Under a Brazilian Coconut Tree, Thoughts from Rio de Janeiro

At the alternative event to the formal UNCED Rio+20 Convention, the directors of the Planetary Boundaries Initiative took the Draft Declaration on Planetary Boundaries to the masses at the People’s Summit or Cupolas dos Povos in Rio de Janeiro.

They were inadvertently situated in a tent meant for a UN delegation beneath a lush coconut tree at the picturesque Aterro de Flamengo facing the Baia de Guanabara (Guanabara Bay). Deborah Tripley and Mei Wang hosted an event to engage attendees on planetary boundaries and the rights individuals and communities may have within them. It was reasonably well attended with curious interest from members of the public generating interesting discussions with a diverse range of individuals – from an anthropologist working on tree planting schemes in the Brazilian rainforest to a social ecologist researcher from Denmark working on public participation methodologies.

There is perhaps some irony in the circumstances; they were in Brazil, close to the heart of the great Brazilian rainforest and one of the greatest sources of biodiversity in the world. The dialogues helped feed into an expanded set of principles around participation and access to justice.

At the alternative event to the formal UNCED Rio+20 Convention, the directors of the Planetary Boundaries Initiative took the Draft Declaration on Planetary Boundaries to the masses at the People’s Summit or Cupola dos Povos in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Click here to find out more about the Draft Principles for Public Participation on Planetary Boundaries.

 

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