News from RIO+20

Jun 21, 12 News from RIO+20

At the RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, many different nations are meeting together to create a common document toward a sustainable world for the future. Although according to many, this document is not at all satisfactory. There are important voices that call it RIO -20 instead of RIO+20 because it is obviously a step back, even compared to the Rio Summit 20 years ago. What a pity!

It’s becoming more and more evident that real solutions for the world are not coming from the heads of nations but from groups of people – people that stand up and create something new. Communities like Damanhur, Findhorn, Tamera and all the others that have already begun creating a new reality decades ago, we are serving as a light on the horizon for humanity.

While the heads of nations are creating the document, some interesting official side events are happening, and there are even more events at the Peoples’ Summit. This Summit is quite far away from the official UN meeting, which is shame, as it takes one and a half hours at least to get from one place to the other.

Macaco presentsMacaco and KoshaAt the Peoples’ Summit, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) has a tent that serves as a home base, along with Gaia Education and the Transition Town movement, where well-attended events take place from morning to evening. On Sunday afternoon, I gave a two-hour talk about the social aspect of living in communities, as well as Damanhur and GEN Europe. The talk was attended by more than 150 attentive and interested people, and even days after the talk, people are stopping me on the street to ask questions.

The day after, Kosha, the Executive Secretary of GEN Europe and President of GEN International, gave an inspiring talk about GEN that ignited the hope that it is possible to build a better world.

In South America,the crowd at the People's Summit a new network was created a few months ago called CASA (Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Americas), and it is pulsing with vitality! Kosha and I represented GEN in two very fruitful meetings with CASA, which were facilitated by Ana from Findhorn. We were able to create the basis for future collaboration. It’s great to feel the energy and, at the same time, the groundedness of the people representing CASA.

Today, there are demonstrations both in the morning and afternoon at Rio +20, and I can sense the tension in the air. We will go to the afternoon demonstration, which is meant to be more of a celebration than a protest. Con voi!

Macaco Tamerice