New Story Summiteer and long-term member of the Findhorn Foundation and Community, May East, writes in The Scotsman….
“We have a real chance to make 2015 the year we did our best for the planet and for humanity…. With more than seven million people taking part in My World 2015 – a UN survey to determine what matters most to people around the world – it is clear that citizens worldwide are engaging and wanting their voices heard in this process.
“This year is a critical one for the planet and for humanity, with a series of defining moments that will have a transformative impact for generations to come.
“In July, governments and business sector entities will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to agree a strategy for financing sustainable development. In September, the new set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. In December, the Paris COP (conference of the parties to the UN framework convention on climate change) is expected to settle a long-awaited climate deal. Last but not least, December will mark the end of the 15-year cycle of the millennium development goals (MDGs).
“The breadth and depth of the proposed SDGs is unprecedented. Adopting a rights-based approach, the new agenda is expected to leave no-one behind and promote social inclusion for the most vulnerable groups. At the same time, it is expected to set the environmental limits and critical natural thresholds for the use of natural resources, such as biodiversity loss, and land use change. An integrated approach that breaks down the “sector silos” is a key to a successful post-2015 agenda. For instance, climate change cannot be addressed in isolation of other issues such as poverty, access to water, food security, desertification and even migration trends.”
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Photograph: Getty – Grassroots groups and protesters have given the battle against climate change a high public profile.