Follow the work of the SustainUS Rio+20 delegates as we head to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 Earth Summit June 2012. This event will draw thousands to Brazil to examine how we can better address the coupled ecological and social crises that confront the world. SustainUS has followed these negotiations closely in our effort to advance sustainable development and enable youth engagement in these forums.
Last week, at the third round of "informal-informal" Negotiations for Rio+20, SustainUS released the second edition of its A Future Uncompromised policy briefs on sustainable development. The latest edition covers six key issues for Rio+20: strengthening UNEP, measuring and assessing prosperity, peace and conflict, water resources, sexual and reproductive rights, and fossil fuel subsidies. In addition to highlighting prior commitments by Member States and reflecting on the current state of negotiations, the briefs outline a selection of SustainUS's policy recommendations for Rio+20.
SustainUS is proud to recognize its four members who were just named Udall Scholars.
The Udall Scholarship is given to undergraduate college students in their sophomore or junior years who are committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care.
The following members received the Udall Scholarship: Abigail R. Borah, Rachel G. Briggs, Christopher ‘Kit’ B. Dobyns, and Ashley E. Eberhart.
Check out SustainUS Chair Ellie's new piece in Grist -- "Speak up! Young people need to be heard at the Earth Summit!"
Next month, the United Nations will hold a mega-conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — the Earth Summit, aka Rio+20. In addition to being an international Who’s Who of over 130 heads of state and leaders in sustainable development, it will also be a chance for young people to assert the urgency of the challenges we face and seize the opportunities presented to our generation to address them.
Yeah, I know you’re probably still sour about the last global enviro conference that made headlines — the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations. I understand that bitterness. I was there, a senior in college then, all wide-eyed and hopped up on hope. But in preparing to attend the Earth Summit with other youth leaders, I come with renewed enthusiasm that this conference will be different. Read more...
For the past couple years we have seen our economic system being thrown into upheaval as economies waver. Following up on the piece by SustainUS members in the New York Time's Dot Earth last week about the two recent conferences on new economics -- one a youth conference at Harvard, the other a UN conference -- Ethan Case, SustainUS Steering Committee member, discusses this building movement for new forms of economics on the popular environmental blog Grist.