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1 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Education for Sustainable Development ~ Making the abstract real ~

2 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Structure Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Earth Charter and Education Resources Conclusions

3 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E “It seeks to develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives and values to empower people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating and enjoying a sustainable future.”(1) ESD is also a process of learning how to make decisions that consider the long-term future of the economy, ecology and equity of all. What is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? (1) UNDESD Framework for the Int’l Implementation Scheme, UNESCO

4 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E ESD helps us to shift from a fragmented to an integrated approach of problem solving

5 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Some Key Themes of ESD Overcoming Poverty Gender Equality Health Environmental Protection Rural Transformation Human Rights Intercultural Understanding and Peace Sustainable Production and Consumption Cultural Diversity Participatory Processes

6 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E ESD brings together different spheres SOCIAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT ESD

7 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Think critically Make good decisions Solve problems Plan with an integrated approach Resolve Conflicts Communicate effectively ESD helps one to: Collaborate & cooperate with others Move from awareness to action Be a life-long learner Have a systemic view of the world Motivate others towards sustainability

8 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Educational process should be: Participatory and inclusive Inter-disciplinary Student-centered View students as both learners and teachers Contextualized and flexible Collaborative Transformative … Pedagogical approaches for ESD The ‘how’ we educate needs to be just as important as the ‘what’!

9 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Sustainable development is an urgent social and ecological need, and education is an indispensable element for achieving it. The United Nations declared the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development which began in Why ESD?

10 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Structure Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Earth Charter and Education Resources Conclusions

11 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E A declaration of ethical principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. A process of dialogue, partnerships and activities that have become an ‘Initiative’. What is the Earth Charter?

12 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E A Brief History of the Earth Charter Initiative Origins - The Brundtland Commission calls for “a new charter 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) Phase 1 - Development and Global Consultation 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 Phase 2 - Launch and Establishment 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) 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

13 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E The Earth Charter represents a Global Consensus on Sustainability and an Ethical Call to Action Protect... Care... Transmit... Adopt... Support... Reduce... Require... Eliminate... Honor... I. Respect for nature II. Universal human rights III. Economic justice IV. Culture of peace Core sustainability values + Responsibility to act =

14 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E The Earth Charter is a Unifying Platform for Change Clarifies sustainability Covers all aspects Builds legitimacy Inspires and informs Links local to global Reaches from boardroom to community Provides a common platform for action Sets a high performance standard

15 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E The core themes of the Earth Charter answer the needs of our society The Community of Life Differentiated Responsibility Critical Challenges and Choices Peace and Non-violence Universal Responsibility PartnershipsInterdependence Need: A culture of collaboration Need: An advanced understanding of our shared global problems Need: A framework for being able to critically evaluate one’s situation Core Themes

16 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E The Earth Charter can help advance three fundamental educational objectives Creation of partnerships: Civil society Business Governments Consciousness –raising Application Of values Call for action Environmental problems Social problems Economic problems Guiding principles

17 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E The Earth Charter: 1. Offers and integrated approach 2. Articulates the principles for promoting a sustainable future 3. A pedagogical tool for a culture of peace Why is the Earth Charter an important tool for ESD?

18 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E The Earth Charter helps provide a high-level perspective, while empowering to act locally

19 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Structure Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Earth Charter and Education Resources Conclusions

20 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Posters Brochures Videos Earth Charter in Action Book Earth Charter Bibliography The Earth Charter Initiative had developed a number of resources Earth Charter Case Studies Workbook for schools Guidebook for teachers Univ. course on ESD Presentations An Online Resource Center is available at

21 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Earth Charter in Action Book Demonstrates what sustainability principles mean in practice Examples from all over the world... from biodiversity to business to rehabilitating child soldiers Authors include Mikhail Gorbachev, Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall, Ruud Lubbers, HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal... over 70 co-authors Is available to download at

22 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Conclusions ESD is about content as well as skills and values The ‘how’ is often more important than the ‘what’ The Decade offers an opportunity to advance ESD initiatives at all education levels The Earth Charter provides a valuable educational framework

23 T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E T H E E A R T H C H A R T E R I N I T I A T I V E Contact: Earth Charter International


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