The Global Alliance is planning to be an active, visible voice at Rio+20. We need your support. We are looking to raise an additional $12,000 to fund our participation in Rio.
We invite you to listen to Robin’s 3 ½ minute video about our plans for Rio.
Youtube video at http://youtu.be/k3-_D6lgGaA
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Why Rio+20? Why Now?
The United Nations and Member States have shown their hand for Rio+20 and beyond. The course they are on will not get us to a sustainable future. In fact, scientists have assessed the results from the Durban UN COP 17 in December 2011 as putting us further on course for accelerated global warming. It is up to us and Civil Society to set the course for a sustainable future. We cannot wait for government to set the course. We the People must do that now.
Our intention is to be a visible force both at the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit and the parallel Peoples’ Summit – speaking as a voice for our Earth Community. The people and organizations we are connecting with are ready to re-chart the course. The goal of our bold participation is to reset the trim tab to steer the course defining Rights of Nature, Rights of Mother Earth as the Foundation for Sustainability.
Global Alliance Events at Rio+20
The next Earth Summit Rio +20 — officially named the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development — will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June. It takes place twenty years after the first historic summit in Rio in 1992. Over 50,000 accredited participants are expected to participate in what is anticipated to be the largest event in the history of the UN. The Peoples’ Summit organized by civil society will run in parallel to the formal UN Earth Summit in Rio.
The Global Alliance will co-host a set of events advocating Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth including high profile Universal Declaration for Rights of Mother Earth signing events. We are pleased to announce that the UN has confirmed our Rights of Nature: the Foundation for Sustainability Dialogue and Signing Event for Sunday 17 June 2012 at 9:30am-11:00am in RioCentro, the main venue for the Rio+20 conference. We have also proposed a parallel event for the People’s Summit in Flammingo Park, the site of a similar civil society summit at the 1992 Earth Summit. Panelists will include leading global advocates for Rights of Mother Earth/Rights of Nature. Among them are Dr. Vandana Shiva, Cormac Cullinan, Natailia Greene, Tom Goldtooth, Pablo Solon, Nnimmo Bassey, Linda Sheehan and Shannon Biggs.
We have a bold vision to deliver 1,000,000 signatures in support of Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth at the Earth Summit. Petitions are being signed around the world on every continent. In India, Vandana Shiva and Navdanya have gathered over 100,000 signatures.
Are you planning to be at Rio+20? Watch for calendar updates at Rights of Nature Calendar for Rio+20 and join us! If you know of Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth related events we should participate in and promote, please contact us at nature@theRightsofNature.org.