THE FIRST GLOBAL CHILDRENS CHARTER FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE
"The reality is that we are all connected, and interwoven into the wider ecology, and cannot continue acting as if we are not connected..."
Learning to share and listen is possibly the most important lesson for people living in the 21st Century. As adults we have not really set a good example, and as we face more and more inflation, dwindling resources and conflict it is becoming ever more clear that we need to improve how we listen, share and essentially practice empathy.
Most international agreements, declarations and negotiations are conducted by adults who don’t seem to listen to each other. There is often little warmth experienced in these international moderated discussions, and it seems everyone is only interested in their tiny part of earth. The reality is that we are all connected, and interwoven into the wider ecology, and cannot continue acting as if we are not connected. It can be seen as the equivalent of thinking the heart, lungs, and brain were separate and should protect their own interests, where in reality they all need each other to survive.
The Earth Junkies Foundation, in collaboration with the Arkwork Collective, is creating arenas and spaces for children globally to build the first Global Children’s Charter for the Rights of Nature. Yet this is no ordinary charter. It is not a dusty document that sits on shelves while people argue, but instead is a colourful and playful gathering of children’s hopes, imagined futures, pictures, ideas, stories, dreams and other experiences that are warmly and empathetically captured using multiple media forms. Using radio, mobile connectivity, television and film, social media, online videos and traditional snail mail, children can bring together their contributions to this global dynamic charter, which is collated by the Earth Junkies Foundation.
As a first journey, the Tree Trunk, the overland Imagination Adventure team will visit school children in various regions in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Through these visits, children can share their encounters with the rest of the world through the diverse and rich media platforms offered by EJF. Included with this high level of publicity in almost all forms of media, children anywhere else in the world will be invited to participate in some of our methods and share what they discovered through our established platforms. These include podcasts, radio programming, mobile phone messaging, social media links such as twitter and facebook, as well as our online video platform, television and finally in a full-length feature film, which profiles 29 children and their communities in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
This exchange of dreams, hopes and imaginings between children from across the globe will offer an opportunity of social exchange and environmental consciousness like no other; all acknowledged, all heard, all shared with the rest of the world through the dynamic, ever growing, ever developing, Global Children’s Charter for the Rights of Nature.