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FGCU Center director participates in Earth Charter International event

By Staff | Jan 17, 2011

Peter Blaze Corcoran of Sanibel, director of The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at FGCU, speaks on behalf of Earth Charter International in Amman, Jordan.

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University recently participated in the final event of the Earth Charter +10 year, which celebrated ten years of the Earth Charter in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Sanibel resident and Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran represented Earth Charter International in Amman, Jordan, from Nov. 22-25, 2010.

In addition to speaking at the prestigious event, Dr. Corcoran assisted in writing the Dead Sea Declaration, which was signed on Nov. 25, 2010, the last day of the celebration. The nations of Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates signed the Declaration and presented it to Princess Basma Bint-Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Declaration represents the commitment of the nations to collaborate to form a regional Earth Charter network.

“It was a great honor to speak at the last Earth Charter Event of such an important year for the Earth Charter Initiative,” Corcoran said. “It was a privilege to participate in positive politics in the Middle East. I believe the signing of the Dead Sea Declaration is very hopeful.”

Dr. Corcoran was invited to give an opening address at the celebration, and he later gave a keynote address on behalf of Earth Charter International. In his talk, Corcoran spoke on the Earth Charter Initiative’s ten years of success in the areas of education, private sector, youth and global governance.

“Future generations are judging our decisions,” Corcoran said in his speech. “We are leaving a legacy of agony and despair, but it is not too late to take action. Using the Earth Charter as a guide, we can build a sustainable future.”

Corcoran was a guest of Princess Basma with whom he has been working with since 2000. She received her doctorate from Oxford University in Economic Development for Women and founded the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) in 1977. She was one of the original Earth Charter commissioners, and she assisted in writing the Earth Charter when it was completed 10 years ago. She is revered throughout the Middle East.