The Road to Rio+20: Rebuild the Dream

occupythedreampanelLeaders have spoken, the world has participated on-site and online, and with #RioPlusSocial and #Rioplus20 trending, today marks the final day of the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In celebration of the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit, Green Festival teamed up with Fund Balance and HuffPost GREEN to launch live global coverage of the first NYC Green Festival. Enjoy re-releases of memorable keynotes from our inaugural NYC Green Festival, held on Earth Day weekend at Javits Center North.

Today we feature award-winning social entrepreneur, NY Times best selling author, former White House green jobs advisor and globally renowned leader in environmental and social justice, Van Jones. Jones is the author of two best selling books, The Green Collar Economy and most recently, Rebuild the Dream. He is the founder of three leading nonprofits: Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Rebuild the Dream. Jones speaks of an inspired nation, fighting to take back our future in a time where jobs are sparse, homes are being lost and politicians are not living up to the service of their people in need. Jones inspires us to demand the accountability that we need, from our elected officials and global leaders, to rebuild the dream of a prosperous future, embracing green jobs as the means to get America and beyond back to work.

Throughout Earth Day weekend, Green Festival went live online at the U-Stream Channel, Green Festivals: The Road to Rio and Beyond, streaming all Main Stage speakers and taking the green and sustainable conversation beyond the walls of the festival, connecting with Rio+20 communities, and promoting a continuing global conversation about the future we face.

Rio+20 – the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – is currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-22, 2012. This conference, composed of global leaders, heads of state and government representatives will focus on two themes:

    a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication
    institutional framework for sustainable development.


Opening the Rio+20 Conference is the winner of the “Date With History” youth video speech contest, organized by the global TckTckTck campaign and sponsored by NRDC, UN Foundation, Climate Nexus and Rockefeller Foundation.

Winner Brittany Trilford, a student from Wellington, New Zealand, addressed over 130 heads of state and deputy heads of state at the Rio+20 summit. See her incredible speech below.

To keep up with the Rio+20 plenary meetings online, visit Also, join the conversation by following the hashtags #rioplus20 and #rioplussocial on Twitter.


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