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Rio 20

Posted: 4:11PM June 20th, 2012 | Comments

Did you realize that the expected harvest of Door County cherries is going to be 1/20th of a typical year? A consequence of those weeks of crazy warm weather back in March that caused flowers to bloom weeks early only to be frozen by returning frost.

I am fully aware that weather is not climate. But any one of us can look around and see an increase in the frequency of crazy- and destructive- weather. So if climate is how weather “behaves” over a long period of time, what is it when the weather just isn’t “behaving”?

It’s scary. Especially when that crazy weather is impacting our economy and our very food system.

Which brings me to Rio. In case you didn’t hear it on the news (which is likely- even NPR this morning didn’t cover the start of the conference) the Rio +10 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development  started today.

I, along with people all over the world, are hoping that these governments, NGO’s, businesses and individuals can put us on the path to “reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.”

An impossible task? Not according to Brittany Trilford, a 17 year old from New Zealand who addressed the world leaders this morning. And her point hits home. There is one path to the future and it is that of sustainable development. And my money is on her and other youth like her to lead us down it.

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