I have to create a green economy?

To young people falls the responsibility for a future Earth. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Yudi Nofiandi

To young people falls the responsibility for a future Earth. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Yudi Nofiandi

Creating a green economy will promote sustainable development, balancing the need for growth with environmental conservation, according to speakers at the Forests Asia Summit 2014. But can the younger generation meet the challenge, asks Amy C. Cruz

When I was little I heard a lot about the three ‘R’s (not Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic but Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). I thought that was the only solution to saving the environment.

But then I grew up and the world grew more and more complex. Now, saving the environment is not just about solid waste management, the three ‘R’s or a cute slogan to encourage throwing your trash into the right bin.

It’s about having something worth passing on to billions of people in the future.

The eminent speakers at the opening session of the Forests Asia Summit, held this 5 May, in Jakarta, Indonesia, had a lot to say about sustainable development and the responsibility of the younger generation—people like me—to design and implement it.

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