||A convention center worker prepares waste paper from the World Summit on Sustainable Development prior to it beng compressed and recycled, Friday Aug. 30 2002 in Johannesburg. The summit is expected to generate 300-400 tons of trash and just 20 per cent of this is being recycled. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)
- Aug 30 1:58 PM ET
||A protester joins a demonstration outside the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, site of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Wednesday Aug. 28 2002. The group of around 200 included street vendors decrying police harassment and farmers demanding access to world markets. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
- Aug 28 5:24 PM ET
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posted on 08/30/2002 1:44:07 PM PDT
The consolation being that perhaps the garbage will be picked-through by the surrounding poor, although they may then feed their children the salvaged food scraps which the compactor mingled with cleaning fluids and God knows what.
"Clearly a lot more education needs to be done."
Clearly, this is true.
posted on 08/30/2002 1:51:59 PM PDT
The move to make the summit as environmentally friendly as possible was gaining momentum daily, said Nikhil Sekhran of the UNDP's Global Environmental Fund. "The system is completely new," he said. "Clearly a lot more education needs to be done."
You gotta be kidding me...the delegates to the World Summit need to be educated about limiting the amount of waste they are producing on a daily basis??? U.N.-freaking believable!
posted on 08/30/2002 2:04:34 PM PDT
"We never had any illusions this would be a green summit"
posted on 08/30/2002 2:10:39 PM PDT
While delegates attending the World Summit wrangled over how best to save the planet's rapidly dwindling resources, they gave scant indication of leading by example.
Amazing how AP reports it as objective fact that the "planet's resources" are rapidly dwindling. Couldn't they at least hide behind a fig-leaf of objectivity by referring to "what some see as the planet's rapidly dwindling resources"?
This from an outfit that won't use the word "terrorists" to describe those who hijack planes full of innocents and fly them into skyscrapers, because some (whackos) may disagree with that characterization.
So in the benighted world of AP reporters, whether such people are terrorists is open to question, but the idea that the earth's resources are rapidly dwindling is a scientific, unquestionable fact.
God, these people p!ss me off.
posted on 08/30/2002 2:22:26 PM PDT
"We never had any illusions this would be a green summit," Mary Metcalfe, the environment minister of the Gauteng province
Of course not. Do as they say, not as they do.
They will have consumed 5 million sheets of paper to produce mountains of pamphlets, press statements and brochures. There are 45,000 delegates, and each one is using an average of 53 gallons of water a day. Flying all these people to Johannesburg and chauffeuring them around the city will generate nearly 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
They'll manage to blame this on America somehow.
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