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Déjà Vu at Rio+20 | The Nation

by Mark Hertsgaard The past twenty years demonstrate that appealing mainly to the conscience of world leaders does not work. Instead one must change those leaders’ political calculations—making them as afraid of an aroused public as they are of the narrow interests behind the status quo. There are various ways to do that, from voting politicians out of office to ...

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Brazil stresses need for world consensus at Rio+20 meet | AFP

BRASILIA, Brazil — The upcoming Rio conference on sustainable development must yield a commitment to manage the world economy in a way that respects the environment and fights poverty, a Brazilian official says. “I believe that Rio+20 will deliver the instruments to make sustainable development a paradigm for the economy, not just for the environment,” Andre Correa do Lago, the ...

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How Rio+20 can herald a constitutional moment | Frank Biermann and Steven Bernstein, guardian.co.uk

Governments have a historic opportunity this June to create the institutions needed to fulfill the promise made at the 1992 Earth Summit. The Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development should mark nothing less than a constitutional moment, putting the planet on a more sustainable path. But, it is in grave danger of being stillborn, lacking the political will to commit ...

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