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"Cloud" Records over 200 Commitments to Sustainability at Rio+20 Earth Summit

Posted June 25, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Government leaders, representatives from the private sector and the NGO community have returned home after the two-week long set of activities marking the Rio+20 Earth Summit. This once-in-a-generation meeting of world leaders marked a critical time for our planet as...continued

New Platform to Track the "Cloud of Commitments" from Rio+20 Earth Summit

Posted June 20, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Ninety-eight heads of state and government are addressing the world from Rio de Janeiro over the next three days about how we are going to protect our planetary home for the next three generations and more. Will our leaders commit...continued

What Can Premier Wen Do For the Climate at Rio+20

Posted June 7, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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This post is co-authored with Dr. Yang Fuqiang, Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy at NRDC, Beijing. In less than two weeks, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will join as many as 135 heads of state and 50,000 participants at the...continued

From Webcam to World Leaders: A New Voice at Rio for the Facebook Generation

Posted May 24, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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We can’t make the future with what we did in the past. I mean that is ridiculous, isn’t it? The past actions are what caused the problems in the first place. We need innovation and imagination. So says 17-year...continued

You Can't Make Sushi with Lasagna: A Potluck Approach to Rio+20

Posted May 11, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Imagine you are trying to come up with the perfect recipe for a summer solstice party you’re hosting with 193 friends. The caveat: each guest insists on picking one ingredient to include in the final dish, and your guests are...continued

Challenge to Young Thought Leaders: Can You Silence the World at Rio+20 this June?

Posted April 17, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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I’ve blogged extensively about why my generation has a crucial stake in the outcomes of Earth Summit 2012 this June (here, here, here...). If young people don’t raise our collective voices now, nations will spend the next two months arguing...continued

Turning Rio+20 into Kony 2012: Sustainable Development for the Facebook Generation

Posted April 9, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you probably have seen or heard about the Kony 2012 video. People posted the video on Facebook and tweeted it to their followers, generating a staggering...continued

22 World Leaders' Vision of Sustainable Development and Rio+20: Green Jobs and Youth in Resilient People, Resilient Planet

Posted January 30, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Following a stale round of Rio+20 negotiations last week, the long-awaited report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability released today provides the much-needed vision that has so far eluded negotiators. Rather than a bibliography of UN conference...continued

Can the Earth Summit deliver an Action-oriented "Rio for twenty-somethings"?

Posted January 27, 2012 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Over the last three days here at the UN in New York City, I have heard a lot of criticisms of the “zero” draft outcome document for the June Rio+20 Earth Summit. Countries have passionately lambasted its lack of “vision”,...continued

Green Jobs for Youth: Recommendations for the Earth Summit

Posted December 15, 2011 by Michael Davidson in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Unemployment and underemployment are major concerns for youth around the world. The global economic downturn hit youth disproportionately hard, and even today, youth are three times more likely to be out of a job than adults. The Rio+20 Earth Summit...continued

Saving Ourselves from the Status Quo: Youth around the World Stand Up for the Earth and their Future

Posted October 26, 2011 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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One block from my office in Washington, DC, young people frustrated by the lack of accountability and democracy in corporate America have gathered to demand and demonstrate change. I hear many voices of my generation as I walk through McPherson...continued

1,400 Young People Demand Results at Earth Summit: Will Governments Listen?

Posted October 6, 2011 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Over 1,400 young people descended on Indonesia last week in the biggest youth gathering on the Race to Rio yet. Coming from 118 different countries, it was also the most global gathering. With the Rio+20 Earth Summit just nine months...continued

China's New Solar Directive Looks to Rapidly Scale Up Deployment by 2015

Posted August 9, 2011 by Michael Davidson in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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The sun may be shining a little brighter in China for the rest of the year, as the country’s solar industry gets a shot in the arm with its first-ever nationwide solar PV feed-in-tariff (or FIT) enacted this week. In...continued

One Year to Earth Summit 2012: A New Generation Goes to Rio

Posted June 6, 2011 by Michael Davidson in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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One year from this week, government leaders, civil society members and representatives of the business community will meet in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the future of the planet. The Earth Summit (also called Rio+20 after the first such global...continued

Greening China through International Cooperation and Improved Transparency: Some Recent Talks

Posted April 14, 2011 by Michael Davidson in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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Everyone is interested in what China’s doing on environment these days. I spoke to a group of environmental law students at Tulane University on what China is doing on climate and energy, and they wanted to know how China is...continued

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