Rio +20 : Globalize Hope

Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Rio +20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in Brazil, in June 2012.

The event’s purpose is to focus on economic and social ways to build a sustainable future for peasants and traditional peoples whom are disadvantaged as a result of the capitalist system. In other words, the discussion will revolve around ways to improve international cooperation. This will be done to achieve sustainable development in regards to elite monetary decisions.

Via Campesina, an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, farmers and agricultural workers, participates in this social movement by gathering member organizations to compile struggles all over the world as means of demonstrating their solidarity to the governments that will be attending the Rio +20 meeting.

“Each struggle, each act of resistance, each territory that we retake should be the expression of this global unity in the face of the advance of the capitalist system over nature”(Via Campesina, 2012).

Via Campesina also calls for action at the People’s Summit for permanent mobilization going through the week of June 18 to 22 to express the fight against capitalism by organizing actions throughout the world such as marches in the cities, media campaigns, film showings and so on.

This is a call for action for those whom are living under norms that do not respect human rights. This is also a call for us, the “lucky ones”, to allow the next generations to come, our children and our grandchildren, to live in a sustainable future.


1. United Nations. Rio +20: The Future We Want. Web. 9 May 2012. Web.\

2. La Via Campesina. Rio +20 : International Campaign of Struggles: Peoples of the World against Commodification of nature. 9 May 2012. Web.


1 Response to “Rio +20 : Globalize Hope”

  1. 1 SteveSalmony (@SteveSalmony) June 2, 2012 at 08:40

    If we agree to “think globally”, it becomes evident that riveting attention on GROWTH could be a grave mistake because we are denying how economic and population growth in the communities in which we live cannot continue as it has until now. Each village’s resources are being dissipated, each town’s environment degraded and every city’s fitness as place for our children to inhabit is being threatened. To proclaim something like, ‘the meat of any community plan for the future is, of course, growth’ fails to acknowledge that many villages, towns and cities are already ‘built out’, and also ‘filled in’ with people. If the quality of life we enjoy now is to be maintained for the children, then limits on economic and population growth will have to be set. By so doing, we choose to “act locally” and sustainably.

    More economic and population growth are no longer sustainable in many too many places on the surface of Earth because biological constraints and physical limitations are immutably imposed upon ever increasing human consumption, production and population activities of people in many communities where most of us reside. Inasmuch as the Earth is finite with frangible environs, there comes a point at which GROWTH is unsustainable. There is much work to done locally. But that effort cannot reasonably begin without sensibly limiting economic and population growth.

    To quote another source, “We face a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing the town’s business…..” That is a true statement. But the necessary “break with the old ways” of continous economic and population growth is not what is occurring. There is a call for a break with the old ways, but the required changes in behavior are not what is being proposed as we plan for the future. What is being proposed and continues to occur is more of the same, old business-as-usual overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities, the very activities that appear to be growing unsustainbly. More business-as-usual could soon become patently unsustainable, both locally and globally. A finite planet with the size, composition and environs of the Earth and a community with the boundaries, limited resources and wondrous climate of villages, towns and cities where we live may not be able to sustain much longer the economic and population growth that is occurring on our watch. Perhaps necessary changes away from UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH and toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized corporate enterprises are in the offing.

    Think globally while there is still time and act locally before it is too late for human action to make any difference in the clear and presently dangerous course of unfolding human-induced ecological events, both in our planetary home and in our villages, towns and cities.

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