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This relation is given by the Earth Charter, not only in a spatial but also thematic way by combining topics like environment, justice, respect of life and spirituality. 

Ulrike Berghahn (45) is a biologist and lecturer in Göttingen, Germany

„I’m fascinated by the efforts to find and assure common values worldwide. It allows me to get connected to the world and to live as many of these values as possible – given that that these relationships and values will also grow with the support of others. This relation is specified in the Earth Charter, not only in a spatial but also thematic way by combining topics like environment, justice, respect of life and spirituality. I would like to introduce this opportunity of feeling at home to other people who are isolated with their problems and, probably, their commitment.”

I'm inspired by the Earth Charter's unifying ideas which allow different opinions, actions, values, religions and ways of living.

Manuela Höfner (47) is a tax specialist in Berlin, Germany

„I had been looking for an organisation with many people of different needs and possibilities for diversity since long. Last summer I read a leaflet about the Earth Charter, and I was immediately attracted and curious to get to know those committed people. Then, I spent New Year's Eve with the EOWI on Burg Bodenstein. Afterwards I decided to make myself more familiar with the Earth Charter. For me, the Earth Charter is an example that it is possible to bring various people with different cultural backgrounds together and find a common ground: All of us want to live together on this unique and beautiful earth - peacefully, ecologically, today and in future. I'm inspired by the Earth Charter's unifying ideas which allow different opinions, actions, values, religions and ways of living. In discussions I often hear people saying that it is not worth doing something. For me, the Earth Charter is a kind of response that it is worth doing something by changing things with a few little steps each day. It shows that there are many people in a network exchanging ideas and strengthening each other. I would be happy to meet other likeminded people in Berlin and work together to realise this."

The Earth Charter gives many people a perspective on the future. To me, this is very important for developing new practices.

Mara (24) is a bon vivant, activist and cultural educationist, The Netherlands 

„We live in a world full of injustice. If we continue like before, I'm worried. We need a big change to leave capitalism and find a sustainable alternative. For this, a positive vision is necessary. This is possible with the Earth Charter. It gives many people a perspective on the future. To me, this is very important for developing new practices. During my seminars, workshops and discussions with people, I'm happy to encourage others to take action and realise their dreams."

The Earth Charter contributes to the ethical basis of a sustainable lifestyle.

Paulander Hausmann (75) is the Chairperson of the Ecumenical One World Initiative (EOWI) based in Wethen, Germany

 „I first heard about the Earth Charter thanks to Frank Meyberg who, like me, was a member and signatory of the EOWI, and introduced the Earth Charter to the EOWI in 2000. At the beginning, the Earth Charter was a new and unknown aspect for us. But after some time I learnt about the Earth Charter’s principles and realised the additional benefit to our commitment. It contributes to the ethical base of a sustainable lifestyle. And when it became clear that, with the ideas of the Earth Charter, it is possible to reach the 15 to 30 year old people, I finally became a strong supporter of the Earth Charter!” 

For me, the Earth Charter is important due to its fundamental pillars for our daily life: Environmental protection, social cooperation and peace work. 

Christine Birmann (56) is a Special Education Teacher in Rothenburg o.T., Germany

I got to know the Earth Charter during a seminar in Deinsdorf. For me, the Earth Charter is important due to its fundamental pillars for our daily life: Environmental protection, social cooperation and peace work. I like that those aspects are linked with each other based on a holistic approach. I want to apply the Earth Charter at schools, together with children and youths, and to incorporate the principles in my social and political commitment with friends in Rothenburg.”

I'm impressed by the Earth Charter's holistic and interdependent ethics.

Torben Flörkemeier (22) studies Environmental Governance in Freiburg, Germany

„During my internship at the Office of the Ecumenical One World Initiative (EOWI), I was inspired by the work of the organisation and by the Earth Charter in particular. I was impressed by the Earth Charter's holistic and interdependent ethics. The problems of the 21st century can only be solved based on an approach that combines aspects of ecology, social and economic justice, participation and peace. This is realised in the Earth Charter - as an ethical and moral manual for individuals as well as states and organisations. I am a member of the EOWI board and contact person for young people interested in the Earth Charter. With my work and commitment, I hope to contribute to the dissemination and implementation of the Earth Charter."

 

For me, the Earth Charter is a kind of road map which encourages me to take action every day.

Friederike Gezork (23) studied a B.A. in Comparative Cultural Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies, Germany

  

„Some of my friends had been continuously talking about the Earth Charter. So in 2009, I attended a seminar on the Earth Charter and later, friends and I founded a Earth Charter Group in Marburg. With the group, we want to call attention for more sustainable and peaceful ways of living. We organised clothing swaps and designed an Earth Charter T-Shirt. The coherence of the Earth Charter shows me to vitalise my whole life and not only parts of it. It makes clear that one thing refers to another. For me, the Earth Charter is a kind of road map which encourages me to take action every day. It would be great if more people live and act within the meaning of the Earth Charter. This would allow a more sustainable and peaceful world."

The Earth Charter is a kind of important framework to me that I would like to take action for. 

Anna Horneber (23) is a student of Peace & Conflict Studies in Marburg, Germany 

„One year ago, I attended an Earth Charter seminar organised by Insa Lütge. Together with some of my friends we later formed the Earth Charter Group in Marburg. The Earth Charter is a kind of framework to me that I would like to take action for. It combines different aspects of my commitment. Our Earth Charter Group reveals so many new possibilities and ideas. While working with other activists and groups, I also got to know a number of interesting and nice people. This community encourages me and allows me to take more action and increase the scope of the action. Through the exchange with others, I’m able to develop new ideas, reinforce my commitment and organise my daily life. So, I wish many people will learn about the Earth Charter and that this will enable more possibilities for new ways to safeguard our earth.”

 

I particularly like the holistic and positive apprach of the Earth Charter. It does not criticise or judge but rather focuses on a different and better world.

Robert Beyer (21) studies Mathematics in Munich, Germany

The Earth Charter shows that a change of attitudes is significant to question ourselves: What is important for us, and what is important for the world? Instead of postponing our current problems again and again, we shall open our eyes to find new, courageous, holistic and sustainable means for a way forward. I particularly like the holistic and positive approach of the Earth Charter. It does not criticise and judge but rather focuses on a different and better world. I also like the worldwide network which is a great opportunity.”

I wish many people will discover the Earth Charter for their own life.   

Heike Sprenger (37) is a forester in the Sauerland, Germany

 

"The first time I read about the Earth Charter was a mailing. It immediately caught my attention; I was curious and wanted to learn more about it. I continued reading and a few minutes later it was clear: The Earth Charter is exactly what I had been looking for since long - a trekking map for my life. It combines four crucial elements for sustainable development: Ethics, ecology, worldwide justice and peace. I wish many people will discover the Earth Charter for their own life. Thus, I would like to introduce the Earth Charter to our youth work and adult education.”

Meet the Earth Charter Ambassadors

For me, the Earth Charter is a future vision which combines my ideals as well as my commitment.

Anja Dirkes (27) is a theologican at the Catholic Student Paderborn, Germany 

„After my voluntary service in Kenya in 2002 and 2003, I started actively working in different kind of development- and peace-oriented organisations, for example for the One World Shops. For me, the Earth Charter is a future vision which reflects my personal ideals as well as commitment. I would like to introduce and introduce the Earth Charter at the Catholic Student Society. The dissemination of the Earth Charter is very important, thus I’m planning to initiate regional projects and workshops for children and young people. Another point important to me refers to the networking and coordination with other Earth Charter Groups, like the catholic voluntary service.”

 

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