02 Jul '12, 3pm

On @grist: After #rioplus20, young people push for real change:

On @grist: After #rioplus20, young people push for real change:

Young people protested at the Earth Summit in Rio last month. (Photo courtesy of Adopt a Negotiator.) There are two ways to respond when you watch the world’s leaders attempt to solve the planet’s most pressing problems and fail: You can despair or you can raise hell. After watching the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen collapse, many bright-eyed young people despaired, suffering through months of what can only be described as a “Hopenhagen” hangover. More recently, when the diplomats at the Rio+20 Earth Summit produced a policy document with all the weight of a fluffy pink cloud, we watched the cloud pass and decided to get down to business. I attended Rio+20 as the communications coordinator for SustainUS , an entirely youth-run and volunteer-led nonprofit that helps U.S. youth sort through the alphabet soup of the United Nations and push for meaningful change at conferen...

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