The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom

Our predominant worldview is probably the most significant factor leading our civilization to climate breakdown, ecological destruction, and gaping inequality. As people worldwide are losing their existential moorings, it is time to shift away from our dominant worldview of disconnection to one of deep interconnectedness.

Jeremy Lent’s new book, The Web of Meaning, addresses this in a brilliant way and offers a coherent and intellectually solid foundation for an alternative worldview based on deep interconnectedness, showing how modern scientific knowledge echoes the ancient wisdom of earlier cultures. This is an idea clearly linked with the vision articulated in the Earth Charter, which Lent affirms articulates “core principles of an ecological civilization.”

In this valuable book, the author offers a rigorous and integrated way of understanding our place in the cosmos that can serve as a philosophical foundation for a life-affirming future.

This webinar will offer an opportunity to hear Jeremy Lent in a conversation on key ideas embedded in his latest book.


  1. What are the three most important ideas you could extract from your book?
  2. What is the problem with the predominant worldview and how to change that? Can you share how you articulate the relationship of values, worldviews and actions?
  3. How can an ecological civilization emerge and how can we make this change happen faster?
  4. What does “Rewriting the operating system” mean and how do we make this happen?
  5. Cultivating Integrated Values… how can this take place and what could be the role of the Earth Charter?

Jeremy Lent, described by Guardian journalist George Monbiot as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age,” is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. Born in London, England, Lent received a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and was a former Internet company CEO. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present dayHis new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a solid foundation for an integrative worldview that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. Author website:

Organized by ECI in collaboration with CBDGDF

Webinar Integral design and regenerative projects through the lens of the Earth Charter

This webinar will offer unique perspectives on regeneration through Integral Design and the Earth Charter in Action. Our guest speakers will share examples of how regenerative climate parks and education programmes based on the Earth Charter are addressing environmental and social challenges in South Africa and Lesotho.

Bjorn will share lessons in leadership on global citizenship from his recently published book The Midgard Viking Expedition – the Search for Intelligent Life on Earth.

Janika will share her experience in connecting education, food security, regeneration with the Earth Charter Ethics.

Their work represents intergenerational exchange and learning.

The webinar will address the following questions:

  1. What are integral design and regenerative projects?
  2. Can you share one example of a regenerative project in which you use the Earth Charter?
  3. What is your perspective on the value of the Earth Charter to current times?
  4. What are the connections you are making between education, food security, sustainability and design?
  5. What are the key ideas you explore in the book you published this year “The Midgard Expedition- the Search for Intelligent Life in Earth?”


Bjorn Heyerdahl is the CEO of Integral Climate Change Solutions (ICCS) and founder of Midgard Expeditions. He is an active explorer, environmentalist, biospheric designer and consultant on humanitarian, environmental and development issues. Through the Integral Climate Change Solutions, Bjørn has been implementing integral design using the Earth Charter as a guide.

Janika Heyerdahl is a high school biological science educator with a BSc in Biochemistry and Honours in Biological Sciences at University of Cape Town. She started a few school projects on education for sustainable development such as looking at long term grazing regimes and carbon sequestration potential in the Karoo in South Africa as well as the ecological impact of the ‘Banting’ diet. She is an alumna of the Programme on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter Education Center. Her latest work has taken her deeper into the spiritual and moral underpinnings of pro environmental/ sustainable behaviors in the form of her Master’s thesis.


Alide Roerink (The Netherlands) is an anthropologist and has been involved over the years in networking, advocacy, and policy development for gender justice, international solidarity, and global governance. Alide Roerink initiated and co-edited the book Earth Charter in Action: Towards a Sustainable World. Alide Roerink was advisor to the Earth Charter Initiative before she joined the Council.

Online Cursus ‘Business and Ethical Leadership for Sustainability’

Earth Charter International

8 weekse online cursus

Business and Ethical Leadership for Sustainability

Business and industry are the driving force of contemporary society. Business has provided countless benefits to humankind, but those benefits also include challenges and costs. Unfettered consumerism and capitalism threaten the environment, human health, and the fair distribution of natural resources and wealth. Businesses possess the resources and abilities to implement solutions and take the necessary steps to make life on Earth more sustainable. However, business leaders continue to make headlines globally for managing their organizations and our planet’s resources in unethical ways. Ethical business leadership is needed, and business leaders need access to tools and frameworks to guide their decision-making processes. This course will assist business employees and managers in understanding their role in contributing to a more sustainable society.

The Earth Charter is a document with 16 ethical principles to foster sustainable development. The principles and pillars of the Earth Charter provide a practical and strong foundation upon which business can build on for socially and environmentally responsible profitability.

Short Description

This course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to take business ethics and sustainability practices to higher levels by using the Earth Charter (EC) as a framework. This course helps participants develop a broad approach to sustainability and make the EC Principles actionable within business contexts.

By introducing business stakeholders to ethics and sustainability theory and practices, the course intends to help participants be prepared to develop sustainable and inclusive business in an era of uncertainty and disruption. This course offers a space to learn about the nexus between the Sustainable Development Goals, the Earth Charter, and business sustainability.

This experience seeks to build a pool of experts and consultants with a systemic and ethical approach to business ethics and sustainability, capable of providing quality support and guidance to businesses that seek to incorporate ethics and sustainability into their development and planning process. It will be an opportunity to enhance the participant’s ethical leadership skills.

Facilitator: Dr. Chris Beehner

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Webinar The Role of Business Towards Sustainable World

Guest Speakers:

Volkert Engelsman
Director EOSTA. Key player in the global food market: Founder of Eosta, Europe’s leading distributor of organic and fair-trade food and a trendsetter in sustainability issues. Volkert is part of the Earth Charter Friends network in The Netherlands.

Chris Beehner
Business professor at Seminole State College of Florida, author book “System Leadership for Sustainability,” Facilitator, Earth Charter Center for Sustainable Development at UPEACE.

Emma Verheijke
Partner Sustainability & Impact Services at Grant Thornton / Sinzer, supporting a wide portfolio of national and international organisations (companies, investors, government and non-profit) with sustainability strategy, measurement and reporting and the transition to a more sustainable economy.


Teresa Fogelberg
Former Director Global Reporting Initiative and member of the Earth Charter Friends Network in The Netherlands.


This webinar was organized to offer a space to share views and experiences on this theme, engage more people working in the business sector in exploring the relationships among business, ethics, leadership, and the Earth Charter and in bringing this to their sphere of work.


  • Why does sustainability make good sense to the business world?
  • What role can the business sector play in changing the course of our world towards sustainability?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for leadership for sustainability?
  • What role can the Earth Charter play in this?

Organized by

Earth Charter International

In cooperation with Foundation SBI – Earth Charter the Netherlands and Medcom Benefit Solutions

Young Voices Webinar: “The Importance of Intersectionality and its Links with the Earth Charter.”

Webinar: “The Importance of Intersectionality and its Links with the Earth Charter – An Introduction”

Earth Charter International wants to spotlight the powerful and young voices around the world and in its network. On the 27th of April, Earth Charter Young Leader Emma Feyeux will moderate a Zoom discussion around intersectionality, to raise awareness on the interconnectedness of social and environmental fights, and the importance of questioning the common system behind them. Please join us to hear the thoughts and the reality of our four inspiring panelists that already advocate for that paradigm, and reflect on the connection with systems thinking and the importance of Education for Sustainable Development.

Date: Tuesday 27th of April 2021, 7 PM Costa Rica time

Moderated by: Emma Feyeux (France), ECYL and ECI intern

  • Ariel Maldonado is the owner and founder of the Instagram page @GoGreenSaveGreen. Since 2018 she has spent her free time researching the climate crisis online and sharing new updates, scientific research, infographics, and climate-related articles with her following. Gogreensavegreen is a page for anyone who wants to learn about the climate crisis, whether you are already in the environmental sphere or just taking your first steps. The page incorporates both scientific research, activism, and humor all in one page to keep readers educated and entertained.
  • Krista Guanlao Sison-Dunlavy is a Filipina American creative, living on Tongva/Chumash territory (now known as Los Angeles). Formerly, she was an apparel designer, but after learning about how exploitative the industry is, she started transitioning to a new path. She now runs @multitudes_studio as a side hustle, a work-in-progress platform where she talks about climate emergency, consumption and interconnectivity. Through Multitudes, she hosts intimate community events to engage her peers in becoming active in the fight against climate change.
  • Marie Fournier is a Costa Rican Media student currently living in Amsterdam. She believes that online communities can benefit the different movements related to climate and social justice. The opportunity of creating networks with people with similar interests in different parts of the world contributes to the presence of intersectionality within the different movements. This way we can ensure that the information that is being shared encompasses more than one perspective and helps deconstruct certain ideas. The main focus she intends her written and visual projects to have, is the importance of developing safe spaces for people to educate and support one another from a place of empathy and respect.
  • Mitzi Jonelle Tan (@mitzijonelle) is a climate justice activist based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of the Philippines. She is also active in FFF International, advocating for climate justice and making sure that voices of Most Affected Peoples and Areas (MAPA)’s strikers are heard, amplified, and given space. She first became an activist in 2017 after integrating with indigenous leaders of her country which pushed her to realize that collective action and system change is what we need for a just and greener society.
  • Emma Feyeux is a 20 years old Earth Charter Young Leaders and ECI intern from France. She studies humanities in the South of France, and is driven by climate justice and fighting for a systemic shift towards a sustainable and just world. Being involved in different climate justice associations and youth groups, she committed to the Earth Charter in 2020, and became involved in the Earth Charter Movement to create links with an international network of people working in the same direction.

Earth Charter Cities Online Course 2021

Earth Charter Cities Online Course: Ethics in Sustainable Urban Development 2021

ONLINE & FACILITATED. This Earth Charter Cities Course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to take urban sustainability practices to higher levels by using the Earth Charter (EC) and the Earth Charter Cities (ECC) Manifesto.

Cities are full of opportunities, but they also face many challenges. Rapid urbanization often threatens the environment, human health, and fair distribution of resources and funds.

In cities and local communities, sustainability and the quest to implement new solutions are more tangible than in any other place. These are places where an urgent response is needed and where results can be more visible. Urban areas have the critical mass to perform the changes we need on a global scale. More than anywhere else.

This Earth Charter Cities Course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to take urban sustainability practices to higher levels by using the Earth Charter (EC) and the Earth Charter Cities (ECC) Manifesto.

This course helps participants develop a broad approach to sustainability and make the EC Principles actionable at an urban level.

By creating some space to dive into the theory and good practices, the course intends to help participants be prepared to develop sustainable and inclusive communities in an era of uncertainty and disruption. It offers a space to learn about the nexus between the Sustainable Development Goals, the Earth Charter and urban sustainability.

This experience seeks to build a pool of experts and consultants with a systemic and ethical approach to sustainability, who are able to provide quality support and guidance to cities facing challenges during their development and planning process.

Lancering nieuwe tentoonstelling ‘Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality”

We zijn verheugd aan te kondigen dat er een nieuwe tentoonstelling is ontwikkeld door SGI in samenwerking met Earth Charter International, met als titel SEEDS OF HOPE & ACTION. De actie is in deze mooie editie gericht op het realiseren van de SDGs. Wil je meer weten en horen van de makers van de tentoonstelling? Je kunt bij de lancering aanwezig zijn op 25 februari a.s. om 15.00 uur.

Er zijn nog twee mogelijkheden om de lancering bij te wonen in het Engels of Spaans, in verschillende tijdzones. Kijk voor meer informatie op de website van Earth Charter International.


Online Certificate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

ONLINE & FACILITATED by Earth Charter International (ECI). Strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators to implement ESD and Education for Global Citizenship in their work to respond to the new guidance and educational needs of today. Visit the ECI Education Centre and find out more.

Youth Leadership Course Ethics & Sustainability

ONLINE & FACILITATED. Enhance your skills and knowledge to be ethical and effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.