This is the second installment of the UNEP/TreeHugger blogging competition. The writer with the most votes will win a trip to cover World Environment Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012.
Three TriplePundit writers have made the finals of the competition. Here are their posts. If you'd like to send a 3p author to Brazil, vote for these blog posts on the UNEP website.
An Action Plan for a Sustainable 21st Century By Leon Kaye
If I were to rule the world, I would demand that governments work with, not against, individuals and companies implementing their ideas for sustainable development. My three point action plan would motivate innovators around the world to work ambitiously at a local level so that the globe would heal after generations of environmental degradation.
Embed sustainability education at all levels.
Sustainability should not be an academic specialty, a certification course or a community service project. To thrive on a planet with as many as 9 billion people, my plan launches with educating citizens from an early age.
LEADership for a Sustainable Century By Jonathan Mariano
An ambitious task awaits me as ruler of the world. I have to develop an action plan for a sustainable century. But what should the action plan emphasize?
If leading a people towards sustainability were as easy as programming a robot, with robots following directions lock and step without question, we probably wouldn’t need to be developing such action plans. But you are not a robot, I am not a robot, we are not robots. We are human beings, each with our own thoughts, opinions, and differences.
It is easy to say we should have a green/sustainable economy that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive (amongst other sustainability goals.) But it is challenging to motivate and lead individuals toward achieving any one of these sustainability goals.
Cooperation is the Key to Achieving a Sustainable Century By Andrea Newell
If I ruled the world, how would I ensure our next century is a sustainable one? I believe the key is cooperation, along with collaboration, inclusion, equity and engagement. As a leader, I would work to foster these traits in cultures around the world, because only together can we achieve a sustainable future.
We face a myriad of problems, but I would concentrate on tackling five major ones first, in order to make the biggest impact, and trust that by making strides in these areas, other issues would see improvement, as well.
Andrea Newell has more than ten years of experience designing, developing and writing ERP e-learning materials for large corporations in several industries. She was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a contract consultant for companies like IBM, BP, Marathon Oil, Pfizer, and Steelcase, among others. She is a writer and former editor at TriplePundit and a social media blog fellow at The Story of Stuff Project. She has contributed to In Good Company (Vault's CSR blog), Evolved Employer, The Glass Hammer, EcoLocalizer and CSRwire. She is a volunteer at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can reach her at email@example.com and @anewell3p on Twitter.