What Rio+20 Could Be About
July 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
A lot of us in the environmental movement are asking – what do we do with Rio+20?
Alex Evans and David Stevens have an insightful paper promoting the ideas of greening growth, resilience, and equity (worth a read), though the emerging themes seem to be focused on ‘green economy’ generally. This worries a lot of us – where are questions of justice and distribution of resources, for example? Other uncertainties remain about who will actually come to the summit. So for campaigners, a simple ‘lobby politician A for important thing B’ ain’t gonna work this time.
So – how about something like this (using the golden circle framework):
Why – Why do we think we need to do something?
- We need to call out why we’re not succeeding – what is blocking progress right now?
- To increase levels of courage: set new levels of commitment and action
- Raise hope and aspiration by showing what we’ve already achieved
How – How will we do this? What is our vehicle to achieve these things?
Use the Rio+20 conference as strategic leverage moment.
- Celebrate the last twenty years of progress (telling our story)
- Share the pain of what we’ve all been through
- Raise ambition and commitment from each of us
What – Practically, what does that look like? What will happen?
At the summit:
- An Olympic Opening Ceremony-style visual story of the last twenty years- using images, dance, film, music, lots of people – ‘wow’ factor
- It could follow the lives of children (one from each continent maybe?) born in 1992 and what has changed in the world around them
- Follow the progress of new laws, new technologies, local victories, cross-national alliances, the successes we’ve had
- Also document the pain, destruction of land and species, health problems, pollution
- Come to a climax moment (the ‘now’ moment), and start to tell a story of what happens next: how do we get to the safe, just future we’re all working for
- Show the upcoming fights and how we’ll win them
- Give a place to all pieces of the puzzle – but make it clear who is part of the solution and who isn’t
- Friends, families and communities come together to share stories of hope and pain.
- We provide a framework that helps people have conversations that matter – using good questions, good food, songs : )
- Front and center of this, is a renewed commitment to the work ahead, to each other and to allies all over the world
- Maybe link up communities over Skype – sense of solidarity
- Get them to write their own story of the future – how will the people of Poughkeepsie, NY and Accra, Ghana work through the next 20 years? (Essentially, they are writing their own vision and strategy)
Could it work?