Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
June 1992 the first Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, where countries adopted the Agenda 21 — an action plan created by the UN to rethink economic growth, social equality, fair trade business and sustainable development.
Now, in June 2012, twenty years later, the UN is again bringing together governments and international institutions at the Rio+20. The objectives of this new Summit are to reach an agreement on a range of effective measures to tackle issues of poverty, to promote economic growth in poor and emerging countries and to support and encourage a more sustainable and fair use of world resources.
This summit is an opportunity to carry out an assessment of what countries have been doing to maintain the commitments they undertook twenty years ago. Although we have come a long way in making progress regarding fair trade in business, social equality and sustainable development, many problems remain. Financial crises and political issues in Europe are giving rise to uncertain economic growth, and we still have a long way to go to achieve clean energy and sustainable development.
In my view it’s very good that governments and institutions discuss about theses important issues, but people like you and me should also think about and do something to help the environment. Simple gestures that we can do everyday are fundamental for the environment, like saving water while having a shower, brushing our teeth, gardening, etc. We can also contribute to saving energy, buying locally produced goods, recycling…there are so many things that we can do in our everyday lives! Let’s do it!