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The Failure of Rio+20 is a Wake-Up Call for People Power | STWR

Following the ‘hoax summit’ and failure of political leadership at Rio+20, it is clear that the responsibility for change rests with ordinary, engaged citizens to forge a united and informed world public opinion that is stronger than any government or vested interest, writes Adam Parsons. Almost a week since the Rio+20 Earth Summit ended, civil society is coming to terms ...

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After Rio, we know. Governments have given up on the planet | George Monbiot, The Guardian

The efforts of governments are concentrated not on defending the living Earth from destruction, but on defending the machine that is destroying it. Whenever consumer capitalism becomes snarled up by its own contradictions, governments scramble to mend the machine, to ensure – though it consumes the conditions that sustain our lives – that it runs faster than ever before. For ...

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David Suzuki on Rio+20, ‘Green Economy’ & Why Planet’s Survival Requires Undoing Its Economic Model | DemocracyNow!

As the Rio+20 Earth Summit — the largest U.N. conference ever — ends in disappointment, we’re joined by the leading Canadian scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki. As host of the long-running CBC program, “The Nature of Things,” seen in more than 40 countries, Suzuki has helped educate millions about the rich biodiversity of the planet and the threats it ...

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Rio+20 Summit Overshadowed by Global Economy | NYTimes.com

RIO DE JANEIRO — Global leaders, development experts, bankers, academics and activists are gathering here this week to celebrate the anniversary of the landmark Earth Summit of 1992 and to try to address the linked problems of poverty, hunger, energy shortages and environmental degradation. For more on this story, visit: Rio+20 Summit Overshadowed by Global Economy – NYTimes.com. ALSO: Delegates ...

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Rio+20 negotiators accused of strong-arm tactics | guardian.co.uk

Delegates considering blocking proposed text because of its lack of ambition and ‘aggressive’ tactics employed by Brazil by Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro and Guardian reporters Brazilian negotiators have been accused of using strong-arm tactics at Rio+20 to secure a deal before heads of state start arriving for the Earth Summit later this week. The ghost of the Copenhagen ...

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Houston councilwoman warns of U.N. agenda in city projects | Houston Chronicle

Houston City Councilwoman Helena Brown voted against a city construction project Wednesday, warning that in signing off on two energy-efficient building projects the council was handing millions of dollars to a “non-American initiative and interests.” It was the first of two occasions during the weekly meeting that Brown suggested city projects were linked to Agenda 21, a non-binding resolution the ...

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The Rio+20 Earth Summit | NRDC

Speeding up the transition to a sustainable future at the Rio+20 Earth Summit In June 2012, more than 150 presidents and prime ministers and thousands of other top leaders are expected to come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The gathering will mark the 20th anniversary of the first historic Rio Earth Summit where ...

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