Earth Charter International is happy and excited to support the new Earth Charter Blog, organized by members of our dedicated Youth Task Force. This initiative is exactly the kind of action that ECI hopes to see in the world; a decentralized action inspired by the Earth Charter’s broad and inclusive vision of sustainability.
The Earth Charter is more than a list of principles; it is a guide to creating the just, peaceful, and sustainable global society that is needed to address the many ills that we face as a species, along with the millions of other species who share Planet Earth with us. As I write this, Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements around the world are starting to address the economic inequity that has marginalized so many for the disproportionate benefit of very few. This year has seen the overthrow of autocrats in North Africa and the awakening of a democratic consciousness across the Arab world. There is clearly widespread civil dissatisfaction in many corners of the world and it is simultaneously accompanied by a continuing disregard for and degradation of the environment. I believe that we are at the beginning of a global awakening, the realization of interdependence across cultures, nations, species, and generations. I hope this awakening and the society that emerges will be guided by the fundamental ethical principles of the Earth Charter.
The Earth Charter document, created through the most participatory drafting process in history, provides us with a roadmap for creating a just, peaceful, and sustainable Planet Earth. It has been endorsed by tens of thousands of individuals and thousands of organizations around the world. It is universally applicable and has been used in educational settings, by the private sector, as a sustainability assessment tool, by governments, and by individuals. In this blog, ECI hopes to read about more examples of people and organizations using the Earth Charter, but even more hopes to read about positive changes inspired by the Earth Charter. We hope to see stories that document the transformational change that the Earth Charter can inspire towards a sustainable world.
ECI sincerely thanks Sujan and Amanda for setting up this blog and getting the ball rolling. In the words of the Earth Charter “The Way Forward”:
“Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”
Douglas F. Williamson
Earth Charter International