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RIO+20 The Future We Want

RIO+20 the future we want

Kinda Hibrawi: The Future We Want

Kinda Hibrawi

Sustainable Development is defined as "meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations, to meet their own needs." But how can we ensure a brighter future without neglecting the present-day social afflictions prevalent around the world? Natural resources are being pillaged at the expense of our greatest treasure: human capital. One can trace the issues of environmental, economic, sociopolitical, and cultural degradation to fundamental insensitivity to humanity. At the core of this deep-seated problem lies a lack of compassion, lack of tolerance, lack of sympathy. Sadly, our compassion is slowly being compromised as we put up defenses in fear of intolerable pain. We therefore cannot begin to create a sustainable environment for the future without resolving these problems of today.

If we can focus wholeheartedly on preserving human resources, only then can we establish a foundation for a sustainable future. This needs to start by building a sense of collective accountability among all people. Such a process of instilling cherished values of understanding and tolerance begins in our homes, classrooms, and work settings. Through this we can become aware of how truly connected we all are despite differences in ethnicity, race, religion, geography or economy: we are truly citizens of the world.

It is our relationships, our words, and our actions that can bridge the existing gap in an effort to bring us closer together. In solidarity we can protect one another from suffering, and can preserve our common humanity. We need to feel a sense of shared kinship to people from all walks of life. Only through such a concerted effort can we "meet the needs of the present" so as to build a healthy and more secure future for our children. This is what I would like to see and be a part of in twenty years.

Kinda Hibrawi's artwork is a passionate journey of femininity, spirituality and cultural convergence. Of Syrian descent, she grew up between Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, and the United States. http://www.kindahibrawi.com/