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June 29, 2000 -
The Earth Charter

"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." -- Preamble of The Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is one of the most significant comprehensive blueprints for a better world. It provides a framework for a holistic ethical vision, calling for global partnership to address our interdependent need for environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development and peace. The Earth Charter was drafted over a decade with input from thousands of people, and it has been endorsed by more than 4500 organizations and governments, representing millions of global citizens.

The idea for the Earth Charter arose in 1987, when the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development suggested that the world needed a guiding charter to assist in a transition to more sustainable development, where the use of resources aims to meet human needs while protecting the environment so that future generations will also be able to share in these resources. The need for a new earth charter was again urged by the UN in 1992 at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. But work on the Earth Charter didn't begin until 1994, when it was launched by civil society organizations, the Earth Council, headed by Maurice Strong, and Green Cross International, headed by Mikhail Gorbachev. After years of international consultations and meetings, the Earth Charter was launched on June 29, 2000 at The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Today, The Earth Charter Initiative spearheads promotion of The Earth Charter and the document continues to inspire individuals and serves as a guiding blueprint for local, state and national governments to create more peaceful, just and sustainable communities. You can help grow The Earth Charter by endorsing it on the Earth Charter Initiative website, as well as convince your organization or local government to adopt it.

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