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					The Earth Charter in Practice:
 An Introductory Workshop
         Advanced Seminar in International Environmental Studies:
 An International, Multi-Institution Collaboration of the Asia Pacific Initiative
                             December 8th, 2006
                      Presentation by Hana Heineken,
                                 on behalf of the
 Committee for Promoting the Earth Charter in Japan and the Asia Pacific


            E ARTH C HARTE R I NTE R NATI O NAL
         The Earth Charter
        A Declaration of Principles and Values
for Building a Just, Sustainable, and Peaceful World




                  From the new Earth Charter brochure

E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R         I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
         The Earth Charter …

• Synthesizes many existing international agreements

• Adds the (often missing) ethical dimension

• Provides a context for how — and why — to engage in
  sustainability work and use other tools and instruments

• Acts as a framework that unifies inspiration and
  commitment with action and implementation

• Is a ‗People‘s Charter‘, grounded in an international,
  ―massively multi-stakeholder‖ consultation process


E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
              The Earth Charter represents a Global Consensus
                          on Sustainability and an
                             Ethical Call to Action
Core sustainability values   +   Responsibility to take action   =


I. Respect for                          Protect ...
   nature                               Care ...
                                        Transmit ...
II. Universal human                     Adopt ...
    rights                              Support ...
                                        Reduce ...
III. Economic justice                   Require ...
                                        Eliminate ...
IV. Culture of peace                    Honor ...


                E   A R T H      C   H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                       The Sixteen Core Principles of
                             the Earth Charter
1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.                         9. Eradicate poverty ...
2. Care for the community of life ...                                   10. Ensure that economic activities ...
3. Build democratic societies ...                                           promote human development ...
4. Secure Earth's bounty and beauty for future                          11. Affirm gender equality ... ensure
    generations ...                                                         universal access
                                                                        12. Uphold the right of all ... to a healthy
In order to fulfill these four broad commitments, it is necessary to:
                                                                            natural and social environment
5. Protect and restore ... Earth's ecological
                                                                        13. Strengthen democratic institutions ...
   systems ...
                                                                        14. Integrate [sustainability] into formal
6. Prevent harm ... apply a precautionary                                   education and life-long learning ...
   approach
                                                                        15. Treat all living beings with respect and
7. Adopt [sustainable] patterns of production,                              consideration
   consumption, and reproduction ...                                    16. Promote a culture of ... peace
8. Advance the study of ecological
   sustainability ...
                                                                        … Supported by 61 more detailed subprinciples

                        E    A R T H             C    H A R T E R       I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                        The Charter is a Comprehensive and Inclusive
                           Definition of Sustainable Development
                                                                                                                                                   London
                                                                        Universal                  Kyoto Protocol /   UN Global    Millenium    Principles for   Make Poverty
             Earth Charter Principles                                 Declaration of   Agenda 21   Global Warming     Compact     Development    Sustainable       History
                                                                      Human Rights                     Treaty                        Goals         Finance
I. Respect And     1. Respect Earth and life in all its
Care For The       diversity.                                          (Human Life)
Community Of
Life               2. Care for the community of life ...


                   3. Build democratic societies ...


                   4. Secure Earth's bounty and beauty ...


II. Ecological     5. Protect and restore ... Earth's
Integrity          ecological systems ...

                   6. Prevent harm ... precautionary
                   approach

                   7. Adopt patterns of production,
                   consumption, and reproduction ...

                   8. Advance the study of ecological
                   sustainability ...

III. Social and  9. Eradicate poverty ...
Economic Justice
                   10. Ensure that economic activities ...
                   promote human development ...

                   11. Affirm gender equality ... ensure
                   universal access

                   12. Uphold the right of all ... to a natural
                   and social environment

IV. Democracy,   13. Strengthen democratic institutions ...
Nonviolence, and
Peace
                   14. Integrate into formal education and
                   life-long learning ...

                   15. Treat all living beings with respect
                   and consideration

                   16. Promote a culture of ... peace




                            E       A R T H                       C     H A R T E R                 I    N T E R N A T I O N A L
           The Mission of the
          Earth Charter Initiative

    The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative
    is to establish a sound ethical foundation
    for the emerging global society
    and to help build a sustainable world
    based on respect for nature, diversity,
    universal human rights, economic justice,
    and a culture of peace.




E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                 A Brief History
         of the Earth Charter Initiative
1987 -          Origins - The Brundtland Commission calls for ―a new charter
1992            or universal declaration‖ on environment and development to ―guide state
                and inter-state behavior.‖ UN Earth Charter process is stopped at Earth
                Summit; Rio Declaration adopted instead (1992)

1994 -          Phase 1 - Development and Global Consultation
2000            Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev relaunch Earth Charter as a civil
                society initiative; drafting and consultation process begins (1994); Earth
                Charter Commission created (1997); 5,000 people contribute comments

2000 -          Phase 2 - Launch and Establishment
2005            Final text approved and launched, and endorsement campaign begins
                (2000); Earth Charter promoted strongly at WSSD in Johannesburg, but not
                formally adopted (2002); local and grassroots action grows, important
                international endorsements continue (such as IUCN, 2004)

2006 -          Phase 3 - Expansion with Action Orientation
                Strategic review conducted (2005); decision taken to expand the Initiative,
                with new international centers and programs, and intent to greatly increase
                awareness, impact, and active commitment to sustainable development


         E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                 A Brief History
         of the Earth Charter Initiative
1987 -          Origins - The Brundtland Commission calls for ―a new charter
1992            or universal declaration‖ on environment and development to ―guide state
                and inter-state behavior.‖ UN Earth Charter process is stopped at Earth
                Summit; Rio Declaration adopted instead (1992)

1994 -          Phase 1 - Development and Global Consultation
2000            Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev relaunch Earth Charter as a civil
                society initiative; drafting and consultation process begins (1994); Earth
                Charter Commission created (1996); 5,000 people contribute comments

2000 -          Phase 2 - Launch and Establishment
2005            Final text approved and launched, and endorsement campaign begins
                (2000); Earth Charter promoted strongly at WSSD in Johannesburg, but not
                formally adopted (2002); local and grassroots action grows, important
                international endorsements continue (such as IUCN, 2004)

2006 -          Phase 3 - Expansion with Action Orientation
                Strategic review conducted (2005); decision taken to expand the Initiative,
                with new international centers and programs, and intent to greatly increase
                awareness, impact, and active commitment to sustainable development


         E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
The Earth Charter Commission
     … was responsible for the final text of the Charter

CO-CHAIRS
Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia                 Wangari Maathai, Kenya
Mercedes Sosa, Argentina                  Elizabeth May, Canada
Maurice Strong, Canada                    Federico Mayor, Spain
Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali                Shridath Ramphal, Guyana
                                          Henriette Rasmussen, Greenland
A.T. Ariyaratne, Sri Lanka                Steven Rockefeller, USA
Princess Basma Bint Talal, Jordan         Mohamed Sahnoun, Algeria
Leonardo Boff, Brazil                     Awraham Soetendorp, The Netherlands
Pierre Calame, France                     Pauline Tangiora, New
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Canada                   Zealand/Aotearoa
Wakako Hironaka, Japan                    Erna Witoelar, Indonesia
John Hoyt, USA
Yolanda Kakabadse, Ecuador                Kamla Chowdhry, India (In memoriam)
Ruud Lubbers, The Netherlands




 E   A R T H     C   H A R T E R    I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                 A Brief History
         of the Earth Charter Initiative
1987 -          Origins - The Brundtland Commission calls for ―a new charter
1992            or universal declaration‖ on environment and development to ―guide state
                and inter-state behavior.‖ UN Earth Charter process is stopped at Earth
                Summit; Rio Declaration adopted instead (1992)

1994 -          Phase 1 - Development and Global Consultation
2000            Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev relaunch Earth Charter as a civil
                society initiative; drafting and consultation process begins (1994); Earth
                Charter Commission created (1997); 5,000 people contribute comments

2000 -          Phase 2 - Launch and Establishment
2005            Final text approved and launched, and endorsement campaign begins
                (2000); Earth Charter promoted strongly at WSSD in Johannesburg, but not
                formally adopted (2002); local and grassroots action grows, important
                international endorsements continue (such as IUCN, 2004)

2006 -          Phase 3 - Expansion with Action Orientation
                Strategic review conducted (2005); decision taken to expand the Initiative,
                with new international centers and programs, and intent to greatly increase
                awareness, impact, and active commitment to sustainable development


         E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
               Earth Charter Endorsements

                           Earth Charter Endorsements (Institutions Only)


                       International          National
                                             Government        State/Local
                     Agencies/Bodies
                                                 1%            Government
                      Less than 1%
                                                                  17%
    Business
      9%




Academia
  15%




                                                                              NGO
       Religious                                                              45%
      Organization
         13%




      E    A R T H         C   H A R T E R      I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                                          Selected Endorsers
                       Includes over 2,500 Organizations, Institutions, Cities and Ministries

African Women‘s Development and                National Committee for International             The National Center for Youth Development,
      Communication Network, Kenya                    Cooperation and Sustainable                     Nigeria Natural Resources Defense
Arab Office for Youth and Environment,                Development, Netherlands
                                                                                                      Council, United States
      Egypt                                    National University, Costa Rica
                                                                                                Pro-Natura, Italy
Associaçao Portuguesa de Educaçao              National Wildlife Federation - NWF, United
      Ambiental - ASPEA, Portugal                     States                                    The Senate of Puerto Rico
Australian Centre for Environmental Law        The Green Belt Movement, Kenya                   The Senate of Australia
Bellagio Forum for Sustainable                 Green Cross International                        The Parliaments of Tatarstan, Kabardino-
      Development                              Grupo de los Cien, Mexico                              Balkaria, and Kalmykia, Russian
The Club of Budapest                                                                                  Federation
                                               Grupo Xcaret, Mexico
National Council on Environment and                                                             Physicians for Social Responsibility, United
                                               Instituto Paulo Freire, Brazil                         States
      Sustainable `Development, Portugal       International Consortium on Religion and
The CORE Trust, United Kingdom                                                                  Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
                                                      Ecology
Consejo Estatal de Ecología de Michoacan,                                                       Third World Academy of Sciences - TWAS,
                                               International Council of Local Governments for         Italy
      Mexico                                          Sustainability - ICLEI
Council of the Parliament of the World‘s                                                        United Nations Educational, Scientific and
                                               International Institute for Environment &              Cultural Organization - UNESCO
      Religions
                                                      Development - IIED                        United Nations University
The David Suzuki Foundation, Canada
                                               Inuit Circumpolar Conference - ICC               University for Peace, Costa Rica
Development Alternatives, India
                                               The Jane Goodall Institute                       The US Conference of Mayors
Environmental Defense, United States
                                               Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human               Vitae Civilis, Brazil
Fundación Mundo Sustenable, Mexico                    Development
Fundación Valores, Spain                                                                        The Wilderness Society, Australia
                                               Kehati, Indonesia                                World Conservation Union - IUCN
Fundación Cultura de Paz, Spain                LEAD International
The European Environmental Bureau                                                               Women & Environment Development
                                               Lenting, Indonesia                                     Organization - WEDO
The Ministries of Environment in the Nations   Millennium NGO Forum (a group of a 1000
      of Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras and                                                       World Federation of Engineering Organizations
                                                      NGO‘s)                                    World Resources Institute, United States
      Mexico
                                               The Ministry of Youth, Egypt                     WWF International
The Government of the Republic of Niger
                                               The National Center for Human Rights
Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Youth               Education, United States
      Council



                        E    A R T H           C   H A R T E R              I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                 A Brief History
         of the Earth Charter Initiative
1987 -          Origins - The Brundtland Commission calls for ―a new charter
1992            or universal declaration‖ on environment and development to ―guide state
                and inter-state behavior.‖ UN Earth Charter process is stopped at Earth
                Summit; Rio Declaration adopted instead (1992)

1994 -          Phase 1 - Development and Global Consultation
2000            Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev relaunch Earth Charter as a civil
                society initiative; drafting and consultation process begins (1994); Earth
                Charter Commission created (1997); 5,000 people contribute comments

2000 -          Phase 2 - Launch and Establishment
2005            Final text approved and launched, and endorsement campaign begins
                (2000); Earth Charter promoted strongly at WSSD in Johannesburg, but not
                formally adopted (2002); local and grassroots action grows, important
                international endorsements continue (such as IUCN, 2004)

2006 -          Phase 3 - Expansion with Action Orientation
                Strategic review conducted (2005); decision taken to expand the Initiative,
                with new international centers and programs, and intent to greatly increase
                awareness, impact, and active commitment to sustainable development


         E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
          Earth Charter International:
            Developments in 2006
•       Creation of new international governing Council, engagement of
        new leadership, staff, and strategic partners

•       Conversion of former Earth Charter Secretariat (Costa Rica) to
        Earth Charter International, an international network of Centers
        and Affiliates (authorized representatives)

•       Opening of new head office in Stockholm, hiring of staff

•       Expansion of global education work based in Costa Rica, special
        partnership with UNESCO to promote Decade for Education for SD

•       Expansion of international Youth Initiative, partnership with Plan
        Netherlands and other actors

•       Creation of Earth Charter Business Initiative, consultation
        process, initial conclusions and strategy development

    E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
             Earth Charter in Action
    A Book Documenting the First Five Years of
    Earth Charter Impacts and Action Programs
•       Authors include Mikhail Gorbachev,
        Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall, Maurice
        Strong, Princess Basma Bint Talal ...
        over 70 co-authors

•       Education resource on what sustainability
        ethics and principles mean in practice

•       Examples and case studies from all
        over the world ... from biodiversity to
        rehabilitating child soldiers

•       Moving essays on the need for the Earth
        Charter in these times

•       Entire book is free to download :
        www.EarthCharterinAction.org                   Peter Blaze Corcoran, Mirian Vilela, and Alide
                                                       Roerink, Eds. Published by KIT Publishers,
                                                       Netherlands, Released Nov. 2005.


    E   A R T H     C   H A R T E R      I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
    The Earth Charter and
         Education
  Framing, Guiding, and Supporting
Education for Sustainable Development



    E ARTH C HARTE R I NTE R NATI O NAL
            The Earth Charter and
                 Education
•   The Earth Charter has been endorsed by UNESCO and used as a key reference
    document for the Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

•   ECI has been recognized as a strategic partner to UNESCO for promoting the DESD.

•   ECI recently began a campaign to convince Ministries of Education and other
    important institutions to formally adopt both the DESD and the Earth Charter. So far this
    campaign is meeting with success; Portugal, Romania, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the
    Australian State of Queensland have already responded positively.

•   ECI is organizing and hosting the DESD launch event for all of Latin America.

•   ECI education materials are being used to help teachers integrate sustainability issues
    into curricula; this includes a general guidebook, and some specific curricula.

•   Thousands of teachers and schools have used the Earth Charter in various ways,
    ranging from early childhood education to whole Master‘s degree courses based on the
    Charter‘s guiding framework (two in Mexico).



    E   A R T H     C   H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
Earth Charter Teacher‘s Guide

• Basic guidance on
  introducing and teaching
  sustainability

• Basic guidance on
  introducing and using the
  Earth Charter

• Free to download at
  www.earthcharter.org




E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
          The Earth Charter and
               Education
Questions for Discussion

• What is the status of ―Education for Sustainable
  Development‖ in your country / community / field of work?

• What are the most important obstacles or ―missing pieces‖ in
  ESD, in your context?

• Could the Earth Charter be helpful?
  If yes, how?
  If no, why not?



  E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
               The Earth Charter and
                    Education
•   BRINK Expedition (Australia)
    http://www.brinkx.org/SchoolRoom/Curriculum/ModuleOne.asp


•   The Brink Innovative Education project
     –    provides the opportunity for students to learn from other cultures, promoting an understanding of, and a fascination
          for the complex world around them
     –    encourages an awareness of, and a respect for the natural environment, while emphasizing the students' role as
          active global citizens.


•   With the aid of modern technology the adventures of the Brink Expedition is shared with Australian
    schools through LIVE satellite link ups and regular on-line journals, complementing a professionally
    developed web-based curriculum that has been tailored specially for this global traverse.
     –    Module 1: The Brink Expedition and The Earth Charter
     –    Module 2: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
     –    Module 3: Ocean Care
     –    Module 4: Global Warming
     –    Module 5: Understanding Cultures
     –    Module 6: Fairer Trade
     –    Module 7: Endangered Species
     –    Module 8: Disappearing Forests
     –    Module 9: Indigenous Australians




    E    A R T H          C    H A R T E R                 I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
   The Earth Charter and Education

The Classic Live for the United Nations (Japan)
http://www.classiclive-un.org/mori/


History of the Project: Since 2004, they have performed environmental musicals
       around Japan based on the philosophy and principles of the Earth Charter.
Aim: To appeal to people of all ages to rethink their lifestyle in favor of a sustainable
       world community.

1)        Musashino, Tokyo 2000: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 1‖
2)        Urayasu, Tokyo 2001: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 1‖
3)        Kawaguchi, Saitama 2002: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 1‖
4)        Naha, Okinawa 2004: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 2: Our Earth Charter‖
5)        Kanazawa, Ishikawa 2005: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 3: Our Earth Charter‖
6)        New York 2005: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 3: Our Earth Charter‖
7)        Tochigi 2006: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 3: Our Earth Charter‖
8)        Ibaraki 2006: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 3: Our Earth Charter‖
9)        Kawasaki 2006: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 3: Our Earth Charter‖
10)       Yokosuka Marine Base 2006: ―Our Forest is Alive Part 3: Our Earth Charter‖




      E   A R T H       C    H A R T E R          I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
   The Earth Charter
and the Business Sector




 E ARTH C HARTE R I NTE R NATI O NAL
Earth Charter Business Initiative
                        History in Brief
•   Business was only minorly involved in the drafting of the Earth
    Charter. During that period -- from 1992-2000 -- there was less
    communication between ―Civil Society‖ and ―Business‖ sectors in
    sustainable development work. The concept of ―stakeholder
    engagement‖ was still in its infancy.

•   The inclusion of the precautionary principle in the Earth Charter
    caused the withdrawal of at least one major business group from the
    consultation process in 1997.

•   However, a number of leaders in the Earth Charter Initiative were
    also business leaders, e.g. Maurice Strong (former CEO, Quebec
    Hydro) and Ruud Lubbers (family-owned company in the Netherlands).

•   The Earth Charter received hundreds of endorsements from small
    and medium-sized businesses, and from some business associations,
    most of them ―socially responsible‖ businesses

•   To this day, however, no major multi-national corporations have
    endorsed the Earth Charter. Nor has ECI sought such endorsement.


E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R    I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
Earth Charter Business Initiative
                     History in Brief (2)
•   In March 2006, ECI began a serious of seminars and
    consultation processes. (London Imperial College, GRI
    Congress, etc)

•   ECI plans to launch its Business Initiative in early 2007
    based on the results of these consultations.

•   ECI expects to focus on:

     – Encouraging global participation in the UN Global Compact and GRI
     – Developing collaboration with the GRI for those wishing to use the
       Earth Charter in their reporting processes
     – Creating tools and processes for inspiration and training, especially
       for young leaders in business and management
     – Outreach to those parts of the world, and those business sectors,
       that have not yet embraced ―SD‖ and ―CSR‖



E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R     I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
         The Earth Charter, GRI, and
            The Global Compact
    They share similarities in origin and purpose. All are …


•    Sustainability-oriented: All seek to give guidance on and to balance
     economic, social, environmental considerations

•    Derived from international norms and principles developed and
     agreed by governments (e.g. the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

•    Globally relevant: All intended for use by all organisations, in both
     developed and developing countries, whether large or small

•    Partnership-based: All seek to engage all sectors — business, civil
     society, and public sector — from all corners of the globe

•    Voluntary: To enable greatest flexibility of use and experimentation, the
     instruments developed by each are intended for voluntary use



E   A R T H    C   H A R T E R      I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
   A Proposition Regarding How to Use
The Earth Charter, GRI, and Global Compact

•     Use the Earth Charter …
     to provide a motivating vision, a comprehensive ethical foundation,
      and a comprehensive view of global challenges

•     Support the Global Compact …
      and make the company’s or organization’s commitment to global
      citizenship — and to the international community’s common goals,
      such as the Millennium Development Goals — clear and visible

•     Do GRI-Based Reporting …
      to ensure accountability both to stakeholders and the world
      generally, and harmonize your report to include UN-based and
      Earth Charter (civil society) commitments




 E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
 4 Specific Ways the Earth Charter
     Can Be Used in Business
1.    As a simplifying and unifying platform for the complex
      array of activities now expected of companies, under banners
      ranging from CSR to EMS

2.    As a convening reference point for dialogue with multi-
      stakeholder groups about critical global issues

3.    As a tool for inspiration and education that explains the
      ethical foundations and motivates change efforts within
      companies, or supports the convening of external
      stakeholders

4.    As a stimulus for innovation for the design/redesign of
      products, services, and business models - ―What would this
      look like if it met all the conditions for a just, peaceful, and
      sustainable world?‖


E    A R T H   C   H A R T E R    I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
     The Earth Charter and
        Communities
Ethics-Based Inspiration, Planning, and
      Assessment for Long-Term
       Sustainable Development


     E ARTH C HARTE R I NTE R NATI O NAL
        The Earth Charter and
           Communities
• Over 400 cities and towns have endorsed the Earth
  Charter and more are added constantly.

• The Earth Charter is both endorsed by ICLEI, and
  referenced as part of ICLEI‘s Constitution.

• The Earth Charter was endorsed by the US
  Conference of Mayors.

• However, endorsement is only now becoming
  something more concrete and action-oriented.




E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
    The Earth Charter as an
Educational Tool for Communities
     • Defines sustainability
     • Covers all aspects
     • Builds legitimacy
     • Inspires and informs
     • Links local to global
     • Reaches from classroom to council
     • Provides a common platform for action
     • Sets the bar for performance very high


 E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                     “EarthCAT‖
Earth Charter Community Action Tool - Comprehensive
    Planning Support Tool, Available Free On-Line


 • Integrated goal-setting and planning process
 • Tied to the principles of the Earth Charter
 • Supports systems analysis, indicator
   development, implementation strategy
 • Workbook and website



               Developed as a partnership
          between Earth Charter Initiative,
           World Resources Institute, and
           Global Community Initiatives
             (Lead Partner on Application)

                                                       www.earthcat.net

E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R         I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
                                           EarthCAT is being used in two North
                                           American Cities: Calgary, Canada
                                           (“Imagine Calgary” 100-Year Planning
                                           Process) and Newburgh, USA (Master
                                           Plan).




                                                                             Newburgh, New York




    Poster from Calgary planning process



    It is also the basis for a training
    program for South African
    local government
    officials


                                                         Training photo, SA Local Government Assn,
                                                         by ECI partner Global Community Initiatives


E    A R T H        C    H A R T E R        I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
         The EarthCAT Website
• Online workbook and
  planning process, keyed to
  the 16 core principles of the
  Earth Charter

• Online database can be
  used by any community, free
  of charge, to record citizen
  input on visions, goals, and               http://www.EarthCAT.net
  indicators of progress




  E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
        The Earth Charter and
           Communities
Questions for Discussion

•    What is the current status of sustainable development
     engagement in your community?

•    Is the Earth Charter being used in that context? If yes, how? If
     not, could it be?

•    Should ECI focus additional effort on developing tools for the
     community sector? Why or why not?




E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
          In Closing,
What ECI Asks All Endorsers to Do
    Endorsement — signing a statement of support for the Earth
    Charter — is open to all without restriction at our website.
    However, ECI now encourages the practice of
    “Engagement Endorsement”, which invites endorsers to:

•   Strive to implement the principles of the Charter in everyday
    operations and activities, and regularly review progress

•   Promote the Earth Charter, through contacts with third parties

•   Contribute to the mission of the Earth Charter Initiative --
    somewhere, somehow -- whether with their time, money or in-kind
    donations




E   A R T H   C   H A R T E R   I   N T E R N A T I O N A L
     Thank you …

  www.EarthCharter.org
www.EarthCharterinAction.org
   www.EarthCharter.jp


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