There is No Transition without Transformation: using the Earth Charter in Education [EN, 45 min]

15.00 - 15.45 | Maria Garcia Alvarez, Windesheim Honours College, Zwolle


The Global Goals get us moving towards a sustainable future: they tell us what to do and how to get there. The Earth Charter (2000) tells us why: this international declaration focuses on the underlying values that drive our behavior. How can we use the Earth Charter as framework in educating for sustainability?


The Earth Charter (2000) is an international declaration that provides an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. As the Earth Charter states in the Preamble “We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future”.


Educational institutions have the responsibility not to teach about sustainability but to teach for sustainability. The shift in the paradigm will be only possible if we are able to develop a global consciousness that goes beyond national interest and political and religious dogmas. The Earth Charter is a holistic framework to integrate in any curricula embedding the values of universal responsibility, ecological integrity, social and economic justice and nonviolence and peace. In this workshop we will discuss the example of the Windesheim Honours College and its experience endorsing the Earth Charter.


Maria Garcia Alvarez

Maria Garcia Alvarez, MA

Born in Asturias, north of Spain, Maria holds a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences. Her career has been first focus in the world of corporate communication, investigative journalism. Since 2009 she is working in Education, where she teaches Global Challenges, Geopolitics and Globalisation and coordinates Value Creators (Theory U, complexity and uncertainty). She has cooperated in transdisciplinary networks in Europe such is Intrepid Cost and she is member of different international networks, among them UN Habitat and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). She has recently collaborated in the project of the first SDG encyclopaedia with a chapter about education for sustainability.

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Created by Paris Cosma for Mondiaal Maastricht

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