Tag Archives: Sustainable development

Future We Want and Rio + 20 at Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

The Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro  is hosting exhibits in conjunction with Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development. In this exhibit Brazilian notables – from artists to authors and models – and ordinary people come together to talk about the future they want. Museum-goers are also encouraged to share the future they want and post them on the walls of the exhibit.

Photos: Jennifer James

Rio + 20: How Rio is Upgrading Its Urban Slums

Even while staying in Copacabana instead of Barra where most of the Rio + 20 activities are happening this week there is still ample opportunity to learn new things about sustainable development.

I ran across this interesting exhibit made of milk crates in Copacabana an hour ago that drew attention to Rio’s Morar Carioca Programme.

What Morar Carioca has done since July 2010 is upgrade the urban slums in Rio. The program will last until 2020 fueled by an investment of 8 billion reais and will benefit 280,000 households.

Inside the exhibit I learned that  Rio de Janeiro considered climate change and opted for environmentally responsible solutions to address slum urbanization.  The exhibit laid out the plan in detail.

There will be resizing of the sewer and drain network. We all know how important sanitation is to global health. Additionally, new residential buildings will be made of sustainable materials.

Photos: Jennifer James

Join Moms Groups for a 30-Minute Chat About the Earth Summit

Chat Details

What: 30-Minute Chat About Sustainability with Million Moms Challenge, Moms Rising, Moms Clean Air Force, Mom Bloggers for Social Good with experts: Aaron Sherinian and Richenda Van Leeuwen
Where: Million Moms Challenge
When: 1 – 1:30 PM EST

This is an extremely important month! Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as the Earth Summit) will take place in Rio de Janeiro between June 20 – 22. This is a critical global conference as important decisions and discussions will take place around issues of sustainability from our waters and oceans to food, women and the green economy. This is a cricial time for the future of our planet and the ways in which we all live and work with the environment.

Tomorrow from 1 – 1:30 PM EST I will participate as a co-host for a 30-minute chat about important sustainability issues as we lead up to Rio + 20. The chat will take place over at Million Moms Challenge as they lead the discussion. Other co-hosts are Moms Rising and Moms Clean Air Force.

We will be chatting with Aaron Sherinian, Vice-President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and Richenda Van Leeuwen, Senior Director of UNF’s Energy & Climate team, for a briefing on key issues and why moms need to take interest in Rio+20 outcomes.

Share Your Voice for Rio + 20 in the 6-Minute Speech Project

Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, is quickly approaching and the UN Foundation wants to deliver our collective voices during the conference in its 6-Minute Speech Project. We all know the power of social media and crowdsourcing. It allows ordinary, everyday people’s voices to be heard and scaled at proportions unheard of in the past.

At the first Earth Summit 20 years a young 12-year-old girl made a 6-minute speech that changed the world. Now in 2012 we have the  collective power to make our own speech that is just as impactful as hers. If you care about the earth and its future, women, youth, access to clean water and sanitation, energy, food production, and our oceans be a part of this global conversation through Twitter, Facebook, video and photography.

How Can You Become a Part of the 6-Minute Speech Project?

  • Tweet, post on Facebook, create a video or submit a photograph about sustainable development and what you want for your and the earth’s future.
  • Tag your posts with the following hashtags: # RIOPLUSENERGY; #RIOPLUSFOOD; #RIOPLUSCITIES; #RIOPLUSWATER; #RIOPLUSWORK; #RIOPLUSOCEANS; #RIOPLUS6mins; #RIOPLUSWOMEN; #RIOPLUSSOCIAL

A team of experts will compile all of the submissions into a story on Storify and present it during Rio+ Social and on the web.

Submission deadline is June 10.

Visit rioplussocial.com.br for more information.

Women Rights and Rio+20

Yesterday the Gates Foundation published my latest piece on their blog Impatient Optimists: A Push for Women’s Rights at Rio+20. The piece discusses the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in June and the demands the Women’s Major Group has set in place for the conference.

Women are seeking rights-based improvements that will benefit women, especially women living in poverty, in developing countries. For food, energy, water and sanitation the Women’s Major Group listed these amended negotiations.

Watch the Women’s Major Group intervention on Tuesday May 30th at Rio+20 informals in New York, delivered by Rosa Lizarde of the Feminist Task Force.

Join the Rio+20 Women for Sustainable Future community.

Photo Credit: women-rio20.ning.com