- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
- Submission Document: Not available
- Additional Document:
World Team Now would like to have an extension to contribute the ideas and hopefully allow more time for public comment. We are committed to gaining global policy for renewable energy and that is enforceable and continues on the frame of the Kyoto Protocol.
Here are some other initial thoughts but we request more to time to address:
The 1992 Rio Summit was fundamental in making the linkages between social issues,
Environmental protection and economic prosperity. We are concerned with how humanity lives in better balance with our resources. We call for a binding agreement to inspire national government¡¦s energy policy.
-The UN should be more vigorous in delivering water purification technology to those populations that lack safe drinking water. Consider that solar water purification technology has made great advances in recent years.
-The UN should broker agreements with the major oil producing and mining companies to deal equably with those Nations where oil drilling and mining for gold and other precious metals is anticipated. In addition,
they should employ sustainable technology and practices that do not leave polluted water and wastelands
_The UN could play a stronger role in dispelling the objection that addressing climate change is a drag on economies by sponsoring on the ground programs to demonstrate otherwise -- both in poor and rich settings.
For instance, how about sponsoring EV charging infrastructure on the Pan American Highway to provide EV charging from Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, and other
Next year, June 4th hopefully we all will be back in Rio+20 for the United Nations¡¦ Earth Summit 2012 to continue what was started many years ago . What is a ¡§life call¡¨ for transformation within many of us being stewards of our earth may finally become important enough to motivate our world leaders to agree on strong global policy that supports our collective environment, for humanity, and our future.
It was a life changing significant journey for many of us who attended The Earth Summit/Global Forum in Rio De Janeiro, in 1992. I wish I could capture the energy in this room and bottle it,¡¨ said Olivia Newton-John at a press conference. It further ignited a collective spark that fueled the fire inside of many activists, leaders indeed, all of us who made it to Rio, and continued on the environmental path!
We all laugh at the acronym UNCED, thinking much is un-said but there were significant achievements to come out of Rio with Agenda 21, The Climate Change Treaty which gave way to the Climate Convention (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC). This was where the Biodiversityand Desertification Conventions got legs. There was the Rio Declaration, for more on the history of the Earth Summit, click here.
During this year long road to Rio+20 World Team Now will be focused on renewable energy and policy, with on the ground projects to demonstrate what is possible. To read about some coverage of recent renewable energy projects click here. Or be inspired by Googles solar energy goal to go viral, and make solar affordable for us all. The scientists are our real heros, and most are behind the scenes quietly doing their research without the eyes of the world on them. Several of the organization partners in the campaign Tck, Tck, Tck including World Team Now, believe in 100% reliance on renewable energy in the future. What once seemed impossible, like putting a man on the moon, becomes possible with bold declarations and commitment to execution.
World Team Now will also share some of the original video, stories and information from Rio 1992 when Suzanne Maxx wore multiple hats; a speaker, a performer, activist, journalist, and videographer for Jerry Brown (who was then running for President of the USA). In the footage, we follow a VIP entourage that included many people deeply respected. Our goal is to encourage all to participate now and wear the hat of being a citizen of our world committed to living in better balance with our resources.
If all of us, the people of the world push for global political will to drive towards united commitment, transformation can happen. On the eve of World Environment Day this is an invitation to join World Team Now virtually; from the past into our future, as we invite all to be present in whatever way possible next year at the reunion in Rio.
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