What is the the Earth Charter?

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world. It is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history.

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Who wrote the Earth Charter?

Early in 1997 the Earth Charter Commission formed an international drafting committee. This committee helped to conduct the international consultation process, and the evolution and development of the document reflects the progress of the world wide dialogue on the Earth Charter.

Beginning with the Benchmark Draft issued by the Earth Charter following the Rio+5 Forum in Rio de Janeiro, drafts were circulated internationally as part of the consultation process.

Meeting at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in March 2000, the Commission approved a final version of the Earth Charter.

The Paintings
I originally created this series of moving images as a backdrop for the 3rd International Science, Philosophy and Theology Festival held in Grafton in 2003.

It subsequently became the focal point for discussion and the stimulus prompting people to learn more about the content and objectives of the Earth Charter.