The small, Himalayan kingdom plans to be chemical free within decade The small nation of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, is committed to becoming the first “hundred percent organic” nation. Farmers in Bhutan hope to be 100 percent organic in ten years. Photo by *christopher* via flickr At the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June, ...Read More »
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Civil society occupies the Rio+20 Earth Summit by Mike Sandmel| June 29, 2012 Last week, Brazil hosted over 190 heads of state and high-level ministers — including Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao — for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, popularly referred to as Rio+20. In addition to the governmental representatives, the conference also included ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
Bill McKibben of 350.org on Colorado Wildfires, Debby, Keystone XL and the Failure of Rio+20 | DemocracyNow!
With extreme weather fueling wildfires in Colorado and record rainfall in Florida, the Obama administration has moved closer to approving construction of the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline. We’re joined by environmentalist, educator and author Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org. “Today is one of those days when you understand what the early parts of ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
Amid doubt, disappointment and division, the world’s governments came together in Rio on Friday to declare “a pathway for a sustainable century”. At the close of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, heads of state and ministers from more than 190 nations signed off on a plan to set global sustainable development goals and other measures to strengthen global environmental management, tighten ...Read More »
Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa, the home of Christ the Redeemer, is the birthplace of the United Nations Earth Summit. So it seems appropriate that the giant beast of sustainable development negotiations should come here to die. And where New World Vultures smell the wounded and circle overhead. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, known as the ...Read More »
Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return? | Scientific American, The Scientist
Governments are meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. This is largest diplomatic gathering in this field in the last 10 years, and must become a stepping stone for major reforms. Earlier this year, Frank Bierman and 31 leading governance experts laid out 7 building blocks of a new institutional framework for sustainable ...Read More »
Text fails to define ‘sustainable development goals’ Environmentalists criticize text, urge action on climate Decision on high seas governance postponed three years Big city mayors craft green strategy of their own By Nina Chestney and Valerie Volcovici RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – Diplomats from over 190 countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on Tuesday ...Read More »