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FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Celebrates "EARTH CHARTER + 10"

FORT MYERS, FL - The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University has organized multiple events throughout the week of Nov. 1-5, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter Initiative. The Earth Charter is a people's declaration of ethical principles for a sustainable future and is an inspiration in much of the Center's work.

The celebration acknowledges how the Earth Charter has helped the Center in its effort to create a just, sustainable, and peaceful future. FGCU is an official Affiliate of the Earth Charter Initiative. The week's events focus special attention on raising awareness and promoting understanding of the Earth Charter, expanding the Earth Charter Network, promoting dialogue and collaborating for a sustainable future.

FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw kicks off Earth Charter + 10 Week by hosting a conversation on what it means for the University to be an Affiliate of the Earth Charter. This event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1 in the Student Union building.

The week's major event is the Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Student Union ballroom. The Dialogue hosts three expert panelists who discuss the topics of electronic waste and consumer ethics.

One of the panelists, revered Native American elder Chief Jake Swamp, unexpectedly passed away last Friday, Oct. 15, at his home at the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation Territory. Assistant professor of Environmental Humanities at FGCU Eric Otto has accepted the Center's invitation to take Swamp's place as a panelist. His research focuses on reading literature and culture from the perspective of environmental philosophy.

The Center staff and University community will reflect on Chief Swamp at a "University Earth Charter Tree" planting ceremony on the FGCU campus. Swamp originally agreed to lead the native-inspired "Tree of Peace" planting ceremony as well as speak on environmental and social awareness. The modified event will continue in his honor in front of Academic Building 7 at noon on Friday, Nov. 5.

All events during FGCU's Earth Charter +10 Week are free and open to the public.

For additional events or directions to FGCU contact the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at (239) 590-7492 or visit

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