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Part I: Our Future is Worth It: How YOUth can take ACTION for Sustainable Development

Part I: Our Future is Worth It: How YOUth can take ACTION for Sustainable Development

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Part I of a Rio+20 Toolkit Series designed for youth to learn about sustainable development and to become aware of Rio+20. This toolkit is made in collaboration with Earth Charter International and the UN CSD Major Group for Children and Youth.
Part I of a Rio+20 Toolkit Series designed for youth to learn about sustainable development and to become aware of Rio+20. This toolkit is made in collaboration with Earth Charter International and the UN CSD Major Group for Children and Youth.

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 A Rio+20Toolkit Series :Part I
Our Future is Worth It:
How YOUth can take ACTION forSustainable Development
In partnership with:
 
 
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From 20-22 June 2012, thousands of delegates and heads of state will meet in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the world’s future
*
. This conference could be con-sidered as the most important one in the history of the United Nations so far:
The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development
In 1992, Rio was the stage for the first Earth Summit,where it was recognized that human actions and theway humans had been organizing the world was caus-ing severe inequality and harm to the planet. It be-came urgent to make
sustainable development
apriority to secure the survival of the planet.Twenty years on, a lot of positive changes have taken
place, but it’s not enough. A lot of things still need
fixing. This means that strong decisions need to betaken at Rio in June.
Everyone should participate in making those decisions happen.
 
The decisions taken in Riothis June will have an impact on how the world will be, and on the future of young people across the world.
Something big is happening….
 
Most of us will not be able to travel to Rio. However, the most important decision makers are
us
. Sustainabledevelopment is not just for politicians to handle
as young people, we inherit the consequences of the deci-sions taken now. This is why it is important for each of us to think globally, act locally and raise our voice.Every action counts!
This toolkit series will help you to:
Gain more practical knowledge about sustainable development
Become informed about the background and happenings related to Rio+20
Take local action by joining other young people to makea real, lasting impact on shaping the brighter future weall want!
 
Thank you for taking the step to learn more about sustainabledevelopment, Rio+20, and you! Look out for webinars, videosand other information. We look forward to keeping you in theknow!
IN THIS ISSUE 
What is SustainableDevelopmentpp. 2 - 3
 
Introduction to MGCY
 
pp. 4 - 5
 
Developing yourpersonal message pp.6 - 8
Success Storiesp. 9
Contactsp. 10
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Sustainability requires looking at everything as parts of a whole: the issueswhich we face are multiple and complex. We need a vision which addresses thewellbeing of people and the planet together.
There is no clear definition of sustainable development. SD truly occurswhen economy, environment and society are in perfect harmony.
We should approach sustainable development by considering that everythingis interconnected across generations and across countries.
This may seem daunting
how do we keep track of everything? We all need tounderstand the principles behind sustainable development; principles such asequality, green living and social justice. Then, it will be easier to reach someagreement about what sustainable development truly is, and what the conditionsnecessary to achieve it are.
Sustainable development is more than just caring about the environment orgenerating money through economic growth. It is the intersection of THREEpillars: ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY and SOCIETY.When we think of sustainable development, we must think of a system, wherethe decisions taken ensure that each component of the system
man, trees,environment, society, wealth
is capable of flourishing without hindering thecapacity of the other component to do so, whether in the present or in thefuture.
Sustainable Development
Sustainable develop-ment is about balanceand a holistic approachto development. Thismeans that some thingsneed to be preservedand sustained while oth-ers should be given theincentive to bedeveloped.
 
What needs to besustained:
People and Cultures
Natural Resources
Biodiversity
Environment andEcosystems
 What needs to bedeveloped.
Quality of Life
Justice and SocialEquality
Equal Opportunity
Institutions
Fair Income
Culture of Sustainability
The most agreed upon definition of sustainable development comes from theBrundtland Report in 1987, a document which introduced the concept ofsustainable development on the political agenda:
 
“Sustainable development is development that meets
the needs of the present without compromising theability of future generations to meet their own
needs.”
 
Systems Approach
Understanding Sustainable Development
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Well done!!! I am wondering if it can be downloaded?
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Thank you for your comments, please spread the word! :-)
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Thank you for this wonderful Toolkit. It is clear and engages the audience very well, while being concise in how we all can take action towards sustainable development. Thanks to everyone who was involved in creating this impressive Toolkit.
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