That’s what I thought when I first heard about Rio+20. Anyone remember the 1992 Earth Summit held in Rio De Janiero, Brazil? I was 10 years old, so umm, I don’t. But 20 years later (i.e. Rio+20), my eyes and ears are wide open.
As a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit, the Rio+20 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development will host world leaders and thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, and various NGOs for the purpose of finding solutions to tough issues such as; how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet? How can we create the future we want? This is truly a global conversation and a monumental event and I’m excited to say that CEC is ready to join in!
Along with my colleague, Kate Graham, I have jumped on an exciting opportunity to join a small team of young professionals from Grand Junction who will be traveling to Brazil next week for Rio+ 20!
While in Rio we will be actively conducting interviews for a short film documentary (working title Voices of Rio) focused on educating and activating a Colorado-based viewership. On the one hand, we know that Colorado and CEC are leading the charge for sustainable development working to protect our air, water and wilderness. On the other, we know that we can be doing more!
We want to ensure we are playing our part by engaging in global conversations on important issues such as climate change, clean water, smart growth, environmental justice and MANY more relevant topics to Colorado and the world. In conducting interviews our goal is to identify and address the challenges we face in Colorado and the United States that stifles our active participation in the global movement for a sustainable future. In juxtaposing international and regional outcomes during the past 20 years, we aim to pinpoint the root cause(s) of inaction, and catalyze our viewership to chart a new path toward progress and sustainable change.
Throughout this VERY unique and exciting week, the world will be tweeting, posting, and blogging and so will we! Won’t you join us?
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