In the midst of witnessing unthinkable and tragic violence in recent years, The FUSION Foundation is compelled to take meaningful action to call upon our desire for peace on Earth. We know each of us can do something and we invite you to join us in proclaiming our commitment to creating a path to peace and nonviolence.
The FUSION Foundation has witnessed an exponential growth of peacebuilding efforts emerging in our local community and around the world.
The FUSION Foundation believes the way to create change is through relationship building and local action with a global vision. With this in mind, The FUSION is excited to extend an invitation to the Peace Walker Society to our local and global community.
In April 2011, The FUSION Foundation collaborated with community partners to catalyze a worldwide celebration of diverse efforts as part of a growing wave of peace. The FUSION Foundation actively supports the goal of the collective - to reach out to our neighbors around the corner and around the world to inspire actions for peace.
THEREFORE, The FUSION Foundation draws upon the benevolent Earth Charter for the language of our intent.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation recognizes that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation stands with hundreds of organizations supporting the Earth Charter, that we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future.
WHEREAS to move forward, The FUSION Foundation believes we must recognize that, in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a communal destiny.
WHEREAS we must join together to bring forth a regenerative global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace.
WHEREAS toward this end, it is imperative that The FUSION Foundation, with the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life and to future generations.
WHEREAS humanity is part of a vastly evolving universe, Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty is a sacred trust.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation is in global partnership to care for Earth and one another.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation recognizes that our environmental, economic, political, social and spiritual challenges are interconnected.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life and humility regarding the human place in nature.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation recognizes the Earth Charter's definition of peace - that peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth and the larger whole of which we are all a part.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation finds its foundational roots in the Earth Charter, in unity with the International Day of Peace formerly created the Peace Walker Society, on September 21, 2012.
WHEREAS The FUSION Foundation Guiding Council, members of the Peace Walker Society of The FUSION Foundation, friends and colleagues together in hope, affirm the call for the interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as articulated in the Earth Charter, a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.
WHEREAS members of the Peace Walker Society of The FUSION Foundation will live with a sense of universal responsibility, identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities.
WHEREAS members of the Peace Walker Society of The FUSION Foundation will live with a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community.
THEREFORE on this 21st Day of December 2012, we so Proclaim the Dawning of a New Age and commit to take steps everyday toward creating a culture of peace and nonviolence.
FURTHERMORE, I hereby affirm and commit to practice the aforementioned ideals as stated by the collective and as a daily practice of peacebuilding I will work to begin to take the following simple daily actions:
<b>10 Daily Practices to Creating a Culture of Peace</b>
1. Spend time each day quietly reflecting on how I’d like to relate to myself and others.
2. Remember that all human beings have the same needs.
3. Check my intention to see if I’m as interested in others getting their needs met as my own.
4. When asking someone to do something, check first to see if I’m making a request or a demand.
5. Instead of saying what I DON'T want someone to do, practice saying what I DO want the person to do.
6. Instead of saying what I want someone to BE, practice saying what action I'd like the person to take that I hope will help the person be that way.
7. Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone's opinions, tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.
8. Instead of saying "No," say what need of mine prevents me from saying "Yes."
9. If I’m feeling upset, I’ll think about what need of mine is not being met; and what I could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what's wrong with others or myself.
10. Instead of praising someone who did something I liked, I’ll express my gratitude by telling the person what need of mine that action met.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully. 2001, revised 2004 Gary Baran & CNVC. The right to freely duplicate this document is hereby granted.
The Earth Charter was created as an initiative of global civil society and is the product of the most open and participatory worldwide consultation process ever associated with the drafting of an international declaration. Many thousands of people and hundreds of organizations contributed to the drafting process. The drafting of the text was overseen by the independent
Earth Charter Commission, which was convened by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev with the purpose of developing a global consensus on values and principles for a sustainable future. The Commission continues to serve as the steward of the Earth Charter text, and the Commissioners act as ambassadors for the Earth Charter itself.
The Earth Charter was completed in March 2000 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and launched in a special ceremony at The Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 29 June 2000. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands attended the ceremony.
The Charter has since then been formally endorsed by thousands of organizations representing millions of people, including the UNESCO Conference of Member States, the World Conservation Congress of IUCN, national governments and their ministries, national and international associations of universities, and hundreds of cities and towns in dozens of countries. It has also been endorsed by many civil society and political leaders, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and heads of state.