02 May '12, 6pm

Speak up! Young people need to be heard at the Earth Summit

Speak up! Young people need to be heard at the Earth Summit

Next month, the United Nations will hold a mega-conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — the Earth Summit, aka Rio+20 . In addition to being an international Who’s Who of over 130 heads of state and leaders in sustainable development, it will also be a chance for young people to assert the urgency of the challenges we face and seize the opportunities presented to our generation to address them. Yeah, I know you’re probably still sour about the last global enviro conference that made headlines — the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations . I understand that bitterness. I was there , a senior in college then, all wide-eyed and hopped up on hope. But in preparing to attend the Earth Summit with other youth leaders, I come with renewed enthusiasm that this conference will be different. For one, we are all a little more sober heading into Rio+20. Few anticipate that it will produce...

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