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What is the Earth Charter?

  • The Earth Charter is an inspiring vision of basic ethical principles for the development of a sustainable, just and peaceful global society in the 21st century.

  • The Earth Charter calls all humans all around the world to discover a new meaning for the shared responsibilities and interdependence from which all beings will benefit, now and in the future.

  • The Earth Charter expresses a global consensus of shared values and it gives room to the hopes and visions of a growing number of people.

  • The Earth Charter is an expression of hope and at the same time a call for global action and partnership.

  • The main goal of the Earth Charter is the transition to a sustainable lifestyle and human development. The Earth Charter recognizes that all ecological, economical, social, cultural, ethnical and spiritual problems are closely connected and have to be addressed in a wholistic way.

The Earth Charter's Principles

The principles of the Earth Charter have been developed in a decade long process and have been derived from civil law, science, philosophy and religion. This global dialogue involved hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals from all over the world and the crossing of cultural, religious, ethnic and geographic boundaries. This working together of so many parties on a global level is unprecedented. By now, more than 4.500 organisations have signed the Earth Charter, with many government bodies and international organisations amongst them. What started as an initiative of the United Nations has been enhanced, developed further and completed as draft of civil rights groups and was passed by an independent and international committee in 2000. 

The Goals of the International Earth Charter Initiative

1. To raise awareness worldwide of the Earth Charter and to promote understanding of its inclusive ethical vision.
2.To encourage and support the educational use of the Earth Charter in schools, universities, religious communities, local communities, and many other settings.
3. To promote the use of the Earth Charter as an ethical guide and the implementation of its principles by civil society, business, and government.

In a time like this, where we have to rapidly change our way of thinking, because the global crisis is getting worse by the minute, the Earth Charter encourages us to reflect on our values and actions and opt for a better way ahead. In a time where international cooperation becomes more and more vital, the Earth Charter points out to us a way of looking for similarities and to develop a new global ethics which we share with a growing number of people around the globe. In a time where education plays an important role in the development of sustainable ways of living, the Earth Charter is a valuable tool in the education sector.


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