Checkout AoC Rio+20 delegate and SustainUS Chair Ellie Johnston's online interview about the upcoming Rio Earth Summit! Courtesy of Blip TV, Meet the Farmer TV and other Melli Productions.
The webinar was a great success! If you couldn't make it, don't worry -- you can view the recorded webinar online
Live U.S. Youth Video Conversation on Rio+20
To address the challenges to sustainable development presented by the Citizen's United ruling, SustainUS has decided to join 350.org and the Sierra Club by signing on to United for the People, a campaign led by Public Citizen to overturn the Supreme Court decision with a constitutional amendment. To learn more about how to get involved with the campaign at your local level, visit http://www.united4thepeople.org/.
- A Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
- A Constitutional Amendment to Keep Corporate Cash Out of Elections: Good for the Environment, Good for Democracy
Citizen Science winners who presented at the Commission on the Status of Women
The theme of this year's annual paper competition is “the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.”
Four of the competition winners were able to present their papers at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. SustainUS also sent an Agents of Change delegation to that conference.
SustainUS is partnering with the student-run Consilience journal out of Columbia University to publish these CitSci papers!
The Technical Review Board selected these six top papers:
- Emma Gaalaas Mullaney, Graduate winner for "Counter-topographies of Agriculture: Rethinking Links between Gender, Food, and Development in a Globalizing World"
- Jasmine Zhang, College winner (1st tie) for "Alliance for a (Smallholder, Predominantly Woman) Green Revolution in Africa"
- Anthony Santa Maria, College winner (1st tie) for "Rethinking Female Circumcision: A Shift in Western Perspective"
- Tess Bone, College winner (2nd)
- Sonia Li, High School winner (1st) for "Rural Women in China: From Cooking to Changing Poverty"
- Jocelyn Elizabeth Hernandez, High School winner (2nd) for "The Indispensability of Universal Gender Equality"
What is the Citizen's Summit?
The US/Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development is an innovative and collaborative event that seeks to generate new knowledge, policy, and action for sustainability in the United States and Canada, and foster coherent, effective advocacy around the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or Rio +20. It will bring together 180 diverse stakeholders on March 24th and 25th, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in New Haven, Connecticut. Experts, emerging leaders, advocates, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers from across the United States and Canada will come together to participate in two days of discussions, brainstorming, planning, action and input into the Citizens’ Summit before, during and in a continuation for collaboration thereafter.