In 1994, Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev launched the Earth Charter initiative with support from the Dutch government. The Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just society with special emphasis on the world’s environmental challenges. The Charter seeks to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility. You can download it below in English, or click here for other languages.
Green Cross Earth Charter Youth Contest in Italy
Students are key players in an environmental education initiative launched by Green Cross Italy, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Education and under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. It aims to teach and inspire youth to become environmentally conscious and find solutions to environmental problems. This 2014 edition was the 22nd, and titled Da cosa (ri)nasce cosa (One Thing Leads to Another). It specifically looked at giving young people a better understanding of the life cycle of goods, from design to production and transformation. During the 27 February ceremony in the Palazzo Madama Senate Hall, the President of the Italian Senate, Hon. Pietro Grasso, met 300 winners chosen to attend from over 32,000 participants in 1,300 schools across Italy.
The 23rd edition was launched in late 2014, with a focus on food supply and the preservation of biodiversity. The competition calls for contributions through various forms of communication (investigative reports, videos, documentaries, comic books, etc.). Each submission is judged by a committee including journalists, artists and environmental experts, and the winning schools receive a prize of €1,000 to support environmental initiatives in their school or city. The winning students are traditionally received by the President of the Italian Republic in an official award ceremony, together with ministers and representatives of local institutions.
Expo Milano 2015 has given its patronage to the contest, and winners will be represented during the International exhibition showing the best of Italian excellence.