The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for
building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st
century. Various UN agencies and visionary thinkers developed the Earth
Charter over a ten-year period. The final version was approved at
UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year 2000. The Charter has been
endorsed by countless nongovernmental organizations, including the
United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Every October cities all over the world hold Summits to celebrate the
Earth Charter. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions coordinates Ventura
County's Earth Charter Summits and presents annual Earth Charter Awards
to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter's core
values. Our event is co-sponsored by Ventura College's International Studies Program.
For a brief overview of the Earth Charter, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Charter
To read the entire document, go to http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html
We are excited to announce this year's 10th
Anniversary Earth Charter Summit and Awards program at Ventura
College's Cafeteria/Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The year 2000 marked the completion of the Earth Charter document at
UNESCO in Paris, and the launch of the Earth Charter in Action Campaign
at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. At our 2010 event we
will create a time capsule memorializing our hopes, dreams and goals for "The Next 10 Years."
Every year CPR presents Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter's core values. Our event is co-sponsored by Ventura College's International Studies Program. Please join us on this joyous occasion to make our time capsule for 2020 and to honor the following local heroes and sheroes selected as this year's Ventura County ambassadors of the Earth Charter Principles:
Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award)
Barbara Macri-Ortiz, Social Justice and Civil Rights Attorney
Community Supported Agriculture, The CSAs of Ventura County
Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace
Cindy Piester, Peace Activist
Respect and Care for the Community of Life
Juana Tapia, Activist for Immigration Rights and the “Dream Act”
Earth Charter and the Arts
Victor Aguilar, Tomás Hernández and Michael Schuman, Artists and Community Organizers of "Arts for Action"
Youth Education and Outreach
Lisa Hildebrand, Director of Education, and Mary Galvin, Director of
Operations, at the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education
Aaron Bergh, Student Organizer for "Spartans for Peace" at Rio Mesa High School