures of the Conference click here.

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Earth Charter International Welcomes New Team Member

Javiera picWe are happy to welcome Earth Charter International’s new Communication and Marketing Manager Javiera Gutiérrez. Javiera strengthens the ECI team as she is using contemporary communication strategies to enhance the reach of the Earth Charter and draw attention to our Center for Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter under the framework of the UNESCO Chair.

Javiera has more than 10 years of experience in journalism, communications and digital marketing. In the last few years she has specialized in communications about Sustainable Development. She worked at La Nación newspaper and was later the Managing Editor at La República newspaper. Javiera also worked as the Communications Officer at The Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA). She has a Journalism and Social Information Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile. Javiera is Chilean, Bolivian and Costa Rican.

“I am very excited to have joined the Earth Charter International team. This is a very important time for the world to embrace our movement and to get to know and put the EC in action and I am thrilled to put all my effort and knowledge to raise awareness about this. I am truly looking forward to it,” says Javiera.

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The Earth Charter in Books from Germany

Harald Lesch1German Astrophysicist refers to the Earth Charter in his new book
Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch, the famous german astrophysicist, science journalist, and member of the Bavarian Climate Council refers to the Earth Charter in his recent book “If not now, when then?: Action for a world in which we want to live”. He invites the readers in chapter “acting ecologically – how does it work?” to act according to the Earth Charter and to fill its 16 principles with life through actions. “Everyone of us can through their actions fill the Earth Charter with life, day by day.” He also calls to his readers “Let’s stop to restrict ourselves. We don’t need boarders, neither in the head nor on the world map. (…) Let’s stop to judge, let us begin to share.”

The Earth Charter made it into a German Geography Textbook
The Earth Charter was printed and mentioned in a German geography textbook within the chapter “Global Understanding and Earth Democracy – Why are Global Understanding and Earth Democracy important?”. The book also references the School Marianum, which uses the Earth Charter as a foundation, and encourages the readers to make their school an Earth Charter School as well.

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From the classroom to the whole town

Students from the Marianum School act for insect wellbeing in the town of Warburg, Germany

Thirteen ninth grade students developed ideas about how insects could feel better in their town, Warburg. The concept was created in the Earth Charter project week, themed around diversity, last summer.

On 15 November 2018 three students handed over their project results to the Mayor of Warburg, Michael Stickeln. Ulrike Berghahn represented the German Earth Charter Affiliate during the festive handing over of results.

In the report the students describe the reasons for the insect dying such as insecticides, loss of blooming plants and night lighting. The students emphasized the need for action and presented the recommendations from their project designs: the planting of blooming plants, the stop of using pesticides and night lighting as well as encouraging the consumption of organic foods are also viable in Warburg.

Warburg’s Mayor agreed to many points made by the students and invited them to join the Town’s Council Meeting where they presented again in May this year. The Town Council is currently checking the feasibility of the students improvement proposals for further implementation.

The Marianum School Warburg considers to be an Earth Charter School since two years ago and has since realized numerous Earth Charter projects. We are happy to hear about project that bring the Earth Charter to life and congratulate the students for this great project. We are also very happy to hear about the interest of Warburg town in the Earth Charter and the cooperation between the school with the municipality.

(This article is adapted from an article previously publishes in the German Earth Charter affiliate’s OIEW magazine “Initiative”)

Stundents of the Earth Charter School fight against insect dying: The mayor of Warburg Michel Stickeln supports the project results, which where presented to him by Elias Viefhues, Paul Justicz und Julius Hoffmann. Ulrike Berghahn (ÖIEW-board), the biology teacher Hans Jurczyk, as well as school headmaster Frank Scholle, are present at the handing over. Foto: NW/Anna-Lena Ryczek

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition in Zambia empowers positive change

Seeds of hope Zambia“Everyone of us can make a difference!” was the motto of last month’s three-day exhibition “Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change”, organized by Soka Gakkai International of Zambia (SGI-Zambia) in cooperation with Earth Charter International at Mulungushi international conference center in Lusaka, the Capital City of Zambia.

Nearly 1000 participants of all age groups, learned about current global issues and the principles of the Earth Charter. The exhibition pointed out our interconnection with the broader community of life and sought to empower viewers with a sense of their own potential to make a positive change. Participants were so motivated by the messages that many vowed to continue supporting the Earth Charter and SGI, and to do something over the environmental degradation after listening to the presentation of the contributing Grassroots Trust organization.

Their pledges, written on pieces of papers, were stacking on a board.  Even a nine-year-old boy pledged to help his community end illiteracy when he finishes school.
Participants left the venue asking when the next program would be held and urged COPE-Zambia to start a University Earth Charter group which they committed to.

COPE-Zambia is currently creating an Earth Charter School Network in Zambia with other schools from around the world committed to fostering Sustainability. The aim is to create an interconnected foundation of young people who are prepared for global challenges and able to live and promote the Earth Charter and its values, ethics and principles.

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