The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, will be held in Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22 to assess the implementation of the resolutions of the Earth Summit of 1992, writes Don de Silva, a journalist, environmentalist, and communications specialist.
In this article, the author writes that the Cinderella treatment most governments and the media have given the Rio+20 preparations is a cause for real concern. The banking and economic crisis has sapped the will to act on environmental issues. Governments have by and large failed to deliver on the commitments made at the 1992 Earth Summit.
Throughout the world, conflict over scarce resources is escalating rapidly. Rio+20 is a unique opportunity to make the fundamental transformational change in the way we think and live. This will require a degree of common action, beyond anything we have yet experienced or imagined. The environmental movement needs a seismic mind-shift. The usual approach of strategies, actions plans, projects and programmes has not been effective. The movement is bogged down in a mire of bureaucracy. It has to rekindle the sparks of commitment that led to the globalisation of the environmental movement.
* Don de Silva is a journalist, environmentalist, and communications specialist and the coordinator of Regional Information Programmes for the United Nations Environment Programme (firstname.lastname@example.org).
© Inter Press Service (2012) — All Rights ReservedOriginal source: Inter Press Service
Latest News Headlines
Read the latest news stories:
- Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists Saturday, May 23, 2015
- When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip Saturday, May 23, 2015
- School Gardens Combat Hunger in Argentina Saturday, May 23, 2015
- Slum-Dwelling Still a Continental Trend in Africa Friday, May 22, 2015
- Bougainville: Former War-Torn Territory Still Wary of Mining Friday, May 22, 2015
- Ethiopia’s First Film at Cannes Gives Moving View of Childhood, Gender Friday, May 22, 2015
- Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing Friday, May 22, 2015
- Opinion: Voice of Civil Society Muffled in Post-2015 Negotiations for Better Future Friday, May 22, 2015
- A Chimera in Growing Cooperation Between China and Brazil Thursday, May 21, 2015
- Germany’s Asylum Seekers – You Can't Evict a Movement Thursday, May 21, 2015