The Earth Charter is for those who want to look behind the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are described in technocratic UN language; the Earth Charter makes you understand the underlying urgency and ethical grounding.
It is written more than two decades ago by a group of civil society and business leaders from across the world and has grown into a global movement. It starts with the central recognition that we are one human family and one earth community with a common destiny, in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life.
We must declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations. We need an ethical foundation for the emerging world community. To that end 4 key principles have adopted: Respect and Care for the earth and life in all its diversity, ecological Integrity, social and economic justice, and democracy, nonviolence and peace.