|Photo: Asha De Vos|This weekend at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, valuable dialogues and in-depth negotiations continued in the lead up to the arrival of heads of state and other government leaders later this week. Attendees gathered to talk about the future of our oceans, coasts and Island States. A full schedule of the day’s events, is at this link.
The main outcome of Oceans Day at Rio+20 was the Rio Ocean Declaration, which attempted to address priority action items for oceans and coasts, both at the Rio+20 Conference and into the future. The Declaration will be submitted to approximately 130 world leaders attending the summit from Wednesday to Friday.
The day culminated in the first e-Awards to acknowledge those that have most affected social change and sustainable development in the 20 years since the first Earth Summit at Rio in 1992. Dr. Earle received an e-Award for the environment, presented by Instituto-E, UNESCO and Rio de Janeiro City Hall. More on the awards here. On Sunday, the Sylvia Earle Alliance and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development presented, “Oceans in Google Earth as an Educational Tool: A Dominican Republic Perspective.” The engaging session proved once again that the Ocean layer in Google Earth is a powerful tool with far-reaching abilities to enhance both education and awareness about the ocean, from it’s most beautiful reefs to it’s greatest challenges. For Ocean Inc’s coverage of the Google Earth event, click here.
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