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US to Rio+20 National Day of Action: Nature and People Over Profit

Posted Jun. 5, 2012 / Posted by: Ian Illuminato

In June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will play host to heads of state, UN agencies, and global stakeholders as they convene for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), commonly known as “Rio+20.” There’s a lot at stake.

Right now, the Rio+20 “green economy” agenda is being driven by interests that seek to privatize nature by further deregulating industry and handing our common resources over to companies for profit through deeply flawed market mechanisms like cap & trade, offsets schemes, and the development of high-risk technologies.

Join us on June 5, 2012 to tell Secretary Clinton and the U.S. Department of State that we want:

  • A truly green economy, not a green-washed economy.
  • An economy that protects the rights of communities and nature, not multinational corporations. 
  • An economy that upholds our common resources like water as a public trust, not a commodity, and recognizes the human rights to water and food.
  • A transparent, multilateral framework for assessing new technologies in service of people and planet through sustainability and environmental justice.

We are hosting events in 15+ cities across the U.S. and invite you to join one or host your own. Check the calendar for events in your area, which includes links to additional resources and opportunities to take action.

U.S. to Rio+20 Coalition Members:

350.org • Center for International Environmental Law • Cornell Global Labor Institute • Corporate Accountability International • Earth Law Institute • Foundation Earth • Food & Water Watch • Friends of the Earth U.S. • Global Alliance for Rights of Nature • Global Exchange • Indigenous Environmental Network • Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy • Institute for Policy Studies • Local to Global Advocates for Justice • Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns • National Family Farm Coalition • Nourish 9 Billion • Public Citizen • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team • WhyHunger • Women’s Earth & Climate Caucus

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