Kilometers of press releases drafted. Hundreds of preparatory meetings convened. Thousands of strategies revised. All this is happening in the lead-up to the 2012 Earth Summit, when 50,000 people will descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to convey their vision of sustainable development to global leaders.
It seems an odd way to have a conversation about sustainable development: to get to the Rio+20 conference Worldwatch’s team here in Rio de Janeiro has to spend an hour or more in buses or taxis. Like most of the other attendees, we’re staying in a reasonably central location while the main conference hall is … Continue Reading ››
CEP and Heinrich Boell are working to elevate women in discussions of sustainable development. (Photo … Continue Reading ››
On June 11, Worldwatch’s Brazilian publisher Eduardo Athayde and Senior Researcher Michael Renner presented State of the World 2012 at the Instituto Ethos’ annual conference in São Paulo. During the plenary session of the first day of the conference, Renner and Athayde offered a preview of Estado do Mundo 2012: Rumo à Prosperidade … Continue Reading ››
This past week the European Edition of The Wall Street Journal published my op-ed of recommendations to the new French President, François Hollande, on how he can still prioritize short-term growth but in … Continue Reading ››
Crossposted from Women Deliver.
The Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project is collaborating with Women Deliver to highlight the important role of women, youth, and reproductive and sexual rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.
Ivens Reiner discusses the importance of … Continue Reading ››
As official delegations and representatives of civil society head to Brazil for the much-anticipated Rio+20 conference, a question that’s on everyone’s mind is: what does a sustainable economy look like? Naturally, opinions vary. Some see salvation in green growth, others argue that structural, not just technological, change is needed—indeed that fundamental cultural change … Continue Reading ››
Twenty years after the United Nations held an unprecedented environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro, political leaders, concerned citizens and scientists are returning to Rio for the Earth Summit, with the ambition to agree on principles that will mitigate the damaging effects of climate change. Rio+20, as the summit is also known, will run … Continue Reading ››
In Worldwatch’s State of the World 2012, author Eric Belsky argues that “governments must be proactive rather than reactive in addressing slums and the growth of urban poverty.” Worldwide, more than 800 million people live in slums, where they often lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation and face crowded living conditions, high … Continue Reading ››