21st June 2012
In 1992 I was one year old, I was learning to be a person, walk, talk, eat etc. I had no idea that there was an Earth summit or even a UN. Something that I did know was that there was a world out there to be explored as I learned really fast that I could jump out of the cradle un noticed. For me to think of 1992 is a life time, cause actually it has been. As I looked around yesterday in the Rio+20 conference I could not feel sad or happy. It’s pretty clear that our leaders have failed us again to bring commitment and urgency to the table. But are we surprised? Is it better to have hope or to always expect less?
Even after participating in three UN Conferences I still have hope on the process. I may be a fool with hope but I do believe that we need to have a global table of negotiations. But if we constantly fail how do we keep the hope up?
On June 21st a group of young and old marched outside of the Rio+20 Conference and said “the future we want is not found here, the future we want is not found here”. Indeed the future we want is not there and it has not been lack of commitment, dedication, lobbying and action from Civil Society, NGOs and Mayor Groups.
In the end this is what brings me hope, to know that there are people speaking up, people in Rio desperately screaming for action, people all over the world acting and watching what is happening here, people creating the future they want without waiting for the UN, passionate people…
And in the end… at least partially, the future I want is here… A future were people stand up to what they believe in, a future with united groups, a future where we collaborate with international people, a future with passion and action.