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The Earth Charter

Posted on: Jun 30, 2013

The Earth Charter

by Prashanti de Jager Ó2011-2012

When it comes to taste, kids might not be able to decide which is the best cereal, and French aficionados, in the throes of their bottle shock, may debate that Napa’s vintages are nonpareil; and when it comes to power struggles a Democrat seldom agrees with a Republican, and Tribals seldom agree with Corporations; but when it comes to the path of creating Global Sustainability for all Beings in all ‘Communities,’ we do have a consensus, in fact, we have the most vetted document ever in human History, we have the EARTH CHARTER. 

In a mere twenty four hundred words, organized into four main facets, called pillars, each with four main principles, we have the work of a decade of visionaries, scientists, politicians, and those with good ole common sense uncontaminated with greed and other domination agendas.

Literally millions of people have endorsed the EARTH CHARTER (You can do so here: ) as has hundreds of Universities the world over, dozens of prominent organizations like the UN and the US Conference of Mayors and UNESCO, hundreds of cities like Berkeley and Corvalis and New Delhi, vocational groups like Engineers Without Borders, and even religions like the Baha’I and the Diocese of Newark. 

The EARTH CHARTER starts with the following preamble:

“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 one human 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 peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.”

And from this preamble, through the four pillars and sixteen principles, it shows a way for us to work and play together in such a way that ‘all beings may be happy.’

I would love to see the EARTH CHARTER taught in grade school, in every class.  I would love to see people in college majoring in ‘EARTH CHARTER.’  I would love to see the Executive Summaries of all business plans include this Preamble at least.  I would love to see more people refer to their ‘Boss’ as the Vision, the Shakti, that has given rise to the EARTH CHARTER.  I would like to see more religions add or even start their creeds with the EARTH CHARTER because what good is a religion that can’t see the unity of all Beings?  (In fact, the main opposition of the EARTH CHARTER is exactly those religions and corporations who would loose too much power if we lived in peace with each other and with our environment). 

I know EARTH CHARTER is what the DUNAGIRI FOUNDATION is all about and I know that all of us who are part of the DUNAGIRI FOUNDATION have minds focused on a global sustainability heart.  In fact, being aligned with this EARTH CHAPTER Vision is a strong indication that a company is one of the new paradigm businesses that generate win-wins at all levels of their ‘business.’ 

I would love for all of us to read the EARTH CHARTER once a year, if not once a month or once a week, and as we read it, write down all the ways that we can integrate its principles into the actions of our daily life, into what Ayurveda calls our Dinacharya. The conclusion of the EARTH CHARTER is entitled: “The Way Forward”.  By practically weaving the EARTH CHARTER into our daily lives, our Dinacharya, may be create that ‘Way Forward,’ most aligned with a world that benefits all Beings.

Thanks so much,


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