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Managing Change for Environment

A sweeping plan of environmental action, called Agenda 21, made its world debut in June 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More formally identified as the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the plan called upon every man, woman, and child on Earth to take part in this global initiative to develop lifestyles that would sustain a vibrant environment and create a world in balance for all.

Leaders from 178 nations were present at the conference when Agenda 21 was ratified. The number 21 refers to the 21st century, considered the turning point for Earth-friendly sustainability by many activists from scientific and environmental communities. To do one's part effectively, it is important gain familiarity with the four major components of Agenda 21.

Section I: Social and Economic Dimensions is a seven-part section of the agenda which focuses on everyday living aspects, including how the individual is affected by global policies and how our daily habits affect the environment:

Section II: Conservation and Management of Resources for Development reinforces the impact humans have on the plants and animals of the world and how our personal, government, and business policies affect wildlife at every level.

Section III: Strengthening the Role of Major Groups highlights the responsibility of every individual to do his or her share and acknowledges the ability of every individual to have a direct effect managing change for environment health and sustainability:

Section IV: Means of Implementation calls for strengthened coordination and cooperation from financial, scientific, educational, commercial, legal, and governmental perspectives:

No one person can take action in every part of the agenda but if every one of us chose one, two, or several of these initiatives and made them an active part of our everyday living, change would quickly become visible. Every adult can implement change by casting votes for public policies and officials with an eye toward environmental impact, honoring environmentally conscious businesses by buying their products, teaching our children the importance of the natural world we live in, and leading by example.

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