Category #riomatters

Q&A with Mashable’s Pete Cashmore at Rio+Social

“Increasingly we use social media as a filter, but the biggest thing we have is editorial judgment.” – Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable, the online news source on technology, social media and digital culture.  Why is greater access to digital technology and information so important for today’s societies? It fundamentally changes things, to have […]

Cities of the Past, Cities of the Future (By Michael Belinsky)

Why do cities exist? One theory holds that cities are more productive than less dense and smaller concentrations of people. The source of this productivity may result because urban concentration reduces transportation costs for goods and people. Or because proximity increases the flow of ideas. More people, more diversity, and a higher concentration means that […]

Are We Going to Sink, Swim, or Do Something About It? (By Sherry Hakimi)

In a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” the comedian Stephen Colbert mocked an issue he called “near and dear to my heart, and more importantly, near and dear to my beach house in South Carolina”– that is, the very real possibility of rising sea levels destroying coastal towns as a result of climate change: […]

Rio+20: Put the Ocean First (By Catherine Leland)

Our ocean matters. It is the lifeblood of the planet, covering 72% of the Earth’s surface. It keeps the planet at a livable temperature and creates storm systems that allow fresh water to flow in our rivers and streams. The ocean creates 50% of the world’s oxygen and absorbs 25% of the CO2. Its organisms […]

Evergreen Jobs: Sustainable Employment in Sustainable Sectors (By Michael Belinsky)

The creation of “green jobs” is a way to kill several birds with one stone – employment, energy, and the environment. Rio+20 certainly has the potential to further the dialogue around the creation of green jobs. For one, government regulation is a significant driver of green job creation. I saw this directly when working in […]

Rio+20 Is Around the Corner…And Everyone Needs To Do More

Rio+20 is coming up next week, and frankly, it’s not receiving nearly enough attention from Western policymakers. Today, Timothy E. Wirth, President of the Better World Fund and the United Nations Foundation and a member of the Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, wrote in the Huffington Post that “United Nations Secretary-General Ban […]

A Liter of Light Goes a Long Way (by Ami Valdemoro)

Demitrios “Demi” Bukas was an unemployed carpenter living in a small house in Laguna, Philippines.  While searching for a useful way to occupy his time, he learned that if he took a two-liter plastic soda bottle, filled it with water and a little bit of bleach, and nailed it to a corrugated tin roof, he […]