Earth Charter


We are an Earth Charter School


The Earth Charter is a set of fundamental principles that seeks to define a just, sustainable and peaceful society for the 21st Century. Since its creation in 2000, it has been endorsed by governments, businesses, institutions, world organisations and individuals. The Earth Charter has been embraced by UNESCO as a means of educating the public of the importance of creating a sustainable world. It has as its mission:

“To establish a sound ethical foundation for the emerging global society”

 

 

 

As an Earth Charter school we convey the universal principles of the Earth Charter to our children. We do this through following 8 principles:

Principle 1 – Life

The Principle of Life means respecting and caring for all living things, no matter how big or how small. All life is important, not just human life. We will treat all living things with respect and consideration. 

“I promise to respect and care for all living things, no matter how big or how small”

Principle 2 – Interconnected

The Interconnected Principle means that everything is connected to everything else. Each and every person and living creature has its own special qualities. We all have a place on this Earth and we all need each other.  

“I promise to respect and understand that everything on earth is interconnected and is somehow connected to me”
 

Principle 3 – Family

The Principle of Family means doing everything that you can to make sure everyone in the human family is well treated. It means that you will work with others to make sure that all boys and girls have a home, clean water to drink, food to eat, a school to go to and a doctor to look after them if they are sick. 

“I promise to respect and understand that I am part of the whole human family and I will do all I can to make sure that everyone in the human family is well treated”

Principle 4 – Past

The Principle of the Past means that you will learn from all the different people who have lived before you, discovering what made their lives good and what made their lives difficult and you will be inspired by their gifts of wisdom.
 

“I promise to respect and understand the past and to learn from all the different people who have lived before me."
 

Principle 5 – Earth

The Principle of the Earth means that you promise to take care of this Earth, the water, the air, the soil and all living things and you will do everything in your power to live in a way that is not wasteful or greedy. The earth is the home we share. 

“I promise to respect and care for the earth, the home we all share. I will do all that I can to protect the water, the air, the soil and all living things”

Principle 6 – Peace

The Principle of Peace means that you promise to live in peace and to cooperate with others to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way. If you do have a conflict, you must seek solutions that are fair to everyone. 

“I promise to do everything I can to live in peace and to cooperate with others to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way that is fair to everyone”
 

Principle 7 – Love

The Principle of Love means that you promise to be truthful and kind to others, to build trust amongst those that know you and to understand the ways of each person that you meet. It means that you will take responsibility for your actions in all things. 

“I promise to be kind and truthful to others to understand the feelings of others, and do all I am able to make the world a more loving place” 

 

Principle 8 – Future

The Principle of the Future means that you will do everything possible in your lifetime to make sure that everyone now and in the future can live together in health, peace and harmony. 
 

“I promise to do everything possible in my lifetime to help make our earth a healthy, harmonious and peaceful home for everyone in the future”