photograph Sustainable Development 101

by Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS)

Ed Byers, winner of our Rio+20 competition, will be travelling in a couple of weeks (sponsored by Northumbrian Water) to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, along with runners-up James Robinson and Claire Chisholm.

As part of his preparations for the Earth Summit, Ed recently attended a House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee event in London, along with our fourth-placed student, Etta Smylie, which sought to ‘bring the work of the Select Committee to the attention of a broader group of people who care about the environment and who want to see an ambitious outcome from the United Nations’ Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil later this year’.

In this thought-provoking post, Ed reflects on what was discussed and the event as well as the possible implications of this for the Earth Summit and for the UK’s future contribution to sustainable development.

Optimistic thoughts …!

In the latest of our blog entries looking forward to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, our competition runner up, James, reflects on his changing hopes and feelings for the summit with less than two weeks to go. Don't forget, you can follow the progress of our competition winners through this site, but also through our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

published on: 11th June 2012