Rio+20. "NATURE DOES NOT WAIT"

2012-06-21 19:31

Rio+20 Earth Summit, is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. In 1992 global leaders set the tone for sustainable development at the Earth Summit to address environmental destruction, protect and preserve natural resources and balance the inequalities and unevenness in human living conditions.

Finding a roadmap to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all is proving to be very complex.

To quote, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations (UN) secretary-general: “Let me be frank: Our efforts have not lived up to the measure of the challenge. Nature does not wait. Nature does not negotiate with human beings”.

While World leaders are concentrating on the global economic slowdown and the debt crisis in Europe very little attention is aimed at Sustainable Development.

Although there is evidence and general concurrence that human behaviour and actions are causing climate change to happen much more rapidly than it naturally would, nothing constructively is being done to reverse or slow down the process.

Despite years of endless dreadful warnings regarding water shortages, environmental degradation, pollution and climate change we have hardly modified our lifestyle to preserve and protect the climate and natural resources to avert a catastrophe from taking place.

Energy and resource conservation should be the focal point and concern of global leaders as future wars will be over fresh water and not oil.

In this regard may I suggest the book, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. Carson through her writing creates awareness about the harms of aerosols, chemicals, pesticides and the need for science to work in harmony with the natural world and environment.

For real change to come about for sustainable development and improved sustainability outcomes, we need to walk the talk and move beyond conferences, talks and having huge campaigns on awareness days.

I would like to humbly appeal to the mass media to support initiatives and programmes that are intended to advance media coverage of climate change and sustainable development issues.

“You have 72 hours to decide the fate of your children, my children, my children’s children. And I start the clock now. Tick, tick, tick”  to quote 17-year-old Brittany Trilford of Wellington, New Zealand.

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