They promise not to approve projects or make decisions that affect ecosystems. They ask citizens to be vigilant of their compliance.
Authorities of the Government of Sinaloa and eight municipalities of the entity signed the alliance for the Earth Charter and with this, they pledged to work to achieve sustainable, fair and peaceful municipalities.
This document provides the ethical framework that should guide all your actions as leaders and decision-makers.
In summary, all measures and projects undertaken or approved must comply with four fundamental axes: respect and care for the community and life; ecological integrity, social and economic justice; Democracy, nonviolence, and peace.
Therefore, if any action or project does not comply with these principles, it should not be authorized.
The signing was carried out within the framework of the International Congress of Environmental Education for Sustainability held in Mazatlan.
The Earth Charter was signed by the mayors of Mazatlan, Rosario, and Cosalá. The municipalities of Concordia, Escuinapa, Elota, Angostura and San Ignacio were represented by different municipal officials.
On behalf of the state government, Carlos Gandarilla, head of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, signed. This alliance was joined by deputy Roxana Rubio Valdez, president of the Ecology Commission of the State Congress, the Center for Food and Development Research (CIAD), Mazatlan unit, and the Baupres art gallery.
Mateo Castillo Ceja, member of the International Council and Focal Point in Mexico for the Earth Charter, said that the guarantee granted implies not approving any project or measure that does not respect the principles and values embodied in the document, which include respect, integrity, justice, democracy, tolerance, and peace.
After the signing of this international alliance, he said, the mayors will be able to bring it before the council so that it can also be supported by the councilors so that they can join in the efforts towards sustainability.
Civil society must watch
The Earth Charter is an ethical guide that indicates the way forward to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, but it lacks a supervisory body, hence it must be civil society itself that monitors the authorities to comply with it and take the correct decisions, said Mateo Castillo.
For that, it is important that the population knows the commitments that the authorities have assumed.
“If we know them, we can be the citizen observatory for local, state and federal governments to assume their commitment.”
What does the Earth Charter say?
This binding agreement, assumed by hundreds of nations in the world, states that “we are at a critical moment in the history of the Earth, in which humanity must choose its future.”
It exposes that as the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future holds, at the same time, great risks and great promises.
“The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend on the preservation of a healthy biosphere, with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile lands, pure waters, and clean air,” he warns. .
However, dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, resource depletion and mass species extinction, he says.
“The benefits of development are not shared equally and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance and violent conflicts are manifested everywhere and are the cause of great suffering. An unprecedented increase in the human population has overloaded ecological and social systems, ”he warns.
These trends are dangerous, but not inevitable. And to face the social, economic and environmental crisis we are experiencing, the Earth Charter proposes a series of principles to guide the actions of citizens, governments, organizations in search of sustainability that you can consult here .
They signed the Earth Charter
They signed the Earth Charter:
- Carlos Gandarilla, head of the Secretariat of Sustainable Development of Sinaloa.
- Deputy Roxana Rubio Valdez, president of the Ecology Commission of the State Congress.
- Luis Guillermo Benítez Torres, municipal president of Mazatlan.
- Manuel Antonio Pineda Domínguez, Mayor of Rosario.
- Griselda Quintana García, Mayor of Cosalá.
- Saúl Acosta Alemán, secretary of the Town Hall of Escuinapa.
- Martín Osuna Valdés, director of Tourism of Concordia.
- Magda Guadalupe Abrajan Campaign, director of Ecology of Elota.
- Avelino Angulo, director of Ecology of Angostura.
- Eduardo Loaiza Bastidas, director of Urban Planning, Ecology and Environment of San Ignacio.
- Miguel Betancourt Lozano, academic director of CIAD.
- Dory Perdomo, director of the Baupres art gallery.
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