As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. The Earth Charter promises us such renewal. To fulfil this promise, we must commit ourselves to adopt and promote the values and objectives of the Charter.
Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.
What does the Earth Charter mean?
The mission of the Earth Charter initiative is to help establish a sound ethical foundation for the emerging global society and to promote the transition to a sustainable way of life founded on: respect and care fort he community of life; ecological integrity; universal human rights; respect for diversity: economic justice; democracy; and a culture of peace.
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Symbol 1: Disc
WE ALL KNOW: that there are various problems, both on a local and worldwide scale. In order to resolve some of these problems we need to create new rules. Since 1987 groups of individuals have come together, in all corners of the earth, to formulate guidelines for ethical living. In this manner the Earth Charter came to be, the key points of which are shown on this symbol. Of main concern is the self-discipline of each individual to change their own behaviour and campaign for a social and ecological lifestyle.
Symbol 2: Insect Hotel
Because of the influence that we have over the earth, with all of its flora and fauna (including insects), we also have a special responsibility. Insects are important for the balance in nature. They are accountable for the breakdown of dead plants and animals, such that they can return to the biological cycle, in the form of nutrients. Furthermore they are necessary for the pollination of useful plants. An Insect Hotel can serve as a possible home for endangered insect species, for example in gardens, where there are no longer any natural homes available.
Symbol 3: Seed
This seed emblematises the second paragraph of the Earth Charter, which sets the following goal: the entirety of the Earth?s ecosystems must be regenerated. It is imperative to strengthen and protect the biological diversity and the natural life preserving processes. The seed is a symbol of the hope that the beginnings of the Earth Charter grow and flourish.
Symbol 4: Willow Teepee
The Willow Teepee is a symbol for the coming together and meeting of the community of people, animals and plants. It symbolises the search for protection, the need to find security and to live a life in a natural, healthy surroundings. It should remind us to live, to build and to organise our lives ecologically and to struggle for all the possibilities for growth, with awareness of nature?s predetermined plan.
Symbol 5: Dreamcatcher
The dreamcatcher represents the vision of a world joined together in peace. It came into being through a communal action, in which many people were involved. From every little contribution the form and appearance of the dreamcatcher changed. This led to it becoming a symbol of diversity. In the form of a net it shows how harmony can emerge from the co-operation between people. The co-operation of many people in various networks, such as those found in the social, religious, pacifist or ecological fields, is necessary to positively shape future life on earth. If people continue to leave further small contributions, the dreamcatcher is continuously modified. It is in a state of perpetual change.