Earth Charter Action Project: ECAP
ECAP is a solution-and-place-based process that involves working collaboratively to make a positive difference within your PLP group’s school(s) and/or community.
What does an Earth Charter Action Project (ECAP) entail? (see pgs 10-18 for timeframe)
STEP 1: Gather together your professional learning pod (PLP) who shares a common
geographical community and/or practicum placement.
STEP 2: Familiarize yourself with the International Earth Charter (individually/collectively).
STEP 3: Identify (in your PLP) an achievable area of focus that connects one of four Earth
Charter principles (see pgs 6-9) with a need and/or interest within your local community.
STEP 4: Research and find out as much as possible about your area(s) of focus.
What organizations, curriculum, programs, places, etc. in your community support,
address and/or contribute to your area(s) of focus?
STEP 5: Create a feasible Action Plan. Delegate roles and responsibilities within your
group in relation to the research that you have conducted in step 4. Create a timeline of
action that will allow for achievable goals and outcomes. Who in your group will do what
and when? What support will be needed by your instructors, community, mentor(s), etc.?
STEP 6: Implement your Action Plan as laid out in step 5.
STEP 7: Reflect and Apply ECAP process both collectively and individually.
STEP 8: Present ECAP process and contributions on Friday, October 7th
(last PB Yr. 6 class).
STEP 9: Consider furthering your work by endorsing Earth Charter International
STEP 10: Acknowledge ECAP contributions (October 7th)
Note: Refer to your group’s ECAP Planner for detailed guidelines and templates.
What are the criteria for a Community Action Project (CAP)?
The primary purpose of your CAP is that it responds to a tangible and valuable need or desire of your school and/or local community. Questions that help to inform specific criteria for this collective endeavour include:
- Is your CAP related to a specific social and/or environmental need or desire within your school(s) and/or geographic community?
- Does your CAP represent a collective PLP group interest – one that every member of your PLP group is interested and invested in?
- Is your CAP going to make a positive difference, benefit, or impact for your school(s) and/or community?
- Does your CAP design something (i.e. a curriculum/program/website/film clip), participate in something (i.e. help to organize a ‘Walk of the Nations’ or ‘Shoreline clean-up;), or actually implement something (i.e. a school compost collection, etc.)?
- Is your CAP achievable? Can it be meaningfully accomplished within the timeframe allotted within your courses/program?
- Is your CAP supported and endorsed by your faculty mentor?
Why is a Communitye Action Project (CAP) important in education?
CAP recognizes the important role that education has within local and global communities. VIU’s Cross Curricular Outcomes:
Multiversity – Committed to equity, inclusion, and social justice we:
- Recognize our role as educators and global citizens within ourselves, our classroom, our education system, our community, and the world around us.
- Work towards social justice and environmental stewardship.
Professionalism – As informed members of the broader educational community we:
- Engage willingly in collegial, collaborative activities.
- Acknowledge and facilitate the diversity within our educational communities.