International political negotiations are very much about power. Rio+20 is no different, but besides political power, it’s very much about electrical power as well. Electrical power is proving to be one of the major challenges of the conference. No, I don’t mean energy issues – actual electrical power.
The host country Brazil committed, in the spirit of sustainability, to holding a paperless conference. A laudable decision, certainly, and with negotiators poring over pages and pages of documents from multiple sources, using electronic documents may actually be easier. There’s just one problem – the organisers neglected to provide enough electric power outlets in the conference rooms, and with negotiations running to over twelve hours some days, laptops and even tablets quickly run out of juice.
The result has been…
Let’s speculate. What sustainability messages would Sageboy want to send to world leaders at Rio? His wish list would be pretty simple.
- Encourage the use of bicycles
- Incentivize the construction of energy efficient buildings
- Advance women’s empowerment as a way to advance sustainable development
Alas, Sageboy cannot vote and he will remain transfixed to the concrete walls of Sage Hall while over 40 F&ES students descend upon the Rio+20 Summit this week to raise their voices about which items on their sustainability wish lists they want to see become reality.
HOWEVER, you can vote on Sageboy’s recommendations and more online at: Rio+20 Dialogues: Vote for the Future you Want.
This voting campaign is part of the …
Just wanted to let you know about an exciting new resource/way to get involved as a student here at F&ES… the Yale Environment Review!
It aims to provide an authoritative source of information that bridges the gap between environmentally related academic research and its application to policy and management. Broadly accessible translations of the primary academic literature are in short supply, yet such communication is necessary for original research to influence public policy and promote more informed decision-making. YER will provide a forum for producing and disseminating concise summaries of cutting-edge research from around the world that will be of general interest to those…