“Rio+20 Earth summit is too important to fail – Ban ki-Moon”
As Governments, Businesses and NGO-activists meet in Rio De Janeiro from June 20-22, the whole world waits with bated breath on what will the outcome be. The track record of climate change meetings hasn’t been so great but there is hope. There is hope that nations will raise above politics and move towards embracing Sustainable Development. There is hope that the businesses – some of them with revenues dwarfing the GDPs of some countries – will commit themselves to growing without impacting the earth so much. Above all, there is hope that mankind will knock some sense into themselves and put forward steps to grow sustainably.
20 years ago, the first Rio conference happened and the term ‘Sustainable Development’ came to the global conscience. Although not a spectacular success, this conference initiated the steps towards some concrete actions towards Sustainability. Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.
This edition of Carbon Chronicles captures the mood leading up to Rio+20. Some optimistic views and some not so optimistic views. Let’s wait and watch and hope that sense prevails in the world.
With lots of hope,
Team Carbon Chronicles,