I interviewed United Nations Foundation founder, media and restaurant entrepreneur Ted Turner at the RioPluSocial last week. We discussed how sustainable development has changed since the first Rio Summit in 1992; how the media can keep sustainable development in the forefront; what global issue keeps him up at night; and, of course....Captain Planet.
Political and financial commitments to Sustainable Energy For All is one of the big takeaways of this conference. When a public embrace comes from the world's largest economy it is all the more significant.
This nicely animated video from the Pew Environment Group and the Zoological Society of London does a good job of summing up one important part of the conversation in Rio next week: sustaining healthy oceans.
If you search for "United Nations" in YouTube, the most viewed item is not a speech by President Obama or Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, or a PSA by Ban Ki Moon or UNICEF. Rather, it's a 6 minute address to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, by a 12 year old in 1992.