The world’s ecological footprint exceeded its biocapacity by 50 percent in 2008. This means it takes 18 months for the Earth to regenerate the renewable resources that people have used in the 12 months (Living Planet Report 2012 by WWF). Helping to reverse this collision course between humans and nature is a new challenge for most national politicians, but even more for urban politicians, planners and managers, and for architects, civil engineers and city dwellers. Even though Rio+20 did not deliver the necessary framework for this transition it was one of the key topics at the Earth Summit. Many promising solutions and initiatives were shared and discussed. [Read more →]
June 26, 2012 Comments Off on In the Future We Want there are cities that fit in the capacity of one planet
The high-level segment of the Earth Summit in Rio has started. Unfortunately, the urge to deliver a final text has led to an across-the-board loss of meaningful proposals. Governments but especially civil society are very concerned that the Rio+20 outcomes will not only lack ambition but remains far behind of what is needed to save our planet. Experts ask: is it destined to fail the world? And 17-year old Brittany Trilford asks delegates in her speech: Will you save face, or save us? But there is good news that is hardly told to the outside world: there is an inspiring, engaging and passionate spirit in most side events here in Rio. [Read more →]
June 21, 2012 Comments Off on In the Future We Want there is access to sustainable energy for all
At the end of the last Prep Com in Rio there is still no substance or clarification on the concept of Green Economy. We believe that apart from the necessary debate about implied principles and values we need concrete policy approaches that show what we actually mean with this term.
June 15, 2012 Comments Off on Rio+20: The need for a political framework for a green economy