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Earth Charter: Synopsis Introduction The Earth Charter is a universal declaration of basic ethical principles that seeks to promote

and develop a just, sustainable, and humane society. It stands on the realization of the inevitable, growing pattern of human development that is gradually leading to environmental and organismic destruction, depletion, and extinction. Thus it provides a shared vision of values and a common universal responsibility that aspires to protect, reserve, and secure the present and the future well-being of humanity. Principles The Earth Charter has categorized the principles according to: (a) respect and care for the community of life; (b) ecological integrity; (c) social and economic justice; and (d) democracy, nonviolence, and peace. To attain respect and care for the community of life: recognition of value of every form of life, affirmation of the inherent dignity of human beings, awareness of the increased responsibility that comes with increased freedom, knowledge, and power, promotion of social and economic justice, and transmission of values and traditions to future generations are primary considerations. To protect ecological integrity: adoption of regulations integral to environmental conservation and rehabilitation, establishment and preservation of nature reserves, recovery of endangered species and ecosystems, management of renewable resources and use of non-renewable resources in ways that minimize depletion, prevention of pollution, adoption of patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being, proper management of materials, assurance of universal access to health care, and awareness of the vital importance of environmental protection to human health should be adopted. To guarantee social and economic justice, it is necessary to: eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative, empower the people with education to secure a livelihood, ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable, affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable

access to justice. health care. to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity. expression. association. and global society. and spiritual well-being. and a beginning of a sustainable global community. with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities. family. Conclusion The Earth Charter is a way forward. It requires a sense of unity and a collaborative effort of every individual. governance must provide transparency. . and dissent. and recognize that peace is a factor of unity and completeness. regional. To promote democracy. bodily health. protect the rights to freedom of opinion. and uphold the right of all. democratic institutions must be strengthened at all levels. society must treat all living beings with consideration and respect. nonviolence. eliminate weapons of destruction. and peace. community. implement comprehensive strategies to prevent violent conflict. without discrimination. use collaborative problem solving to manage and resolve environmental conflicts and disputes. a renewal.development and ensure universal access to education. and economic opportunity. peaceful assembly. and nation in order to fulfill a change and achieve the sole aim. It signals an awakening. promote and support participation in decision making in local. eliminate corruption.