Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 6 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

The Earth Charter: A Declaration of Interdependence

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   No comments
Become a Premium Member Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Or how reputable the author is? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too.

“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. ..” These words from the Earth Charter challenge us as we look to the future and to sustaining life on our planet. The Earth Charter is a UN-commissioned declaration of principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. It has been called the “Declaration of Interdependence”. It instills the shared responsibility we have to one another and to the planet itself.

Daily we struggle with issues of war, the environment, educational opportunity and economic injustice. We typically fail to recognize the interconnectedness of these issues or feel overwhelmed by their scope and enormity. We thus miss opportunities to address them and effect change.

The Earth Charter was drafted over a 10 year period by thousands of individuals from 77 countries. It was launched at The Hague Peace Palace in 2000. It has subsequently been endorsed by thousands of organizations representing millions of individuals worldwide. The Earth Charter is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history.

The Earth Charter focuses on four principle areas. These areas encompass many of the issues we grapple with in today’s society.

Respect and Care for the Community of life.

Ecological Integrity

Social and Economic Justice

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).


Rate It | View Ratings

robert dodge Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Robert Dodge is the father of 3 sons. He is a family physician in Ventura, California. He serves on the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles and is president of the Ventura County Chapter. He also serves on the board of (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

63 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, "The Last Best Chance"

Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, and Our Nuclear Future

The Cost of War

Remembering the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

The Earth Charter: A Declaration of Interdependence

Obama and the U.N: Securing Our Future

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: