The Earth Charter is a set of Principles for a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. Seven years in the making, it emerged from the Rio Earth Summit of 1992.
Now you are invited to explore the Charter and how it can support you, your community, your work or organisation in a series of six workshops in central London.
Dates between Wednesday 10th October and 12th December 2012
6.00 - 8.30pm at Headrooms, St John’s Path, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DD
Really hope you can join us - and do pass the news on to others if you can.
The text of the Charter can be seen here
Wed 10 Oct, 6pm THE WORK AND SPIRIT OF THE EARTH CHARTER
How can we grasp hold of the Earth Charter? How can it be used? What difference does it make? The Charter was completed in 2000, following a global, collaborative process. Endorsed by UNESCO in 2002, the Charter is grouped under four headings: Care and Respect for the Community of Life; Ecological Integrity; Social and Economic Justice; Democracy, Non-violence and Peace, together with a Preamble and concluding paragraph (The Way Forward).
Since 2007 Earth Charter UK has worked to introduce the Charter in Education, Business (see www.picturesofsuccess.org), faith communities, 'governance' (local, national, NGOs) and to young people.
In this session, Jeffrey Newman, a rabbi, founder of Earth Charter UK and adviser to Earth Charter International Secretariat will introduce the Charter and its achievements in the UK.
Wed 24 Oct, 6pm PERSONAL JOURNEYS - OUR UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION
From human rights to environmental sustainability, the Earth Charter covers all aspects of our lives. We will use this session to learn from each other and to develop a deeper and broader connection with the Earth Charter by talking about a personal object of our own that reflects our motivation for caring about our Planet.
Introduced by Mike Frankl, Trustee of Red Balloon, a charity that supports severly bullied children, Trustee of the Jewish Museum where the current temporary exhibition focuses on Refugees and company secretary of Earth Charter UK.
Wed 7 Nov, 6pm THE NATURAL BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The built environment has a profound effect on the quality of our lives and on the planet that hosts us. How can our designs be more harmonious with the natural world, more meaningful to us and more conducive to our wellbeing? The Earth Charter guides us to contemplate the principles that underpin our actions, in the same way that the perrenial values carried forward by the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world's great traditions do.
In this session we will explore some fundamental principles that may help each of us view our work in a more integrated and creative light.
Introduced by Nevine Nasser, architect and director of One Design and doctoral candidate at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London.
Wed 21 Nov, 6pm GAIA THEORY: "ONE PLANET" BUSINESS, SCIENCE AND CULTURE
The session will introduce the group to Gaia Theory. We will seek to discover if and how it is useful for operating within the limits of one planet. Gaia Theory science is fundamentally changing the way we will do business and education as well as science and technology in the coming decades; as part of the earth system - not apart from it. Gaia Theory is parallel to and complementary with the Earth Charter.
James Lovelock’s Gaia Theory is the systems science that examines the self regulation of the planetary system; the surface rocks, the oceans, the atmosphere and all of life. The Theory considers the planet as a whole and examines the feedback loops maintaining conditions that have sustained life for over 3.5 billion years. It incorporates and extends Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
Introduced by John Gilbert, businessman and ecologist, who is leading an initiative to find a home and funds to conserve and exhibit the Lovelock archive as a world heritage and to help evolve the emerging Gaia Theory paradigm.
Wed 5 Dec, 6pm INTERRELATEDNESS, INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
An often cited Gandhi quote is "the end does not justify the means, rather the end must be contained in the means". The Earth Charter was developed collaboratively over a seven year period. It is as much the way that it was developed as the content itself that shows us how to build the sustainable world we long to see. It is challenging, but possible.
This session will explore effective group working methodologies that encourage inclusion and diversity, underpinned by the ethical framework of the Earth Charter that expresses the interconnectedness of all things and systemic, holistic thinking.
Introduced by Justine Marchant, director of circleindigo and a facilitator who's spent more than 15 years immersed cross sector, cross industry enabling participation and inclusion. Her work is inspired by the life and work of Japanese Buddhist philosopher and peace activist, Daisaku Ikeda. Justine is the mother of two young children.
Wed 12 Dec, 6pm MOVING TO COMMITMENT, ACTION AND PARTNERSHIP
To find, create and build the just, sustainable solutions humanity requires at this time, both leadership and collaboration are needed at every level: from the local to the global.
In the spirit of the Earth Charter and role-modelling the good practice of 'being the change we wish to see' this last session will be given over to exploring what's emerged both individually and as a group over the course of the six sessions. We will reflect on 'learning' and 'where from here' individually and as potential partnerships. Also, we might consider what's left over and where we go with it.
There will also be a celebratory dimension to the evening as we share food together.
£60 earlybird registration for the 6 sessions - before 14th September
£75 registration for the 6 sessions
A limited number of concessionary tickets are available
See our Eventbrite site
STYLE OF THE PROGRAMME
Eat, settle and connect
Introductory ‘Starting Point’ presentation
Dialogue in smaller groups
Triad work to start looking at what each one of us can do
Plenary close in circle
Refreshments provided and supper in the first and last sessions
HOW TO FIND US
1-2 St John’s Path
About 20 feet (through the archway) from the award winning Jerusalem Tavern. This is the best landmark (on Britton St) if you are coming by cab. St Johns Path is just off St Johns Square which is another good landmark.
Farringdon station (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and Mainline)