The Earth Charter

Respect and Care For The Community of Life


Respect Earth and life in all its diversity

Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion and love

Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable and peaceful

Secure Earth’ s bounty and beauty for present and future generations



Ecological Integrity



Protect and restore the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life

Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach

Adopt patterns of production, consumption and reproduction that safeguard Earth’s regenerative capacities, human rights and community well-being

Advance study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge acquired.



Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace



Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making and access to justice

Integrate into formal education and life long learning the knowledge, values and skills needed for a sustainable way of life

Treat all living beings with respect and consideration

Promote a culture of tolerance, non violence and peace



Social and Economic Justice



Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social and environmental imperative

Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner

Affirm gender equality and equity as pre-requisite to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care and economic opportunity

Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.