You have just read some principles of The Earth Charter.
The Earth Charter In 1987 the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development called for the creation of a new charter that would set forth fundamental principles for sustainable development. The goal was to help build a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. But it was only during the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the first draft of The Earth Charter was produced.
After an extent participatory discussion in all the continents that lasted eight years, The Earth Charter was launched in a special ceremony at The Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands on 29 June, 2000. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the ceremony.
Mikhail Gorbachev, Maurice Strong, Steven Rockefeller, Leonardo Boff and the Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai are amongst the supporters of this important initiative. You can also take part.
Today, more than ever, we need to disseminate and put into action The Earth Charter principles. If you also agree with this urgency, believe in these principles and have enough breath to help in this “little ants work”, we suggest a few actions:
<ul><li>Access The Earth Charter website, read the document and if you agree with the principles endorse the document. Suggest to your company, organization and friends to also endorse it. </li></ul><ul><li>Text: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html </li></ul><ul><li>Endorse: http:// www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Endorse.html </li></ul>2. Send this presentation to people that think like us and to those that need to think like us. 3. Do presentations and talk to friends about The Earth Charter.
5. Publish and disseminate the press release about The Earth Charter Campaign 2009. 4. Help run The Earth Charter 2009 campaign - web banners, TV spot, magazine ad - planned to launch in Brazil on April 22, 2009, The International Earth Day. We will need a lot of help to make this happen! If you think you can help us, please request any of the creative materials (web banners, TV spot, magazine, press release) to The Earth Charter volunteers in Brazil: [email_address] or [email_address]
6. Create other actions that help disseminate The Earth Charter principles, as for ex. documentaries and films to run on YouTube, photograph expositions, music and poetry. Check some video examples placed on YouTube - search for The Earth Charter. Access here other ways to participate : http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/How%20you%20can%20participate.html Know more about the focus areas of The Earth Charter: http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Focus-Areas.html