Wow, Im excited to have stumbled upon this on Thursday at a talk in Vancouver by David Korten. I knew there must be many many initiatives like the one that we are embarking on, (and sort of dont want to research them yet), but this one just came up.
I like it. And I appreciate that many people seem to have agreed on it.
“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.”
A good overview:
The full Charter (Not that long):
However, one thing I realized from exploring this is that the more items/madates/principles that you include – the more people you might also be excluding. Im not sure I would include item in the full Earth Charter in my personal Topher Charter.
Its funny, this reminds me of a recent story I read about the Tea Party movement. Apparently there has been an intentional avoidance of talk on Religeon at Tea Party meetings. They want to include all the people who are really irritated by big government – and so they dont want to splinter this coalition by discussing religeon because some members are very conservative christians – and some are not.