09 Jun '11, 5am

1 Yr to Earth Summit 2012: A New Generation Goes to Rio - why youth should care about the #earth summit #rioplus20

One year from this week, government leaders, civil society members and representatives of the business community will meet in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the future of the planet. The Earth Summit (also called Rio+20 after the first such global event in 1992) can help lead to a more prosperous world that utilizes natural resources more efficiently and responds to the needs of the most impacted communities of environmental degradation. But only if youth help write the story, and here’s why. Rio 1992 was a watershed moment for the global environmental conscience. Treaties were signed, commissions created, and action plans drafted. Yet one of the most memorable speeches from the two-week conference was by a 12-year old girl (here’s what she’s doing now ). Now, a generation later, my generation is faced with two seemingly insurmountable challenges: the world is changing at a rat...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mdavidson/one_year_to_e...

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