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The Earth Charter Initiative is a diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions that participate in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative `is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace'.
`... to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace'.You can join the join the campaign and sign up to the Earth Charter.
Ethics is a crucial element, often missing in climate change negotiations. The importance of educating people, the press, negotiators and the individual cannot be understated. This following provides a good education piece on the ethics of climate change and the video features an interview with Donald A. Brown, Professor of Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law at Penn State University. The interview can be viewed here.
There are no international treaties or national laws required to initiate change. Everyone has to make a personal decision as to how they will participate and education is vital to bring about awareness of the issues at stake. `The System Change Not Climate Change Project' is a project organised by the Council of Canadians Climate Justice for People and the Planet campaign. This project features videos from a range of speakers including academics, workers and activists who address questions of system change, why it is now needed and gives examples of a new way forward. The project aims to build awareness and inspire actions for climate justice throughout the world through community-based teach-ins using these videos. Their website encourages people to learn about the underlying causes of climate change. They encourage groups to watch the DVD that addresses the system change needs in the lead up and post Durban.