Earth Charter Commitment
The Earth Charter Initiative is seeking to develop a world-wide base of support for the Earth Charter. The Initiative is promoting the use, implementation, an endorsement of the Earth Charter by individuals and organizations in all sectors of society. On Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at the Annual Meeting, this congregation endorsed the Earth Charter, and embraced the spirit and aims of the document. We have pledged to join the global partnership for a just, sustainable, and peaceful world and to work for the realization of the values and the principles of the Earth Charter:
- “Ecological Integrity”
- “Respect and Care for the Community of Life”
- “Social and Economic Justice” and
- “Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace”
Our Earth Charter Team works to encourage and support individual and group actions by members and friends of the church to further the principles of the Earth Charter. We are looking for new members to join our team as well as persons interested in project-specific tasks. If you would like to partner with a great group of people who are looking at ways in which our faith community can live into the Earth Charter, please contact the church office.
Our Actions So Far On The Principles
Ecological Integrity – respect for nature: we have worked with our Property Maintenance Team, to install water and electricity saving devices; we avoid using styrofoam and plastic in our meal service; we recycle and encourage composting and grass-cycling, our annual garage sale provides opportunities for recycling and reusing, etc. and there is more that we can do with your help.
Respect and Care for the Community of Life – endorsing universal human rights: working with our Spiritual Gatherings Team, we emphasize in our Sunday gatherings that we respect Earth and life in all its diversity and recognize our interdependence with all creatures and cultures; we work to preserve Earth’s resources and beauty for present and future generations.
Social and Economic Justice – exposing and working against injustice: we partner with our Affirming Team to counter discrimination and affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity; we participate in KIVA loans [www.kiva.org] to help people working their way out of poverty. We use fair trade coffee for gatherings and we support Palestinian farmers with purchase of fair trade products from the West Bank and Gaza.
Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace – promoting a culture of tolerance, nonviolent resistance, and respect: along with our Outreach Committee, we support local and global efforts that strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice; we are members of the Greater Edmonton Alliance for achieving such reforms. We participate in the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding First Nations peoples.
For more details, visit www.earthcharter.org