Our failure to share resources has resulted in severe social
consequences which cannot be divorced from any discussion about the
environment. The most pragmatic way to address both these crises is to share the world's resources more equitably and sustainably, argues Rajesh Makwana
This is the Final Declaration of the Peoples’ Summit for Social and Environmental Justice (in defense of the commons, against the commodification of life), held in Rio de Janeiro, 15 to 22 June 2012, as translated by Google from the original Portugese language Declaration.
justice and social justice go hand in hand and should be tackled
simultaneously in the framework of a new globalization. The
challenge is not only to re-design existing social protection
systems, but also to re-conceptualize social protection and to do this
with climate justice in mind, argues Francine Mestrum.
How can we create an economy that serves the health and well-being of both people and the planet? The real conflict is not between humans and nature.
It is between current and future human generations. Follow the Earth’s lead, says David Korten.
The Occupy/15M movement in Rio de Janeiro, along with allies from
across Brazil and the world, are planning to Occupy the coming Rio+20
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (the Earth Summit)
on June 20-22.
A big breakthrough to tackle the world’s environmental and
economic crises is now beyond the reach of the Rio+20 Summit. But it can
still be a success if it reaffirms old commitments and launches new
processes to strengthen institutions and to initiate new goals and
action plans, says Martin Khor.