Earth Charter Summit – October 11, 2003

Third Annual Earth Charter Summit October 11, 2003 College of St. Catherine St. Paul, Minnesota


Keynote speaker – Kathryn Sikkink, U of M Professor of Political Science and an international expert in transnational social movements. Panel discussion – How can business support the common good?

Transportation from Northfield to the Summit and return – only $5.00! Reservations required. Bus transport sponsored by Northfield-based Center for Sustainable Living & Northfield Green Party The bus leaves from the Archer House at 7:30 a.m. and leaves the Earth Charter Summit inSt. Paul at 5:15 p.m. Contact Gene Steenhoek by October 1 for reservations: or call (507) 645-6414.

Northfield’s Bob Ciernia, ( long devoted to Peace and Justice issues, is promoting the Earth Charter and this Summit. He’s focusing on the big picture, and forwarded information on the upcoming Earth Charter Summit, which is the Saturday after next up in St. Paul. Over 10,000 groups internationally have signed on and they are seeking United Nations endorsement of the Charter.

The purpose of the Earth Charter Summit is to take a careful look at where are we headed, what that means, what options we have, and to consider what choices we will make when the impact of choices and directions is so long lasting, and perhaps disasterous, particularly if we keep on our present course – in essence, to make better and more conscious choices. Earth Charter’s purpose is to move towards the changes that will provide sustainability.

From the Preamble to the Earth Charter:

The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.

For more information, see the Earth Charter website and the Minnesota website or contact them at .

Or check out this page on Why have an Earth Charter Summit

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