Civil society, business leaders and politicians at last
appear to be united on sustainable development - if only to
express their disappointment with the outcome of the Rio+20
Following contentious negotiations, many have dismissed
the final declaration for showing little progress on important
issues and an absence of significant commitments.
We are already consuming 50% more than the planet can replenish
and we have to cut up to 40% of gas emissions causing the
greenhouse effect so that the global average temperature does not
rise more than 2°C. Yet millions continue to live on less than
$1.50 a day.
Our goal for the Rio Earth Summit was to secure a future that
puts sustainable consumption, production and development at its
Ten paths to sustainable consumption
Together with consumer groups around the world we endorsed a set
of 10 practical policy
changes that governments could have implemented if they wanted
to see the rhetoric of Rio become a reality.
In consulation with our members we also put forward a specific
recommendations that the global consumer movement wanted to see
in the final Rio agreement text.
CI's Bjarne Pedersen has also spoken about the importance of Earth Summit 2012.