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Beyond Rio: Pursuing ‘Ecological Citizenship’

Published on June 28, 2012 by in Home

Andrew C. Revkin Dot Earth, NY Times   I’m posting a few final reflections related to the “Rio+20” United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first “Earth Summit” and concluded ingloriously in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. If there is to be a 40th anniversary, what approaches or initiatives

 
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Rocky road to Rio

Published on June 26, 2012 by in Home

R M Fransson, Denver, Colorado, US Guardian Weekly Letters Following Rio 1992 there have been four doublings: of world population, of made-up money in circulation, of carbon dioxide emissions and a doubling of the mid-point temperature rise. Net result: fiscal chaos, population surge, wasteful excess and irreversible climate change. John Vidal (Ecological web is badly

 
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Council of Canadians denounces Canada’s role at Rio+20 summit

Published on June 24, 2012 by in Home

Council of Canadians Press Release   The Rio+20 Earth Summit has failed to produce the commitments needed for a more just and sustainable future for the planet. The Council of Canadians denounces the role that Canada has played in this outcome at these critical United Nations negotiations. Canada has been widely recognized as being the

 
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The Failure of Rio, Fighting for the Future We Want.

Published on June 23, 2012 by in Home

By Anil Naidoo Council of Canadians   After a difficult negotiation process that highlighted the deep divisions within the United Nations, Member States reached consensus on a new 50-page document titled ”The Future We Want,” at the the Rio+20 UN Earth Summit, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 20-22, 2012. The document is

 
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Rio Declaration is Not ‘The Future We Want’

Published on June 23, 2012 by in Home

Statement by Alden Meyer Union of Concerned Scientists     The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (or Rio+20) ends today with leaders and ministers from more than 190 countries endorsing a political declaration on “the Future We Want.” Below is a statement by Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of

 
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Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy

Published on June 23, 2012 by in Home

UN News Centre     21 June 2012 – Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon today announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative. “Achieving sustainable energy for all is not only possible, but necessary

 
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‘Rio+20 Has Become the Summit of Futility’

Published on June 23, 2012 by in Home

Charles Hawley Der Spiegel   Twenty years ago, the United Nations summit held in Rio de Janeiro paved the way for landmark agreements on the climate and the environment. This year’s meeting, on the other hand, has been widely criticized for its lack of vision in the face of accelerating degradation of the planet. German

 
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Rio+20: Proposing a utopia

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

By Michel Lambert rabble.ca The Earth Summit of the United Nations being held in Rio de Janeiro had yet to begin, and the specialists were already predicting a dire impasse over the issues of climate change and even setbacks on such central challenges as the human right to water and the protection of biodiversity. In

 
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Palm trees and controversy: the world’s top judges and lawyers at Rio+20

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

The influence of UK supreme court judge, Lord Carnwath, led to the world congress’s most important recommendation Stanley Johnson guardian.co.uk, The world congress on justice, governance and law for environmental sustainabilty, which took place June 17-20 under the sponsorship of the UN environment programme, held both its opening and concluding sessions in the magnificent setting

 
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Action Alert: Rio+20: Protest Global Leaders Obama, Merkel and Cameron’s Absence

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

Rainforest Portal Ecological Internet As the world faces an unprecedented ecological and social emergency, leaders of the US, UK and Germany dawdle as Earth burns. Their absent, failed leadership obstructs international efforts to protect our one collapsing biosphere while sustainably meeting all of humanity’s basic needs. Demand that the absent leaders from Rio+20 immediately make

 
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Urgent: Save Rio, Save the Planet

Published on June 22, 2012 by in Home

Iain Keith Avaaz.org   Over a million people have called on world leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Earth Summit — a no-brainer policy that could take one trillion tax dollars from Big Oil and reinvest it in green energy. But they’ve failed to deliver — even with the backing of the

 
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Compilation: Rio+20 UN Earth Summit: The Future Written-Off to Privatize/Commodify Nature for Profit, Betray Life and Just Sit Around Talk’n!

Published on June 21, 2012 by in Home

Glen MacIntosh ecoSanity.org Go to Glen MacIntosh’s  compilation

 
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Diplomats agree on ‘weak’ text for Rio+20 summit

Published on June 20, 2012 by in Home

By Nina Chestney and Valerie Volcovici AlertNet/Reuters   * 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   RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – Diplomats from over 190

 
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Rio+20: THE WORLD’S TOP 10 The most-supported recommendation by topic

Published on June 16, 2012 by in Home

http://vote.riodialogues.org/   Sustainable Energy for All Take concrete steps to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies Forests Restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020 Water Secure water supply by protecting biodiversity, ecosystems and water sources Food & Nutrition Security Promote food systems that are sustainable and contribute to improvement of health Oceans Avoid

 
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Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Be One of the Major Outcomes of Rio+20

Published on June 16, 2012 by in Home

Jake Schmidt, Switchboard NRDC   What if I told you that governments around the world were spending almost $1 trillion dollars a year to subsidize activities that are driving global warming?  What if I told you that the leaders of the major countries had committed to phase-out these fossil fuel subsidies in 2009 but they

 
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