The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development.
The Charters 4 pillars: Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Social and Economic Justice, and Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace, outline 16 guiding principles for living, that seek to steward into being, a future of greater justice, sustainability and peace. The language of the Charter calls people towards collective action in order to address the issues that connect us together as a global community.
I started my socially engaged artistic practice in 2012, and engaging others in new ways to navigate issues of environment and international conflict has been the central concern of my work. As I begin to take steps towards developing a pedagogical arts framework suitable for a changing world, I increasingly find myself drawn to the practice of Education for Sustainable Development. The Earth Charter’s ethics and concerns speak poignantly to me and raise, a diverse array of new approaches from which I can learn and embody in my artistic practice.
The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles. This January I will join a programme which will connect 30 emerging practitioners from all over the globe. The Earth Charter Initiative's Youth Programme in Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics seeks to "prepare young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world."
The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace will play online host to the network of learners. I will be carrying out my Earth Charter inspired projects on the Isle of Gigha where I will seek to connect their children and youth to other Island communities living in different environments around the world. I will also be offering Human Rights Education and opportunities for the community to creatively investigate their environment and the current environmental issues that affect their lives.
To read more about the Earth Charter Initiative and read the Earth Charter online for free visit EarthCharter.org