Today’s the first day of the Earth Summit.
I’m only following through whatever tweets and blogs I catch while online, but there’s so much info coming in and it all gets confusing, I thought I’d just post the articles I’ve been reading here. (The articles on Rio+20 listed below are of course, non-exhaustive.) And also, to save my friends on Facebook from the spam of links.
- What Rio+20 Is All About in Just Over a Minute (Video) – Treehugger.com
- We’re Utterly Failing Our Environmental Pledges Made 20 Years Ago in Rio, Scientists Report – Treehugger.com
- Earth summit: Rio report card – Nature.com
The world has failed to deliver on many of the promises it made 20 years ago at the Earth summit in Brazil.
- A Rio Report Card – project-syndicate.org
- Rio 2012: it’s a make-or-break summit. Just like they told us at Rio 1992 – Guardian.co.uk
World leaders at Earth summits seem more interested in protecting the interests of plutocratic elites than our environment
- Rio+20 ‘Future we Want’ draft text – exclusive copy of the document – Guardian.co.uk
The final draft text that will be presented to world leaders as they arrive at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference
- Rio+20: anger and dismay at weakened draft agreement – Guardian.co.uk
Hours before world leaders arrive at summit, green groups says text contains almost no decisive timetables or commitments
- Rio+20 Final Draft Text Recognizes Our Problem, Proposes Scant Few Concrete Solutions – Treehugger.com
- World failing to meet promises on the oceans – Mongabay.com
- Ocean Conservation Progress ‘Pitiful’ Over Past 20 Years – Treehugger.com
- Furious Greenpeace moves to ‘war footing’ at Rio+20 – Guardian.co.uk
Pace quickens at Rio summit, as NGO director responds to weakened oceans proposals with promise of civil disobedience
- Rio+20: Greenpeace declares war on the finance sector – Guardian.co.uk
Greenpeace aims to shut off the flow of capital to environmentally destructive businesses following two years of intense research into understanding the finance sector
- Rio+20 summit: Opening day live blog – Guardian.co.uk
Rolling coverage of the UN Sustainable Development Conference where world leaders have arrived to agree how to tackle the world’s ecological and social problems
Personally, I don’t understand much about these UN conferences. Would like to attend one, just for the experience, but from reading all the articles, it seems like a lot of politicking by countries and taichi-ing (pushing the blame/responsibility around) and wayang-ing (acts of pretence).
”The most important outcome in Rio, therefore, will not be a new treaty, binding clause, or political commitment. It will be a global call to action. Around the world, the cry is rising to put sustainable development at the center of global thinking and action, especially to help young people to solve the triple-bottom-line challenge – economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion – that will define their era. Rio+20 can help them to do it.” – Jeffrey D. Sachs, in A Rio Report Card
Yes, a global call to action, especially by youths, I think that’s what’s most needed now.