World leaders participating at the upcoming U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development may want to follow Desmond Tutu’s footsteps: Talk to the youth.
In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Tutu said the “positive vision” and “relentless energy” of young people have filled him with hope. He said the youth, at least those he had talked to, sees “sustainability” as a “system that will ensure the well-being and prosperity of the planet they will inherit” — and not just a word.
The Nobel Peace Laureate and chair of The Elders has expressed his dismay at world leaders who do not seem to prioritize poverty and the threat of climate change. He is concerned at the current state of the Rio+20 negotiations, which many fear may end up in “complete collapse.”
He wants to believe future leaders — today’s youth — will be “bolder,” have a “more global” outlook and make decisions “for the common good.”
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