Stories from Former Earth Charter Youth from Togo and Brazil

We are excited to share two inspiring youth stories with you from Togo and Brazil!

Meet Assouan Gbesso from Togo! Assouan was an active Earth Charter Young Leader from 2003-2009 engaging youth with the Earth Charter in Togo. He now works as a Program Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Republic of Congo and is currently in the Doctoral Program at the University for Peace focusing on Peace Education Encountering Youth Radicalization in Mali. Watch his featured story below!


Meet Gabriela Barbosa Batista, undersecretary of education and socio-environmental mobilization of the Secretary of Environment of the Federal District Brasília, Brazil. Gabriela was introduced to the Earth Charter in 2002 during the Second World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil in the presence of Marina Silva and Leonardo Boff. From this moment on, she has organized groups of young people from the NGO Alternativa Terrazul to work with sustainability projects based on the Earth Charter.

Gabriela also organized a national youth seminar with the Earth Charter at the People’s Summit at Rio + 20 that involved 3,000 young people with the presence of Mirian Vilela, Severn Susuki, Marina Silva, Vandana Shiva and Leonardo Boff.


Write us at [email protected] if you have an interesting Earth Charter Youth story and would like to be featured!