Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

Photo by Gerardo Romero

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections! As the Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires.

I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.

Graphic made by Dino De Francesco

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting on 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have finished the 10-week LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to mentor them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by Earth Charter for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I'm very excited to start this dynamic new job, not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I'm happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using my skills and knowledge I've gained from my studies and learning from the beautiful principles the Earth Charter has to offer.

ECI Secretariat Team