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India's Gerson da Cunha: Renaissance Man

Pranay Gupte | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Pranay Gupte

The name of Gerson da Cunha of Mumbai means a lot to men and women of a certain generation, including mine. Simply put, he is sui generis. He's India's Renaissance Man. He possesses a towering intellect and a warm and giving personality.

After Rio, It's All Up to Us. But What Does That Actually Mean?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Let's face it. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) was a flop -- at least the part that involved negotiations amongst governments.

Official Rio Document Disappoints but People's Commitment to Sustainability Inspires

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.23.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The official Rio+20 document doesn't call for binding cuts in carbon pollution or set standards for expanding clean energy. We can't rely only on the slow wheels of government to address the urgent problems facing our planet. We must start doing it ourselves.

At Rio+20 Earth Summit, Two Places Where World Leaders Should Start

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

World leaders are arriving here in Rio to address some of the most daunting issues facing our planet. To be sure, the myriad problems we now face because we haven't taken more action to address global warming and sustainable development can seem daunting. Here's where to start.

From California to Copacabana: Global Call to Stop Plastic Pollution Presented at Rio Earth Summit

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Here's to a future with clean beaches and oceans where children will once again be awed by shells and sea creatures, not the remnants of careless consumption.

#EndingFossilFuelSubsidies in Pictures, Video & Tweets: Why Rio+20 Needs to Act

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Citizens around the world are rallying for governments to clearly commit to phase out fossil fuel subsides at Rio+20. And here are some pictures, a video, and tweets which documents this strong public support.

Rio+20: 'I Want to Light a Fire, and Remind You of the Urgency of Our Task'

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

What the world needs now is a dramatic paradigm shift fronted by brave leadership that is willing to guide us through these turbulent times.

Stop Public Handouts to Oil, Gas and Coal Companies, Now

Robert Redford | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Robert Redford

We should not be subsidizing the destruction of our planet. Fossil fuels are literally cooking our planet, polluting our air and draining our wallets. Why should we continue to reward companies to do that?

My Eyeball and Envisioning the Rio+20 Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

I now have even greater hope that this Earth Summit will be important and historic. But we will have to be able to see how much has changed since the 1992 summit and what is really going on in Rio and the world.

Ocean Lovers Urge Leaders at Rio+20 to Make Real Commitments to Restore Oceans

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

We know how to fish better, reduce pollution, and revive marine life. The question is: will we put these solutions in place? Will our leaders do what it takes to scale up smart strategies and set real, lasting recovery in motion?

The Choice Is Ours

Ambassador Marlene Moses | Posted 08.11.2012 | Green
Ambassador Marlene Moses

We cannot achieve fair and sustainable development unless we dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change.

World Oceans Day: Now Is the Time to Return the Favor

Jackie Savitz | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Jackie Savitz

The theme of this year's World Oceans Day seems unfortunate: "Youth: the Next Wave for Change." Doesn't that seem like a dangerous passing of the buck?

For the Future of Our Planet, a Dialogue Between Generations

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Desmond Tutu

For the sake of our planet, a conversation that needs to be heard is the one between generations, between elders and young people around the world -- and those who are in between.

Environmental Heroes Ask World Leaders to Take Risk on Behalf of Humanity

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What would you do, personally, to defend life on the planet we call home? Would you dedicate your life to the future of life on earth?

17-Year-Old Wins "Date with History": An All Star Salute, Trip to Rio, and Chance to Save the World

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Brittany Trilford, a 17 year old school girl from Wellington, New Zealand is the winner of an international search for a person under the age of 30 to represent youth and future generations at the Earth Summit this June 20-22 in Rio De Janeiro.

Rio+20: "We Are Made Wise by the Responsibility of Our Future"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

In less than a month, world leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nation's 2012 Earth Summit. At stake: a new global green deal that could pull our planet back from the brink of irreversible climate change.

It's Climate Change That Threatens Our Way of Life -- Not the Actions We Need to Take to Solve It

Kelly Rigg | Posted 06.22.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

What would I actually say to convince them to start fighting for our children's future, rather than the profits of the fossil fuel companies? What would it take to penetrate that armor of business and politics as usual, and wake them up?

Earth Day 2012: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.22.2012 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

More than 1 billion people will call for the protection of our planet today as they gather around the world to celebrate Earth Day. Their mission: to raise support for a more sustainable future as climate change continues to wreak havoc across the globe.

Sustainability Is the Sensible Alternative

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

More people in the world are living better, but the natural world that underpins this prosperity is constantly being eroded.

Rio +20: A Date With History (in the Making)

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The organizers of the 2012 Summit aim to leave Rio with commitments to work for a green economy that assures sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.