The Earth Charter in Action: Toward a Sustainable World


"This will be a book to be proud of!"—Ruud Lubbers

· First book on the Earth Charter
· World famous authors
· Available in English and Spanish
· Large, full-color book

The Earth Charter is an inspiring declaration of shared ethical principles. It arises from diverse sources—the wisdom of indigenous peoples, international law, contemporary science, and philosophical and faith traditions. It is an integrated vision of caring for all life, of universal human rights, of economic justice, and of the creation of a ...

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"This will be a book to be proud of!"—Ruud Lubbers

· First book on the Earth Charter
· World famous authors
· Available in English and Spanish
· Large, full-color book

The Earth Charter is an inspiring declaration of shared ethical principles. It arises from diverse sources—the wisdom of indigenous peoples, international law, contemporary science, and philosophical and faith traditions. It is an integrated vision of caring for all life, of universal human rights, of economic justice, and of the creation of a culture of peace. The Earth Charter in Action is a collection of over seventy thematic and descriptive essays inspired by Earth Charter, and demonstrating the rich diversity of its uses. It points toward the many possibilities of future utilization, including its ability to bridge the Islamic and Christian worlds and to work across the divide between the northern and southern hemispheres.

Well-known contributors include Homero Aridjis, A. T. Ariyaratne, Leonardo Boff, Kamla Chowdhry, Jane Goodall, Yolanda Kakabadse, Ruud Lubbers, Federico Mayor, Steven C. Rockefeller, and Erna Witoelar. Contributors are practitioners, experts, and Earth Charter activists from around the world. There is a special emphasis on contributions from youth. Includes an afterword by Princess Basma Bint Talal and 75 full-color illustrations.

This book is published in cooperation with Earth Charter International, Costa Rica, and the NCDO, The Netherlands.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789068321777
  • Publisher: KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen)
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Municipal Capacity Building Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Third Pillar of Sustainable Development—Michail Gorbachev; A People’s Earth Charter—Maurice F. Strong; Abandon Apathy and be Moved to Action—Wangari Maathai; Making the World One—Peter Blaze Corcoran; Building Consensus on Shared Values—Mirian Vilela and Peter Blaze Corcoran; PREAMBLE: Humanity is Part of a Vast Evolving Universe—Mary Evelyn Tucker; Earth Charter: An Ethical Lodestar and Moral Force—Parvez Hassan; Black Irish: The Earth Charter as a Common Vision for Muslim and Christian Youth in Jordan—Hamza Ali Alamoosh; Universal and Differentiated Responsibility—Abelardo Brenes; The Earth Charter Covenant—J. Ronald Engel; PARTI RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LIFE: Respect and Care for the Community of Life with Understanding, Compassion, and Love—Leonardo Boff; Saving the Landscape of our Childhood and Backdrop for our Dreams—Homero Aridjis; Our World’s Youth: Taking Compassionate Action for a Better Tomorrow—Jane Goodall and Robert R. Sassor; The Aims of the Earth Charter in Japan—Wakako Hironaka; The Earth Charter in Mexico: Actions to Advance Toward Democractic Societies thatare Just, Participatory, Sustainable and Peaceful—Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez and Mateo A. Castillo Ceja; To Avert the Day of Sextrubtion—Awraham Soetendorp; PART II: ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY: Ecological Integrity: A Commitment to Life on Earth—Brendan Mackey; Using the Earth Charter in Local Campaigns Against Genetically Modified Organisms—Khyn P. Yap; The Shift From economy to Ecology—Ruud Lubbers; Beyond Economism: Toward Earth Ethics—Haze; Henderson; The Earth Charter on its Way Through Germany—Hermann Garritzmann; The Ubuntu Alliance: Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Development—Hans van Ginkel; PART III: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE: Using Earth Charter Principles to Assess Social and Economic Justice—Yolanda Kakabadse; The Earth Charter and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals—Erna Witoelar; Awakening and the Earth Charter in Sri Lanka—A. T. Ariyatne; Mato Grosso Writes Its Earth Charter—Michèle Sato, Luiz Augusto Passos, and Carlos Maldonado; Youth Employment: A Global Priority for Sustainability, Peace and Prosperity—Dumisani Nyoni and Ismail Serageldin; The Earth Charter: A Beginning of Sustainable Development in the Dominican Republic—Rene Ledesma and Josephine Espaillat; The Earth Charter and the World of Business and Economics—Oscar Motomura; Giving the Earth Charter a Local Habitation and a Name in The Philippines—Sixto K. Roxas; Gender Equality and Equity: At the Heart of the Earth Charter—Irene Dankelman; Sustainable Greenland and Indigenous Ideals—Henriette Rasmussen; Shaping Our Common Future: Youth Campaigning for Sustainable Development Using the Earth Charter in East Africa—Philip Osano; A Test for the Maturity of Humankind—Sergey Shafarenko; Making Ripples of Change: The Hopes of the Earth Charter Youth Initiative—Michael Slaby; PART IV: DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE: Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace—Federico Major; The Earth Charter in Action: Experiences and Perspectives for Education in Values in Mexico—Edgar Gonzáles-Gaudiano; The Earth Charter as a Vehicle of Transformation—Alexander Likhotal; Living the Earth Charter in The Netherlands—Alide Roerink; Five Years with the Earth Charter in Armenia: The Development of Democratic Institutions—Karine Danielyan; Earth Charter Imperatives: Linking the Global and the Local in Developing Countries—Chamniern Paul Vorratnchaiphan; The Earth Charter in Russia sine 1994—Rustem Khairov; Eco-pedagogy as the Appropriate Pedagogy to the Earth Charter Process—Andela Antunes and Moacir Gadotti; South African Initiatives that Draw on the Earth Charter—Razeena Wagiet; Taking it to the Brink: The Story of the Brink Expedition—Louse Erbacher, Ben Glass, and Kendon Glass; The Earth Charter and Development of China’s National Guidelines for Environmental Education in the School Curriculum—Yunhua Liu; Testimonials and Experiences from the Balearic Islands, Spain—Guillem Ramis; The Ark of Hope and the Temenos Books—Sally Linder and Cameron Davis; The Earth Charter and Animals—Richard M. Clugston and John A. Hoyt; Using the Earth Charter with Ex-combatants in Sierra Leone—Sylvannus Murray; The Earth Charter as a Guide to Building a Culture of Peace and Sustainable Development—Martn Lees; Degradation of the Environment as the Cause of Violent Conflict—Mohamed Sahnoun; Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan; The Earth Charter as the Basis for a Comprehensive Approach to Conflicts in Sudan—Jan Pronk; THE WAY FORWARD: The Transition to Sustainability—Steven C. Rockefeller; The Significance of the Earth Charter in International Law—Klaus Bosselmann and Prue Taylor; Building Support for the Earth Charter Movement—Joan Anderson; The Way Forward for Coalitions of Workers and Businesses for Sustainability—Herman Wijffels; The Earth Charter and Global Citizenship: A Way Forward—Nigel Dower; The Spiritual Way, the Gandhian Way—Kamla Chowdhry; The Only Way Forward—Princess Basma Bint Talal.

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