Macaco Tamerice (GEN-Europe President) and myself, Kosha Joubert (GEN-International President), have arrived at the Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – meeting up with representatives from the broader networks of GEN, Gaia Education and Transition Town. At the Rio-Conference in 1992, when the term 'Sustainable Development' was coined as a 'new economic model', the sense of urgency was present.
Now, twenty years later, with the economic, social and environmental crises omnipresent, the sense of urgency has increased to the point where, at times, my belly is hurting and my head is spinning. Many of us 'activists' are accepting that we actually need to slow down, shift awareness, love more, prioritise carefully, do less - activism in itself does not hold the solutions…it needs to be coupled with a deepening of connectedness and awareness.
Rio 2012 - what a city - what an event…
Much of the beauty and pain, hope and despair, good intentions and blindness of the world are reflected here.
The conference will produce more good intentions and more written agreements - the actual outcomes will depend on governments and corporates changing their ways – we have seen how resistant those in power are.
Please check out the new GEN-Slideshow on gen.ecovillages.org - thank you to all from the broader GEN-networks for working on creating solutions that can be seen, touched, felt, tasted - a future worth choosing!
We will be present at Gaia Home and at the GEN-TT-Gaia Education Stand in the People's Summit.