Rio+20 and the cultural dimension of sustainability | Heinrich Böll Foundation

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We live in 2012. We just cannot understand “development” as it was understood in the 20th century. The world has changed. Paradigms need to evolve to better reflect how the world really is, and to endow ourselves with suitable tools to make it more sustainable, that is, to widen our freedoms and those of the future generations. This is the role of scientists, activists and policy-makers.

In 2012 we will have to thoroughly discuss on sustainability (or sustainable development, but let’s leave the complex discussion between these two concepts aside). On 20-22 June 2012, the international community will meet in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after the Earth Summit, in order to discuss new agreements, treaties or declarations on sustainability. Before, we must analyse where we are.

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