About Earthrise

“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity
must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent
and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise.
To move forward 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 common destiny.
We must join together to bring
forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature,
universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.
Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our
responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life,
and to future generations”.


– The Earth Charter – A United Nations-inspired initiative


 The preamble to the Earth Charter is a clarion call to action by concerned citizens, to rethink and reset the current direction in which people and our planet are heading. It calls for fresh thinking and action for new development possibilities that deliberately focus on building resilient, inclusive, just, sustainable and peaceful societies that promote environmental awareness and protection for the benefit of future generations.


Naledi Village in Rustlers Valley. Photo courtesy Diana Neille
Naledi Village in Rustlers Valley. Photo courtesy Diana Neille


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.


Learners at the Naledi Village school. Photo courtesy Diana Neille
Learners at the Naledi Village school. Photo courtesy Diana Neille


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.