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Earth Charter-Values & Principles for a Sustainable Future

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.

  • Community Visioning   ( 73 Articles )
    A community must develop a vision in order to address sustainability. A community visioning process can often provide guidance for citizens who are unclear about a future course. This section identifies alternative approaches and resources that can assist the visioning process.
  • Inventories and Indicators   ( 57 Articles )
    Preparation of a community resource inventory and the identification of local indicators are important in order to measure progress toward sustainability. Here are examples of what communities are doing.
  • Building Partnerships   ( 123 Articles )
    Innovative and constructive partnerships between different sectors and interests often provide significant progress toward creating sustainability. Partnerships may evolve from successful visioning, inventory, or indicator projects, or they may form around specific issues or areas of concern. This section offers examples and resources for building partnerships.
  • Civic Engagement   ( 70 Articles )
    Communities with the greatest and most diverse citizen participation are often resilient and strong. Engaging citizens to address common issues is essential for educated decision-making. This area provides resources for encouraging civil discourse and involvement.
  • Justice and Equity   ( 27 Articles )
    Creating Community: Justice and EquityJustice and equity are fundamental in a civilized society. Examples of injustice are a lack of adequate housing, poor sanitation, an inadequate supply of pure water, and environmental degradation related to industrial pollution. This section offers options for change and resources for positive action.
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation   ( 18 Articles )
    Alternative dispute resolution is a tool for resolving conflicts within a community, and mediation is used in the workplace and in institutions to help individuals find common ground and peaceful solutions to problems. This section includes resources that community organizations can employ.
  • Culture, Art, Ethnicity, Heritage and Celebrations   ( 14 Articles )
    Every community has a history, and events planned around it are both educational and cultural. These activities provide local character and strengthen community ties. Some examples are in this section.

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