On May 29th, U.N. General Secretary Ban ki Moon gave an encouraging speech in the context of the last set of Informal-Informals that took place before Rio+20. He reminded the world how Rio+20 is a once in a generation opportunity and how it is the beginning of a new process to change paradigms for a dynamic, fair, and sustainable development. Secretary General called all countries to put all their efforts on working on a concise outcome document that can meet the Planet’s expectations because this time work is a shared responsibility and a shared opportunity.
He presented his perspective on what the outcome of the conference should be:
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This process might be one of the most important deliverables if they manage to integrate the three
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…
At the US-Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development March 24-25, I facilitated a group discussion on metrics and indicators for measuring progress toward sustainable development goals. Indicators and targets are mentioned throughout the “Zero Draft” document titled “The Future We Want,” a 19-page document that distills over 6,000 some pages of viewpoints from member states and major groups. This document has been serving as the basis for negotiations, and hopefully will be adopted as some sort of “outcome document” at the Earth Summit in Rio this June.
Graduation time is always both exciting and hectic for university administrators. In our office (Admissions & Financial Aid), we don’t have a main role in graduation activities except to help support (this year, we got to shuttle and hand off instruments to a group of our students who played a song during the ceremony, pass out fancy Yale blue rain ponchos to guests of graduates to stay dry in the well-timed downpours, and offer our congratulations to all of our amazing grads). However, as we say goodbye to the graduating class, we are still working with incoming students for the Fall 2012 term, and already thinking about our future admission cycle and planning recruitment events for the Fall! It is sort of fun at this time of year for us…
One of the most common questions we get here in admissions (from both prospective and admitted students) is “What do your graduates do after graduation?” This is a very important question, and knowing whether or not our Masters programs will set you up to help meet your career goals is not only an important factor for us to consider as part of the admissions process, but also for you to consider when evaluating what program is right for you!
Here at F&ES, CDO, or the Career Development Office, is wonderful. Not only do they provide services to our current students to make them competitive in the job market, but they also continue to advise and help our alumni post-graduation. They help make connections, they provide training to build skill…
We have an annual tradition here at F&ES going back to our first graduating class in 1902: class pictures! Thought you might enjoy seeing some of our graduates throughout the years. See if you can find some of our famous grads!
This week included, there are only four more weeks of classes left in the final semester of the 2011-2012 year!
Acknowledging this fact naturally creates a surge of mixed feelings. Just like so many others, I am looking forward to the approaching summer. It implies a change of scenery, change of daily routine, and a potentially cool internship experience to look forward to. On the other hand, it is easy to worry about not having made the best use of your semester. But, as I have found out, making the most of each semester is easy when you are surrounded by motivated peers, active extracurricular groups and interesting opportunities everyday.
As mentioned in my last post, I was able to engage myself more in school activities
Any aspiring environmental writers out there? Here’s a chance to make a little money and support our very own SAGE magazine…
The student-run SAGE Magazine is sponsoring its first annual Young Environmental Writers Contest.
The magazine is accepting essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing and excerpts from longer works. The contest is intended to generate debate on emerging topics in the environment, natural resources and sustainable living, according to co-editor-in-chief Aaron Reuben.
First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Finalists will be published online and possibly in the annual print publication.
An independent panel of judges will make final selections: author Bill McKibben; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker; Steve Hawk, executive editor of Sierra…