Author Archives: Rio Matters

Rio+20 Day 2: A Storify Recap

See any events or details missing? Leave a comment with your suggestion! As always, you can also reach Rio Matters by Twitter or Facebook. Check back tomorrow for a recap of Day 3! On the agenda today are “roundtables” among heads of state to discuss how to implement the much-criticized Rio 20 agreement released on Tuesday. Of particular […]

The Case for EU Leadership on Global Climate Change (By Eva Yu)

Following the unsuccessful UN negotiations at COP15 in 2009, Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) met with the US to draft an agreement to address climate change. These states signed a non-binding arrangement to keep global warming to two degrees but neglected to set targets for cuts in carbon emissions. The multilateral backroom deal […]

Rio+20 Day 1: A Storify Recap

See any events or details missing? Leave a comment with your suggestion! As always, you can also reach Rio Matters by Twitter or Facebook. Check back tomorrow for a recap of Day 2! For some background on Rio 20, see this excellent Q&A with The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts Q&A: Rio 20 Earth summit | Environment | guardian.co.uk […]

1 Liter of Light at Rio+20

Aside from the policy discussions among top-level  government officials at Rio+20, this week’s summit provides a valuable venue for thousands of non-governmental participants to connect, share their ideas and forge crucial partnerships. Rio Matters caught up with Illac Diaz of 1 Liter of Light, whose work we spotlighted earlier this month, to talk about his […]

Q&A with Oceonographer & Activist Fabien Cousteau at Rio+Social

“Our mission is to shut our doors as a nonprofit.” -Fabien Cousteau, Founder of Plant A Fish; raised in a family tradition of ocean exploration. Plant A Fish takes a grassroots approach to addressing ocean degradation; we’re here at a summit of government leaders and global institutions. What’s the connection? The difference between the Plant A Fish […]

A Louder Voice for Civil Society at Rio+20? Interview with Kiara Worth (By Rahul Daswani)

Since the creation of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in 1992, nine major groups of civil society have been given important roles to play as partners in sustainable development. I got to speak with Kiara Worth, the Organizing Partner for the UN Commission for Sustainable Development Major Group for Children and Youth, ahead of the Rio+20 summit to discuss her […]

Q&A with Purpose’s Alnoor Ladha at Rio+Social

“Social media is inherently superficial; structural problems are inherently complex.” -Alnoor Ladha, Founder of Purpose and The Rules, a new global movement to address the sources of poverty. Why change The Rules? Most of the structures to date that create rules are post-World War II institutions, they were created for a very different world, for […]