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).

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. The next course in Spanish will begin on September 11 with the deadline to apply by August 29!

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.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme is another project I'm very engaged with. This program falls within 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. The workshop covers many topics related to sustainable development and at the end of the program the participants have to put what they've learned into practice by implementing their own workshops in their communities. Right now I'm facilitating the program at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica with 37 students. In September I'll be facilitating the training in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean and in November I'll facilitate it in Bangkok, Thailand for invited participants from across Asia!

I love this dynamic new job, not to mention the stunning views and sounds of nature 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