With apologies for the delay in publishing, in this blog post, one of our competition winners, James, reflects on his time spent at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
This is a blog post originally published at http://www.water-energy-food.org following an invitation to write some comments on a talk held at the German Pavillion at Rio+20.
“An avid follower of the Nexus Platform website, I was thrilled to find out about the side event happening at the German Pavillion at Rio+20. This discussion, held in the late afternoon of what was otherwise a disappointing Thursday at the Earth Summit, gave me encouragement on two accounts before I had even arrived.” – Edward Byers
Under Claire’s last post, Martin asked what the feelings were like on the ground at Rio+20 and what could be viewed as successes? In this next post I will address the question of why people left and went to the People’s Summit.
First impressions: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Late on Monday evening I arrived in Brazil on my School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEGs) sponsored trip to the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development.
Tuesday we made our way to the conference centre which took a huge amount of time. After what must have been about 2 hours we got there and did our accreditation and met the rest of the PEI team, including a few of the GSC (Global Scientific Committee) members.
The first impression that one gets is the scale of this operation. 50,000 registered delegates all bustling about in a conference centre that comprises 5 buildings, each the size of the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, one just for the food court. There there are the side pavilions too.
Brazil is breathtaking.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Planet Earth Institute, I arrived in Rio last Wednesday night (13th) and have spent a wonderful few days enjoying the Brazilian way of life – the beach, the food, the people and all the wonderful sights. Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) was a particular highlight – what a privilege to be here!