The Earth Charter comprises Four Pillars, namely respect and care for community of life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice and democracy, non-violence and peace. Inspired by the Earth Charter, Earthrise Trust was founded as a not-for-profit social activist initiative, dedicated to building a new development paradigm that advances the ideals and principles enshrined in the Charter.
Earthrise Trust is dedicated to:
Creating a foundation for transformative initiatives, to promote new ways of thinking and action that highlight the indivisibility between environmental protection and human development in the transition towards a just, sustainable and peaceful world;
Understanding and addressing the structural causes of growing inequality, poverty and marginalisation and in the process cultivating capacity and building momentum for a new community- inspired and community-based development paradigm;
Attracting a community of “socially conscious supporters’ committed to becoming an active part of a local and global learning movement, working to build a positive legacy for future generations
Rebuilding and guardianship of the historic Rustlers Valley Farm in Ficksburg as a pilot “collaborative development space,” to take the ideals of the Earth Charter forward.