Skip to comments.Climate Conversations - Rio+20 closes with a whimper, not a bang
Posted on 06/23/2012 4:12:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Rio+20 closed with more of a whimper than a roar. Expectations for the conference were understandably low, but the outcomes were even more modest. The agreed upon text was simply not forceful enough to meet the environment and development challenges of our times. This was a missed opportunity to re-energize the global conversation and importantly drive greater action around sustainability.
There were a few bright spots the advancement of Sustainable Development Goals, support for better governance around environmental issues, and progress on sustainable transport, among others. But, still, that is not enough.
Certainly, there are reasons why the conference fell short: economic and political crises on the global stage; the challenge of taking on complex issues; and the struggle of coming to a unanimous decision among the diverse views. These challenges are real, but they should not be an excuse for inaction.
So then, what comes next?
We cannot lose sight of the big picture. It would be a mistake to conflate the outcome here with whats happening on the ground around the world. Real action is taking place on national and local levels in many countries. Just look at Germanys shift to clean energy, Nigers efforts to re-green its landscape, or Rios just launched bus rapid transit system.
We understand the challenges. We know the solutions. What we need is to build the political will for bolder leadership.
As we leave Rio and return to our homes around the globe, we must not give up on the vision of a more sustainable pathway. Given the urgency of the challenges, we must continue to push forward with ambitious solutions that will create a more sustainable future.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles during her bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard during the Rio+20 United Nations sustainable development summit in Rio. Photo: Reuters
Agenda 21, soros, hillary and the global scam
>Rios just launched bus rapid transit system...
Just revealed Agenda 21
Hillary needs to go to Muslim countries to sell abortion.
Diverse views, like the world waking up to the idea that this is a con job, designed to relieve them of even more of their hard-earned money. 45,000 expensive, taxpayer-funded, patronage vacations in Party Town.
Keep it up, you arrogant, phony jerks.
...proponents of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a.k.a. the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), say arguments against it are nonexistent. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says any such arguments no longer exist and truly cannot even be taken with a straight face.
“That which has been seen, cannot be unseen.”
Both the pic and the article makes me want to barf.
You cannot put the “science” label back on a fraud, when everyone with active gray matter sees it was only a global scam power grab.
Where did she get hold of those secret “a-hole detection goggles?”
One would imagine Rio’s ‘just launched bus rapid transit system’ has more to do with the upcoming Olympics than any ‘green agenda.’ (that would be the Olympics that Obama didn’t get)
"Green guru James Lovelock was right. He warned last week that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion.
Now at the U.N. Earth Summit, even the image of Christ has been made a forcible convert to the eco-faith, as the city of Rio is bathing the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer (Christo Redentor) in green light......"
If I cared I would say, "Good riddance." Instead I will say, "Good riddance."
I wish that I could say that these titles were an hysterical exaggeration but unfortunately read the book, read the copious references they are no more than the truth. Thanks to the junk science, bogus computer projections, and scaremongering of the environmental movement the planet and its inhabitants have suffered grievously these last 20 years. Here courtesy of Paul Driessen and David Rothbard are just a few examples of damage that has been done, ostensibly to save us all from the threat of Man-Made Climate Change.".................
We're thankful to the "little people" whose taxes made our private jets and deluxe junket possible
Earth-shaking development--Welcome to 1930.
They're using up my air.
Christopher Monckton is going to reprot the vagaries of their latest sneakiness.
Christopher Monckton is going to report the vagaries of their latest sneakiness.
Heck, I’d have turned ‘green’, too. It’s enough to make any thinking person vomit.