Event 29 June 2010
The co-hosts of the event were Ruud Lubbers (Earth Charter Commissioner), Steven Rockefeller and Mirian Vilela (Earth Charter International) and Jos van Gennip for Earth Charter and Alide Roerink for NCDO.
For two decades, the vision of the Earth Charter has inspired numerous individuals and groups from all walks of life to undertake activities that have moved us towards sustainability. Nearly ten years ago, when the Earth Charter was first launched in June 2000 in the Peace Palace, after years of consultation and drafting, the vision was to have it widely disseminated, used and implemented as an instrument that contributes to the transition towards a new paradigm. Much has been accomplished and much is still to be achieved. The Earth Charter Initiative’s Mission and Vision is neither trivial nor easy to attain; it requires significant collaboration, perseverance, passion, and time, and this is what we have been exercising.
We believe that to make sustainability happen “fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living.” That is the promise of the Earth Charter Initiative.
Thematic session: Diversity and Connecting Civilisations/Cultures
Thematic session: Innovation of International Cooperation with Use of New Media
Thematic session: Global Governance, the UN and Climate Change
The "Seeds of Hope" exhibition stresses our interconnectedness with the rest of the community of life and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern. It encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness and highlights the fact that a single individual can initiate positive change.
It also introduces the positive vision for sustainable living expressed in the Earth Charter, and gives examples of eight individuals and groups who have successfully taken action for change, from Africa to the Arctic and Eastern Europe. The message "It starts with one," is key -- the slogan that the Earth Charter International have chosen for their "Earth Charter Plus 10" campaign in 2010.
The "Seeds of Hope" exhibition contains 24 panels, including one left blank with a simple tree design so viewers can attach their own statement of what they will do toward sustainability.
The exhibition uses the "Learn, Reflect, Empower" formula outlined in SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development and is a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.