Earth Charter Community Network

Earth Charter-Values & Principles for a Sustainable Future

Earth Charter Community Network created for those who are co-creating a sustainable future for us all!

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What Honored Members say about the Earth Charter:

Eve Spengler

"I can't think of anything more important than restoring and protecting the earth, and preserving biodiversity. It's the raison d'etre and joie de vivre all rolled into one! Thank you Earth Charter community for accepting me into your network. Peace from eVe!"



Susanne Johnson Ph.D
"Our common commitment to the Earth Charter is utterly important for the future flourishing of our Earth Home; without such a set of commitments, there will be no future for the "seventh generation." We're caught up into an escapable network of mutual interdependency and mutual responsibility. Join us!"

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Beth Johnson

"I learned about the Earth Charter Initiative when I was attending Claremont School of Theology. I was thrilled to see this beautifully written document that can serve as a global ethic that takes Earth as the context for all that we struggle with and strive for in the 21st century.

As a Unitarian Universalist minister I have had opportunities to preach on the Earth Charter, my church has sponsored 2 Earth Charter Community Summits, and I have spoken on the Earth Charter at the local community college.

It is my deep desire that the Earth Charter become more widely known, applied, and influential."

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Author of 'A Place Beyond Man" Carolyn "Cary" Neeper was raised on an apricot ranch in the east San Francisco Bay area, intensely aware of the disappearance of orchards and green hills under a carpet of houses. A Ph.D. graduate from the University of Wisconsin medical school, she is a student of no-growth economics and has taught sustainability and complexity at the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos.

"As we face the challenges of the 21st century, the Earth Charter gives us compelling guidance in how to make difficult choices and move toward a world of peaceful longevity, where integrity and respect for all living things is critical. As I complete the sequels to "A Place Beyond Man" for publication in the near future, Earth Charter is my inspiration for shaping hopeful visions of the future."

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Resource Sharing Info

If you create a graphic image, flyer, audio file, poster,…Continue

Started by EC Admin in Resource Sharing May 17, 2012.

International Day of Peace, September 21st, 2011 3 Replies

What are Earth Charter folks doing to observe Peace Day??There is a new initiative of Peace One Day, the U.K. based non profit....One Day One Dance.  Yes, it's as simple as dancing together on Sept. 21st in the spirit of Peace. It is also a great…Continue

Started by Lisa D. Parker in IV. Democracy, Non-Violence, & Peace. Last reply by EC Admin Apr 26, 2011.

Earth Charter Principle IV Reading Text

IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE13. Strengthen democratic…Continue

Started by EC Admin in IV. Democracy, Non-Violence, & Peace Mar 30, 2011.

Earth Charter Principle III Reading Text

III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical,…Continue

Started by EC Admin in III. Social & Economic Justice Mar 30, 2011.

Earth Charter Principle II Reading Text

II. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth's…Continue

Started by EC Admin in II. Ecological Integrity Mar 30, 2011.

Earth Charter Principle I Reading Text

I. RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LIFE1. Respect Earth and life in…Continue

Started by EC Admin in I. Respect & Care for the Community of Life Mar 30, 2011.

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This community network is a member controlled network that is not officially affiliated with Earth Charter International or Earth Charter organizations chartered by the Earth Charter Secretariat.   The Earth Charter Community is a network that exists for sharing, collaboration, communication, and actions that individuals and groups who work with the Earth Charter in creative and effective ways all over the planet.

The Earth Charter is a civil society document that is not owned by anyone therefore this network is a place where Earth Charter activities, programs, and projects can flourish without having to depend upon non-profit board oversight/control and solicitations for donations.

 

Content and graphics shared in this network are freely shared through Creative Commons License.

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Blog Posts

The Save Nubia Project

(In-Sync with Earth Charter principles and in need of help and partnership as an organization)

The mission of the Save Nubia Project (SNP) is to help raise national and international awareness about the pending flooding of the central areas of the ancient Kushite and Nubian civilizations in the Sudan. There are a series of dams (from the 2nd through 5th cataracts) scheduled for construction, each of which will cause the Nile River to back up and create a reservoir and flood…

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Posted by Quinton D. Crawford on July 30, 2012 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Creating Community

Many cities, towns, and other localities find ways to bring citizens together to define a community's course and to develop strategies to make it more sustainable. This section presents information on approaches and techniques used successfully in communities to involve citizens.

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Posted by EC Admin on July 29, 2012 at 8:58pm

Earth Charter Local Endorsement Kit & Activities Guidebook

Our team spent the month of May doing overtime getting the garden beds laid (seedlings in the ground) and compiling/editing a long awaited resource for this community.  As Earth Charter activists we know very well the 'I've endorsed the Earth Charter - now what?" question that most everyone has right after endorsing.  We also know how…

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Posted by EC Admin on May 29, 2012 at 12:00pm

Earth Charter process offers a model for global consensus building

As others consider how to achieve consensus on international issues, the process used by the drafters of the Earth Charter offers an example of how to solicit and incorporate ideas from civil society groups and prominent individuals…

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Posted by EC Admin on May 17, 2012 at 1:30am

More about the Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is the product of a worldwide, decade long, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It was drafted by a civil society initiative and launched in 2000.…

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Posted by EC Admin on April 5, 2012 at 1:30am

What is Urban Sustainability?

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Welcome Earth Charter Community!

The official re-launch of this network is a very exciting event and we want to thank you for being a part of this new platform that will allow all of us to connect and support each other's Earth Charter & sustainable living endeavors!  This network…

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Posted by EC Admin on April 4, 2012 at 5:30pm

Ecosystemics - Member Dan Fiscus

Consulting services page online

I just created a new page here (see list of Pages at the right) that describes my sustainability and systemic change consulting services offered. Check it out, please help spread the word, and contact me if I can be of assistance. Thanks! Here is another link to the page…Consulting Services

Starting anew

Hello, I am re-starting ecosystemics.org and have a few brief announcements to get things started. Much more detail, news and information to come soon. For now: I am available for consulting – with 20 years experience in sustainability, I offer my services to help with systemic change for sustainability in organizations, communities and for individuals I am writing a […]

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The Earth Charter-Actions & Perspectives of An Earth Child

Post 2012 - A New Beginning

Now that the epic year of 2012 has passed and the noise of the first decade of the 21st Century is quieting down a bit - just a little - many folks are ready to get down to the business of serious global transformation in their local regions because lets face it...all the information is in and it is time to act.  


So as Year One - Post 2012 (or 2013) begins a new commitment is happening in the hearts and minds of people all over the planet to really anchor in new values and principles that the Earth Charter expresses so eloquently.  The Four Pillars stand strong as we move forward and those who have ears to hear and eyes to see understand how important it is to bring the Earth Charter into the basic organizational framework of their endeavors.  


Earth Charter
Local Endorsement Kit
& Activities Guidebook
How?  The Earth Charter Endorsement Kit & Activities Guidebook is a good resource to check out for ideas.  This guidebook can be downloaded from the Earth Charter Community Network and members can add their own ideas and activities to the guidebook - it is constantly updated for this purpose of sharing.


Slow Money Movement
Implementing the principles of the Earth Charter in a business plan is also another great way to ensure that your business will align with the collective values that are emerging during this time of transition.  The days of the '5 year exit plan' are numbered as more business people are recognizing the value in a more long term approach to their ventures.  The Slow Money movement is just one example of how things are slowing down and becoming more grounded in Earth Time reality.  Investing in our future is where the biggest return and profits will be seen as we go forward.  There are so many awesome business models emerging like the 'B' Corporation that allow business people to finally be able to not only run a profitable business but also contribute to the healing and preservation of our planet through socially responsible triple (or quadruple) bottom lines.

Year One provides all of us with an opportunity for a fresh new beginning...

Earth Charter for Intellectuals Only?

Someone recently said in a meeting that I attended that they felt that the Earth Charter was for 'intellectuals'...

I paused and thought about his statement and when I asked him to elaborate he said that most of the information found online about the Earth Charter catered to what he saw as 'academia' and scholastic circles.  He also said that most of those circles bled into groups of people who he felt were 'wanna-be elites'.  

I shared with him a bit about my experiences and feelings about the Earth Charter and before the meeting ended he had taken an interest in learning more.  He said that what I shared made him feel more open to the possibility that the Earth Charter could be a powerful personal tool for growth.  

What I shared with him was this:

The Earth Charter is the first document written that covers basic values and principles for sustainable living.  

The Four Pillars of the Earth Charter can be seen like the Four Directions of an Indigenous Medicine Wheel (East, South, West, & North) and also the four parts of being human...Body, Heart, Mind, & Soul.  

The Earth Charter is a document filled with principles that need to be fulfilled through our ongoing efforts as individuals and until we integrate the concepts that these principles anchor into it is hard to see how the larger collective will benefit.  

In other words as individuals we must comprehend the intrinsic value of the principles before we can effectively communicate with others about the Earth Charter.  

For example in the first pillar (Respect & Care for the Community of Life) number 2B reads:

"Affirm that with increased freedom, knowledge, and power comes increased responsibility to promote common good."

The premise of this statement is that when someone has freedom, knowledge, or power in their world then there is an obligation and responsibility to use them for 'common good'.  To affirm this an individual can take actions in their own personal world that are based on deliberations around 'common good'.  

For example:  John gets a raise at work that pushes him into a higher tax bracket and he needs to decide how to use the new resources that are available.  He can:
  • Use the extra money to upgrade some aspect of his own material world
  • Use the extra money to help a friend who needs some support
  • Use the extra money to pay down some debt
  • Invest the extra money for his future
  • Donate the money to a local project that benefits his larger community
All of the above uses of the resources are valid and hold merit singularly, but if John wants to affirm the 'power' (=energy) that the extra revenue represents and 'promote common good' (remembering to include himself into the 'commons') he would be wise to do ALL of the above.  Most people would simply choose one of the choices or choose the ones that either serve only the self or others.   By doing ALL of the above using smaller increments of the resources John is promoting 'common good' and balancing his life in ways that align with the principles of the Earth Charter.  

He can of course evolve it from there and choose to:
  • Buy organic/fair trade clothing or products in his personal material upgrade.
  • Share the Earth Charter with the friend who needs 'support'
  • Research the 'why' of debt in our economic system and learn about alternative local economies that are currently emerging everywhere.
  • Invest in socially responsible businesses.
  • Find local projects that are geared towards sustainable living to donate to.

This was the example that I gave my associate that made him want to look deeper into the text of the Earth Charter and reconsider his previous opinion about it being for 'intellectuals only'.  

The Earth Charter is a document that can be a tool for personal growth as well as collective 'common good'. 





The Tool Kit I Wish I'd Had

May was spent writing, compiling, editing, and publishing a tool kit I wish I'd had when I first endorsed the Earth Charter.  Yesterday the 'Earth Charter Local Endorsement Kit & Activities Guidebook' was officially released to the Earth Charter Community Network members under 'Creative Commons' license.  The guidebook is a starting place that can be expanded, revised, and updated regularly.  It is my hope that the tools and suggestions can be easily utilized by present and future Earth Charter supporters/activists, sustainability advocates, and people in my generation.  

The founders and leaders of the Earth Charter Initiative worked hard to birth the Earth Charter and I feel it is my generation's responsibility to nurture and raise it in ways that make it accessible to a wider demographic and grow beyond the academia nursery it has flourished in so far.

I see the Earth Charter in 2020 being referenced and used as a standard backdrop to the systems, structures, and models that are currently just beginning to emerge within all sectors of society and culture.  I also see the Earth Charter in symbiotic relationship with local governments that by then may have evolved through necessity to be the ultimate authority and jurisdiction in civil society...the trends are definitely pointing in that direction.





Communities and Local Government 
The UK passed the Localization Act and is setting precedents that can be easily duplicated in all developed countries. 



Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age by Michael H. Shuman
Shuman, Michael H. 2000. Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age. New York, Routledge.
Localization: A Global Manifesto by Colin Hines
Hines, Colin. 2000. Localization: A Global Manifesto. London: Earthscan Publications Ltd.
Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel
Merkel, Jim. 2003. Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers.
The Essential Exponential: For the Future of Our Planet by Albert A. Bartlett
Bartlett, Albert A. 2004. The Essential Exponential: For the Future of Our Planet. Lincoln, NE: Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education, University of Nebraska.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.


- Buckminster Fuller
 
 
 

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