Equitable, flourishing, peaceful living on Earth relates to caring about the interconnectedness of life....
Although in a busy world we often overlook values, they guide our individual and collective actions. We embody values from our culture and experience that influence those we teach or our audiences.
For a better world, identifying common universal values that comprise an ecological worldview and translating them for our situation and place, is essential to help us effectively care for ourselves, others and the wider community of life.
Early on in my doctoral research, around 2013, I sensed more than I could explain, that our current societal values fall short in guiding us to care about others and the wider community of life on Earth.
In a world that values consumerism and growth above all else, coming across moral philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore's important work (via Derrick Jensen's podcast) for collating values from 80 visionaries , including Thich Nhat Hahn, Desmond Tutu, Oren Lyons, Ursula le Guin, Wangari Maathai, Peter Singer, Gary Snyder, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Wendell and Thomas Berry and more, in 'Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril' (2010) alerted me to key thinkers who were much more skilful in recognising that expanded, integrated ecosocial values are crucial for these urgent times.
Whilst the Earth Charter wasn't mentioned in Moral Ground, some of the contributors had been involved in the development of the Earth Charter several decades ago.
In recent years, I noted an upswell in interest in the Earth Charter from leading International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) scientists, ethicists, religious leaders like Pope Francis, environmental and youth ambassadors like Jane Goodall DBE, former Green Party leaders, like Canadian Elizabeth May.
Most importantly, in my recent study with the UN University of Peace 6-month course on Education for Sustainable Development in association with the Earth Charter Initiative, I have realised that educators, some of whom have been developing a radical reform of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) over several decades, keenly realise and have been amassing learning and resources that underline that we will not effectively or equitably advance an ecological worldview or attract humanity to reach the UN Sustainability Developments Goals ethically for 2030 without a holistic framework that attends to ecological integrity alongside social justice and democratic values.
My sincere thanks to the Irish Arts Council for the 2020 Professional Development Award to allow me to attend the Earth Charter Education for Sustainability course and meet with such inspiring educators and other cultural workers from around the world .
Also HUGE THANKS to former Haumea course participants (especially Lisa Cahill) & collaborators (Nikos and Mary) who reflected their enthusiasm for the Earth Charter back to me, which in turn inspired me to research and develop this course for the cultural sector.
My sincere thanks to the Earth Charter International team and my fellow ESD - Earth Charter learners.