Another Voice from Rio+20:

This worldwide gathering of 50,000 people holds great possibilities as it calls for the eradication of poverty, decent jobs, women’s leadership, creation of a sustainable society, jobs for youth, and respect for the wisdom of indigenous people. We can appreciate the outcome document, “The Future We Want”, as a starting point for the journey ahead.  Many citizens’ groups, communities, towns and cities already are developing sustainable practices that are shared on the internet; those countries committed to their 1997 Kyoto Protocol pledge to reduce greenhouse gases are realizing economic benefits from their efforts.

But to put in the effort needed to save our planet, the UN speaks of a transformation that needs to take place. Are we willing to change our consumption patterns? Will our sense of entitlement keep us from opening ourselves to the rights of Mother Earth? Can we change our habits of excess to ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’? Economists are calling for a transformation of the global economy, describing the global economic crisis as “an opportunity for significant reforms”. Our infinite growth economy based on the GDP is in conflict with Earth’s finite resources.

“We recognize that people are at the centre of sustainable development and in this regard we strive for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and we commit to work together to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection and thereby to benefit all.”  “The Future We Want”, pg. 6.

–Kathleen Ries CSA —