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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: KIT Publishers (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9068321722
  • ISBN-13: 978-9068321722
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,207,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Center on Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace and is the coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter. Since 2005 she has been teaching courses on Sustainable Development, Education for Sustainable Development and Environmental Governance at the University for Peace. Mirian has been working in the field of sustainability since 1990, when she worked for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in preparation to the 1992 UN Earth Summit. Prior to that she worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Over the years her work involved leading numerous international workshops, seminars and courses especially in the field of values and principles for sustainability. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She has a B.Sc. with focus on International Trade and is currently working on a Doctorate on Education focusing her research on education for sustainability.

Publications

Westra, L. & Vilela, M. 2014. The Earth Charter, Ecological Integrity and Social Movements. Routledge/EarthScan. United Kingdom.

Vilela, M. 2010. Building a Sustainable Future for Ourselves and Our Common Home. In R.W.Y. Kao, ed. Sustainable Economy: corporate, social and environmental responsibility. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., pp. 237-264.

Clugston, R.M. & Vilela, M., 2010. Special Issue to mark ten years of the Earth Charter. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 4:2. Sage Publications.

Vilela, M., 2008. Empowering People to Create Harmony with All Life on Earth. In P.U. Petit, ed. Earthrise: the dawning of a new civilization in the 21st century. Munchen: Herbert Utz Verlag, pp. 141-150.

Vilela, M. & Corrigan, K. 2007. Good Practices in Education for Sustainable Development Using the Earth Charter. UNESCO and the Earth Charter Initiative.

Vilela, M., 2006. The Earth Charter and the Quest for a More Sustainable and Peaceful World. Development - Conflicts over Natural Resources, 49 (30), Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 71-75.

Corcoran, P.B., Vilela, M. & Roerink, A. 2005. The Earth Charter in Action: toward a sustainable world. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT Publishers.

Vilela de Araujo, M. et al., 2005. Educar para un estilo de vida con la Carta de la Tierra: guía para docentes de II ciclo de la educación general básica. Earth Charter Initiative, Editorama, S.A.

Vilela de Araujo, M. et al., 2005. Aprendamos un estilo de vida sostenible con la Carta de la Tierra: para estudiantes de II ciclo de la educación general básica. Earth Charter Initiative, Editorama, S.A.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bugs on January 5, 2007
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For many years now I have been wondering what an agreement on international cooperation that all nations could readily agree to would be comprised of. With the publication of The Earth Charter In Action, my musing is over. The Earth Charter is simple yet succinct; it is profound and compelling. The first paragraph from the PREAMBLE sets the tone:

"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 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 people of Earth, declare our responsibly to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations."

The Earth Charter book has the entire Earth Charter document interspersed with commentaries from it's many contributors such as: Wangari Maathai, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, Peter Blaze Corcoran, et al. The Earth Charter website also has the entire Earth Charter in a viewable and downloadable format. There is a large and growing body of world-wide endorsers at the website and the list includes almost every country along with an impressive and varied list of NGOs, schools, business, religious groups, and individuals.

The Earth Charter will hopefully be the document that brings every person on Earth together for a peaceful, democratic, and sustainable future with a knowledge of our interconnectedness and interdependence not only amongst ourselves, but with all other life forms on Earth. My heartfelt thanks to the many contributors world-wide for this beautiful document!
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I am a long time enthusiast for the Earth Charter. This book was published a but prematurely -- too many leaders wrote essays about how the Earth Charter would be important in their country, but there were maybe 1/3 of the writers that reported on the ground projects.

The[...] website has MUCH MORE real projects to share.
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