The Green Dreams Around the World campaign was created to give voice to dreams of thousands of individuals as a contribution to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, taking place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.
From the very beginning of the first Earth Summit in 1992, people realised that sustainable development could not be achieved by governments alone. Now more then ever the urgent sustainability agenda requires the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people – consumers, workers, business persons, farmers, students, teachers, researchers, activists, indigenous communities, and other communities of interest. Green Dream campaign is rooted in the power of our dreams to invoke a future that is worth creating, a sustainable future that draws forth the deepest potentials of all citizens of the world.
But what is a Green Dream?
A Green Dream can be a vision of tomorrow’s reality and is based on the power of imagining a sustainable world. Perhaps your green dream is about yourself, your community, village, town, city, neighborhood, country… or even for the future of life on this planet… It can be related to the place where you live, to food, transport, energy, education, housing, arts… etc. It can be about a zero waste society or reforesting the planet. It can be about strengthening the local economy and growing opportunities for low-carbon jobs. It can be related to creative local responses to global challenges of climate-change and shrinking supplies of fossil fuels. But your green dream does not have to be only about the ecological world… you can dream of living in more just world, or ways of strengthening communities resilience, you can dream of more leisure options for the elderly and true contentment for young people… it’s your dream, play with it!
If you are actively doing things for a sustainable life and your dream is already coming true in reality please share that news in your dream video inspire others!
The campaign aims to engage people from all sectors, communities and regions in Scotland, bringing an international perspective to local, regional and national issues. The systematic mapping of these dreams and collection over the next 7 months around the world, will be a valuable input on the discussions of Rio+20, introducing the local context in the international sustainability debate. The local virtual galleries of dreams, through the intersection of green dreams, will converge in networks formed from people who share the same vision of the future. These networks possess a strong potential for transformation, because they are powered by a 100% positive charge.
The campaign is the flagship of the CIFAL Network- the United Nations ‘Network of International Training Centres for Local Actors’, composed of 9 UNITAR Affiliated Training Centres covering Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe. In Scotland Green Dreams Campaign is being promoted by CIFAL Findhorn in partnership with the Scottish Government and SSDF.
For more information on how to get involved with the Green Dream Rio+20 campaign contact Britt at the Heriot-Watt SU on 0131 451 5333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ross at email@example.com