was the fact that it underscored the importance of reducing poverty and war since those two aspects alone result in so much misery and environmental destruction. Impoverished societies are often not sustainable simply because people are struggling to survive by any means available. The ecological footprint of developing nations, however, is not likely to be the size of developed ones, quite the contrary in fact! The Earth Charter seeks to provide a framework from which all societies can aspire to become more sustainable through the eradication of poverty and war.
Do the children know anyone who is lonely, angry or upset? These feelings can make someone feel separate from the rest of the group. Sometimes giving someone a card can bridge the distance between themselves and others. Invite the children to make a Peace card for someone they would like to reach out to.
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
PBS Kids has some good tips on volunteering.