The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance
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The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance

Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter

Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel

This thought-provoking book stimulates dialogue and action on the role of global ethics in the governance of individual societies and the international order. Such inquiry is imperative given the extraordinary challenges that face the world today. Leading figures in environmental ethics, philosophy and law approach questions surrounding global ethics and governance from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives.
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Chapter 2: Can the Earth Charter movement be renewed? The covenantal promise of the Earth Charter movement

J. Ronald Engel

Abstract

The vision of the Earth Charter is one of Earth Democracy defined as covenantal faithfulness to the evolutionary life of the planet and the historical struggle to live with one another in freedom, equality and solidarity. The movement will be renewed if it asserts its covenantal character and: (1) takes leadership for critical revision and further development of the principles of the Charter, at local and international levels; (2) makes empirical, rational and narrative arguments on behalf of the truth of the Charter’s vision and principles; (3) advances clear ethical and policy positions on the great geopolitical and environmental issues of our age; and (4) reconstitutes itself as a self-governing membership organization in which the citizens of the world pledge their accountability to one another in shared commitment to the ultimate cause of Earth’s survival and flourishing, prefiguring the emergence of a new covenanted global polis.

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