How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for Journalists and Environmentalists

How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for Journalists and Environmentalists

How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for Journalists and Environmentalists

How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for Journalists and Environmentalists

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The eyes and ears and hopes of the world were concentrated on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, as most of the world's leaders gathered there for the so-called Earth Summit, sponsored by the United Nations. The leaders were in Rio, committed to come to an agreement that the Earth and its life forms needed protection against a host of man-made threats.

The world leaders signed an agreement, the Treaty of Rio de Janeiro, better known as 'Agenda 21' — with the stated aim of "reshaping human activities in order to minimise environmental damage" and to provide a programme of action to take us safely into the 21st century and beyond.

What Is Agenda 21?

Agenda 21 is a collection of strategies by which we human beings may redress some of the damage we have done to Earth and to our own chances of survival. Agenda 21 is a global programme for improving the quality of life by caring for our Biosphere, the name given to the thin envelope of air, water and land which supports all known forms of life on the planet. On our lonely voyage through space, our survival depends entirely on how well we treat the life forms with which we co-exist, and how well we husband the slim resources on which we must depend. In doing these things, we will also be protecting the interests of our children and their children.

Sustainable development has been defined as development which . . .

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