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  • Green Guantánamo: From detention center to peace park?

    03/18/2016 11:36:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 18, 2016 | Jason Thomson
    As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend – the first in 80 years – scientists are pondering the future of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. One idea proposed is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • Critics of Sustainability Hysteria Slam UN’s Anti-liberty Rio+20 Agenda

    06/22/2012 8:13:51 AM PDT · by Cplus · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | June 21, 2012 | Alex Newman
    What is going on at Rio+20, Lord Christopher Monckton concluded, is an “attempted coup on a global scale by the governing class against the people.
  • Rio+20: Scientists call for action on population (the real face of “sustainable development”)

    06/18/2012 3:04:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 18 June 2012 | Jonathan Watts for The Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    The Rio+20 Earth summit must take decisive action on population and consumption regardless of political taboos or it will struggle to tackle the alarming decline of the global environment, the world's leading scientific academies have warned. Rich countries need to reduce or radically transform unsustainable lifestyles, while greater efforts should be made to provide contraception to those who want it in the developing world, the coalition of 105 institutions, including the Royal Society in Britain, urged in a joint report released on 14 June. It's a wake-up call for negotiators meeting in Rio for the UN conference on sustainable development....
  • The U.N. Meddling with Religion: Historic 1992 Earth Summit

    03/08/2011 7:51:32 PM PST · by mikalasukala · 1 replies · 3+ views
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | March 8, 2011 | Consigliere5
    The U.N. Meddling with Religion: Part 7 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, June 3-14, 1992 Informally called the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil.Another example of the United Nations trying to blend all religions together into a New Agey "Global Consciousness aka: the coming Planetary Transformation aka: World Awakening aka: Shift to the New Aquarian Age" and get rid of the "exclusive" Christian Gospel.Conference Secretary-General: Maurice StrongFrom this UN page:The two-week Earth Summit was the climax of a process, begun in December 1989, of planning, education and negotiations among all Member States of the...
  • Earth Charter undone: Henry Lamb explains how town nixed 'syrupy' eco scheme

    04/21/2002 1:32:57 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 40 replies · 477+ views ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2002 | Henry Lamb
    Sanibel, Fla., was one of the first U.S. cities to endorse the Earth Charter nearly a year ago as a part of Earth Day celebrations. It was also the first U.S. city to withdraw its endorsement. This controversial document, promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong for a decade, is seen by many to be an effort to create a new "16 Commandments" to serve as the foundation for a new global religion. Sanibel citizens were not happy about the endorsement. Forty-two citizens and five former mayors signed an open letter, published in a local newspaper, demanding that the endorsement...
  • A Whiff of Fascism from Obama's White House

    03/29/2009 9:48:45 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 78 replies · 3,552+ views
    American Spectator ^ | MARCH 29, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    There is a whiff of Fascism emanating from the Obama White House. Reports say that the head of GM is quitting under duress from the Obama administration:
  • Johannesburg then and now

    02/25/2005 8:32:50 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 5 replies · 387+ views
    CFP ^ | February 25, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Just as desperate kids in nearby shantytowns lined up for water at standpipes as Earth Summit delegates converged upon Johannesburg in 2002, H20 is still a scarce commodity in the region. According to the London Sun, 80,000 bottles of mineral water quenched the thirst of 60,000 delegates to the Johannesburg Earth Summit on Sustainability. While the delegates from 182 countries have long since gone home, the children of Alexandra, a shantytown just down the road from the wealthy Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, still go thirsty. Chronicled in the Corporate Watch video, White Gold, Alexandra is "a settlement of largely self-built...
  • Lobsters, caviar and brandy for MPs at summit on starvation (Is this Oil for Food at the UN?)

    03/17/2004 8:49:22 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 20 replies · 149+ views
    Lobsters, caviar and brandy for MPs at summit on starvation > Opulent ... plush dining room where bigwigs will eat for ten days By NEIL SYSON THE sickening champagne and caviar lifestyle being enjoyed by Earth Summit delegates was exposed yesterday. They are gorging on mountains of lobster, oysters and fillet steak at the Johannesburg conference — aimed at ending FAMINE. As the summit began yesterday, desperate kids in nearby shanty towns queued for water at standpipes. Bigwig politicians among the 60,000 delegates, including Deputy PM John Prescott, also get vintage bubbly and brandy. Taxpayers are footing the £500,000 bill...

    10/08/2002 5:31:42 AM PDT · by madfly · 27 replies · 884+ views ^ | Oct. 8, 2002 | Graham Strachan
    The problem with ‘post-modern’ society is there are too many people with nothing meaningful to do, building ‘careers’ around controlling the lives of others and generally making social nuisances of themselves. They justify their meddling by discovering social ‘problems’ and getting the media to magnify them out of all proportion. The latest example in Queensland, Australia, concerns the ‘discovery’ that schoolchildren are in danger from their own lunchboxes. While millions of members of former generations ate lunch out of lunchboxes and lived to tell about it, it seems today’s mummy-chauffeured generation is at risk. A recent lunchbox survey (sic)...
  • The Environmentalists Are the Real Global Catastrophe

    09/08/2002 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 285+ views ^ | September 4, 2002 | Gregory J. Rummo
    CLEAN WATER, CLEAN air and the alleviation of poverty were among the goals discussed at the 2002 Johannesburg Summit, held from August 26 to September 4. They sound like worthwhile endeavors. Who would argue that a decrease in air and water pollution and an increase in the per-capita wealth of the poor aren’t laudable goals? Unfortunately, the majority of the attendees at Johannesburg Climate Legacy 2002 were ill suited for implementing their own agenda. They are simply nut cases, whose ideas are so far-fetched most of them should be ignored. Carbon dioxide emissions and global warming were on everybody’s agenda....
  • 'No' to global governance

    09/08/2002 3:46:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 356+ views
    WND ^ | September 7, 2002 | Henry Lamb
    Thankfully, the fiasco in Johannesburg is over. President Bush was right to stay home. He was also right to send determined delegates with firm instructions to thwart the ambitions of the radically green global-governance crowd. To some extent, the U.S. delegation was successful. The green crowd insisted on language in the final document that would commit the world to produce 15 percent of its energy from "alternative" sources – specifically wind, solar and small dams – by a time certain. They didn't get it. The final document language calls for nations to act "with a sense of urgency" to increase...
  • Summit in Africa took us back in time - Regressive outlooks would have us hunting and foraging again

    09/08/2002 3:11:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 449+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | September 07, 2002 | Michael Campbell
    Is it just me or is there something ironic about a summit on sustainable development that features the leading environmental groups of the world emitting 290,000 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Even more interesting is the fact the regional government of Johannesburg set a plan whereby the delegates could donate money to clean the environmental mess they created and only one seventh of the amount needed was donated. I have my doubts about a conference that gives Robert Mugabe a warm reception, ignoring that his regime recently killed 186 political opponents, continues to confiscate lands of white farmers...
  • 'Sustainable' development? There's no such thing

    09/04/2002 8:17:31 AM PDT · by NeoCaveman · 26 replies · 573+ views
    The National Post ^ | 09/03/02 | Mark Steyn
    This Labour Day, I thought about the working class, the masses. No, honestly, I did. Okay, I was on the beach, but the folks around me lying on the sand had jobs they'll be getting back to this morning. They worked. They would be classed as workers. But they're not a homogeneous "working class," they're not conscripts in Karl Marx's "masses." The transformation of Labour Day, from a celebration of workers' solidarity to a cook-out, is the perfect précis of the history of Anglo-American capitalism. If you want to see what "the masses" are meant to look like, buy a...
  • Protesters heckle Colin Powell at the Earth Summit

    09/04/2002 7:41:08 AM PDT · by tom paine 2 · 64 replies · 280+ views
    MSN | Sept. 4, 2002
    Repeatedly interrupted by jeers and protests from environmentalists, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the Bush administration’s environmental record and its efforts to help the poor in the developing world at the Earth Summit’s closing day Wednesday. “THE U.S. is taking action to meet environmental challenges, including global climate change,” Powell said to loud booing from the rear of a hall filled with government leaders and delegates ranging from youth activists to environmentalists. The Bush administration has been strongly criticized by leaders and activists for rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, which many countries view as crucial for reversing a global...

    09/03/2002 4:01:18 PM PDT · by asneditor · 18 replies · 3,587+ views
    AllSouthwest News Service ^ | Sep 3, 2002 | Cathie Adams
    Why did the United Nations (UN) and even UK Prime Minister Tony Blair try to cajole President George Bush into attending the Earth Summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa? The answer is the very essence of every United Nations meeting I have attended since 1995: follow the money trail. During the 1992 Earth Summit, Secretary-General Maurice Strong cleverly devised the issue of the environment as a means of soaking the rich countries to pay the poor, while ignoring the graft and corruption of Third World governments that are the main cause of their peoples¹ sufferings. This current meeting is a...
  • New World Order Rising? - Thoughts on the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development

    09/02/2002 4:18:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies · 4,209+ views ^ | August 31, 2002 | Steven Yates
    Having begun on August 26 and continuing on through September 4, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa is what may be the largest confab the United Nations has ever sponsored. WSSD commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the adoption of Agenda 21 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil back in 1992. Over 100 world leaders, thousands of delegates, CEOs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other dignitaries and elites – over 20,000 people in all – have descended on the Sandton Convention Center in South Africa’s largest city. Moreover, as WSSD has approached...
  • Zimbabwe crisis divides leaders at Earth Summit

    09/02/2002 3:41:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 247+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | September 2 2002 | Toby Reynolds and Manoah Esipisu
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has brought his personal duel with Britain to the Earth Summit. Mugabe, 78, drew applause from many of the delegates at the summit when he fired a salvo at Prime Minister Tony Blair, the sternest critic of Zimbabwe's seizures of white-owned farms. "We have not asked for any inch of Europe or any square inch of that territory so, Blair, keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe," Mugabe said in his speech to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. "We wish no harm to anyone, we are Zimbabweans, we...
  • World Leaders Throw Their Weight Behind Push to Fight Poverty, Preserve Environment.

    09/02/2002 2:55:07 PM PDT · by Jean S · 28 replies · 256+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | 9/2/02 | Paul Geitner
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - With world leaders pushing for action, negotiators at the Earth Summit agreed on a plan Monday to protect the environment and fight poverty. "Humanity has a rendezvous with destiny," French President Jacques Chirac declared. Alarms are sounding across all the continents. We cannot say that we did not know!" U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the more than 100 world leaders in Johannesburg to commit to firm action to solve problems identified a decade ago at the first Earth Summit in Rio. "The focus from now on must be on implementing the many agreements that have...
  • Summit's on a roll when nature calls

    09/02/2002 6:44:34 AM PDT · by dighton · 6 replies · 188+ views
    The Star (S. Africa) ^ | 09/02/2002 | Caiphus Kgosana
    You thought you had seen and heard it all - the delegates, the issues, the marches, and even the summit song, but now there’s an official summit toilet roll.And it’s two-ply, nogal.The roll itself is decorated with messages highlighting the plight of the millions of people around the world without access to proper sanitation and clean water.Commitment to clear sanitation targets has been one of the issues that have held up the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.South African water affairs and forestry director-general Mike Muller, whose department has been tasked with reducing the backlog of about 18...
  • Hot Air Emissions in Johannesburg

    09/01/2002 1:44:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 227+ views ^ | August 28, 2002 | Lowell Ponte
    "A GLOBAL HUMAN SOCIETY BASED ON POVERTY for many and prosperity for a few, characterized by islands of wealth surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable," said South African President Thabo Mbeki in his speech Monday welcoming more than 60,000 delegates from 182 countries to Johannesburg for the two-week World Conference on Sustainable Development. The delegates left for dinner inspired, and why not? At dinner, as the chef at the gathering's central hotel described to the London tabloid The Sun, these humanitarian statesmen and stateswomen began spending two weeks gorging themselves on literally tons of Beluga caviar, lobster, pate...
  • Capitalism's Allure called 'Sinister' By Environmentalist

    09/01/2002 12:17:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 251+ views ^ | August 30, 2002 | Marc Morano
    A Green leader here called the allure of free market capitalism "sinister" and referred to economic growth as "the engine of [environmental] degradation." Fred Edwards, a board member of Friends of the Earth Scotland, told that the U.S. and Europe must "start talking less about immediate gratification and...not worship economic growth as we do." Edwards made his comments Thursday at the "People's Earth Summit," a parallel event to the U.N.'s Summit on Sustainable Development (Earth summit). When asked if the developing world should emulate the U.S. and western Europe's economic structure, Edwards was emphatic: "They certainly shouldn't," he said....
  • Draw lessons from Islam, MWL urges Earth Summit

    09/01/2002 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 219+ views
    MAKKAH, 1 September — The Muslim World League (MWL) has urged the Earth Summit committee studying problems of women and family to draw benefit from the rules of ethics and morality as enshrined in Islam.Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Zeid, MWL assistant secretary-general for mosques affairs and head of the League’s delegation to the conference being held in Johannesburg, presented a paper on ways to tackle problems faced by women and family from an Islamic perspective. He pointed out the important role that could be played by women in national development and environmental protection.He also stressed the need to protect women from all...
  • World summit hears clamour of protest (IDIOT LEFTIES ON PARADE)

    08/31/2002 1:06:08 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 17 replies · 239+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 31, 2002 | BBC News
    Thousands of demonstrators have marched to the World Development Summit venue in Johannesburg, in the first mass protest to take place since it opened on Monday. Singing apartheid-era songs, an estimated 20,000 people protesting about issues ranging from Aids to globalisation, arrived at the convention centre in the rich white suburb of Sandton from the shanty township of Alexandra. At their head were some of the most radical groups - Muslims marching in support of the Palestinians, and members of the Landless People's Movement, demonstrating for jobs, land and everything they say they were promised before the change of government...
  • Anti-Israel protests threatening to explode Earth Summit ( Sustainable Antisemitism ?)

    08/30/2002 6:58:49 PM PDT · by naine · 240+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 29, 2002 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Aug. 29, 2002 Hanegbi: Anti-Israel protests threatening to 'explode conference' By GIL HOFFMANIsrael responded when it was attacked for the first time on the floor of the World Summit on Sustainable Development's plenary session in Johannesburg on Thursday. But due to Shabbat, the Israeli delegation will be prevented from reacting to an anti-Israel march set to take place tomorrow during the conference's officially sanctioned day of protests. The Palestine Solidarity Committee of South Africa, which has been coordinating anti-Israel activities at the conference, received a commitment Thursday from several South African ministers that they would attend their event, which is...
  • Earth Summit delegates feast while discussing starvation

    08/30/2002 11:59:34 AM PDT · by efnwriter · 10 replies · 285+ views ^ | 8/27/02 |
    Earth Summit delegates feast while discussing starvation 27-08-2002, 11:45 The Michelangelo Hotel, South Africa Delegates to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, who are meeting to discuss starvation and poverty, are feasting on extravagant foods and fine wines flown in from around the world. British newspaper “The Sun”, which exposed the story on Tuesday, also claimed that hundreds of trees had been cut down around the conference center to make room for limousines bringing delegates in to discuss how to prevent damage to the environment. Known as the “Earth Summit”, the UN conference opened on 26...
  • [Earth] Summit: U.S. Offers $2.56 Billion in Partnerships

    08/30/2002 8:14:07 AM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 169+ views
    Summit: U.S. Offers $2.56 Billion in Partnerships JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - The United States announced five programs worth $2.56 billion today at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The initiatives are aimed at providing poor people with access to clean water, sanitation, clean energy, relief from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and protection for Congolese forests. Announcing the programs, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky said they will leverage government funding with financial support from the private sector to help developing countries move toward sustainable growth. She said the five major partnerships, coupled...
  • Temperature rises at Earth Summit

    08/29/2002 12:54:49 PM PDT · by cogitator · 16 replies · 327+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 08/29/2002 | Agence France-Presse
    Temperature rises at Earth Summit The political temperature is rising at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg as the United States and Europe take opposite approaches on empowering the Third World and the health of Planet Earth. Pressure is mounting on Washington to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming, with the United States -- the world's greatest greenhouse-gas polluter -- coming under friendly fire from allies. The world's most wretchedly poor countries -- in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean -- meanwhile believe that a fraction of the billion dollars a day shelled out to already rich...
  • Democrats Say Bush Blocking Earth Summit Goal

    08/29/2002 5:01:32 AM PDT · by dgallo51 · 9 replies · 210+ views
    Politics - Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 29, 6:46 AM ET | By Matt Daily
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A delegation of U.S. congressional Democrats accused the Bush administration on Thursday of blocking plans to alleviate poverty and promote clean economic growth at the U.N.'s Earth Summit. "The U.S. administration is becoming somewhat of an obstructionist in terms of meeting the goals of sustainable development," California Congressman George Miller told a news conference. Talks to cut poverty, increase access to fresh water and promote economic growth while repairing environmental damage run from August 26-September 4 in Johannesburg, a decade after the first Earth Summit in Rio. The Democrats' comments were the latest salvo in their battle...
  • Rich people make the best tree-huggers

    08/28/2002 3:45:39 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 454+ views
    National Post ^ | Augustus 28 2002
    If the leaders gathered at this week's World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg really want to save the environment, they should concentrate less on eco-rhetoric, and more on promoting the free-market conditions that permit poor nations to become rich: The simple truth is that countries grow cleaner as they grow wealthier -- no matter whether they've self-consciously dedicated themselves to "sustainable" policies (whatever those are) or not. Singapore, the wealthiest state in Asia, is also its cleanest, despite being one of the continent's largest per capita manufacturers. Canada and the United States -- which Friends of the Earth...
  • In Johannesburg, activists sow false fears

    08/28/2002 3:37:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 326+ views
    National Post ^ | Augustus 28 2002 | Jonathan Kay
    Six thousand journalists are in Johannesburg to cover the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The BBC team alone is rumored to number at least 100. Never have so many traveled so far to report so little: The meeting will likely produce nothing except the same tiresome effusion of anti-Western rhetoric we heard from last year's "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban. Already, both South African President Thabo Mbeki and the summit's secretary-general have accused Western leaders of presiding over a system of "global apartheid." Not to be outdone, Friends of the Earth International declared Canada, the United States and Australia...
  • Live From The Earth Summit Why Should We Care About The Earth Charter?

    08/28/2002 12:19:21 PM PDT · by asneditor · 16 replies · 334+ views
    AllSouthwest News Service ^ | August 27, 2002 | Cathie Adams
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- ASN -- On the opening day of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), a.k.a. Earth Summit II in Johannesburg, South Africa, I attended a four-hour-long conference entitled, Educating for Sustainable Living with the Earth Charter.ý Steven Rockefeller, head of the Earth Charter Commission, U.S.A, showed up to address the crowd packed into a tent. There are at least three major reasons why every American should take careful notice of this Earth Summit II and the Earth Charter, a document some portray as a constitution for a New World Order. It is significant that Steven Rockefeller...
  • Does the U.S. economic model make the U.S. a world environmental bad guy? Poll, WhackyEnviroQuotes

    08/27/2002 11:13:13 AM PDT · by BJungNan · 11 replies · 138+ views
    Poll and whacky Earth summit quotes below. Poll needs attention. The Whackos need to go live in an African town with no electricity. Poll: Does the U.S. economic model make the U.S. a world environmental bad guy? - Yes. The U.S. economic model is destroying ecosystems we can not afford to lose. 64% - No. Technology and a hearty economy provide the means to protect the environment. 36% Poll Link Here The BS is really starting to fly on this Earth Summit. A few of the great quotes coming out of the place so far. *** "There is a lot...
  • World Leaders Urged To Lift Billions Out Of Poverty And Save The Planet

    08/27/2002 9:14:45 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 43 replies · 246+ views ^ | 27 Aug 02 | Richard Ingham
    World Leaders Urged To Lift Billions Out Of Poverty And Save The Planet by Richard Ingham Johannesburg (AFP) Aug 27, 2002 A vast forum on the future of the planet has got underway here amid calls for decisive action to haul billions of people out of poverty and save the planet's fast-dwindling resources from further plundering. In an opening speech to the Earth Summit on Monday, South African President Thabo Mbeki described the Earth as a village divided by a river into districts of want and wealth, while its environment steadily sickened. "Poverty, underdevelopment, inequality within and among countries,...
  • Floods a wake-up call to planet

    08/27/2002 5:46:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies · 315+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-27-02
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The devastating floods which have killed scores of people across central Europe are the wake-up call that could push industrial nations to act faster to stop the planet heating up, a leading scientist says. Robert Watson, now the World Bank's chief scientist since he was ousted from the chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) in April due to U.S. opposition, insists dramatic floods and droughts will become more frequent. "You don't have to identify each event with climate change. All you have to say is this is the type of world that may...
  • Absent Bush committed to Earth Summit, US says

    08/26/2002 8:27:19 AM PDT · by cogitator · 12 replies · 171+ views
    INTERVIEW - Absent Bush committed to Earth Summit, US says SOUTH AFRICA: August 26, 2002 JOHANNESBURG - U.S. President George W. Bush is committed to the Earth Summit despite skipping the event to focus on the economy and post-September 11 security concerns, a senior U.S. official insisted in Johannesburg on the weekend. "President Bush has been fully engaged and committed now for months to the summit," John Turner, the U.S. assistant secretary for international environmental affairs, told Reuters in response to widespread criticism of Bush's absence. "But there is a need now for his leadership in the U.S. on...
  • Plight of poor tops agenda at Earth Summit, Delegates to juggle development / preserve the planet

    08/26/2002 5:17:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies · 214+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-26-02 | Rachel L. Swarms, NY Times
    <p>Johannesburg -- The smoke settles over the rickety shacks and shabby houses as soon as this city wakes. Thousands of poor people without electricity burn scraps of wood in rusty tin cans to keep warm. Others burn coal in old stoves that belch soot and fumes into the cold morning air.</p>
  • EDITORIAL - Timber policy reflects president's world view

    08/26/2002 5:08:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 269+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-26-02 | Editorial Board
    <p>WITH characteristic disregard for the environment, President Bush last week announced a controversial plan to allow the timber industry to log millions of acres of national forest land. The ostensible reason? To prevent catastrophic fires. Rather than pursue a policy of thinning undergrowth and small trees, Bush prefers to give the timber industry a windfall by logging larger, more commercially valuable trees.</p>
  • Mbeki Slams 'Global Apartheid' at Pre-Summit Gala

    08/25/2002 5:16:04 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 13 replies · 200+ views
    Netscape News ^ | August 25, 2002 | Reuters
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki called on the richest nations Sunday to end a system of "global apartheid" that entrenches poverty and inequality for a majority of the world's people. Mbeki welcomed thousands of Earth Summit delegates and urged them to reflect on the dismal state of the world at a colorful ceremony to informally open the summit, which officially kicks off Monday. "This is a world in which a rich minority enjoys unprecedented levels of consumption, comfort and prosperity. While a poor majority enjoys daily hardship, suffering and de-humanization," Mbeki said.
  • Stop the Presses! Earth Summit News Flash!

    08/24/2002 7:30:43 AM PDT · by RippleFire · 10 replies · 133+ views
    Country Store ^ | Agust 24, 2002 | Cracker Barrel Philosopher
    Stop the Presses! Earth Summit News Flash! The Independent (SA) reports, First summit delegate mugged:Four days before the start of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, a Romanian became the first delegate to be mugged. The man said he was attacked in Eloff Street and robbed of his watch and $70 (about R750). He had not laid a charge because he believed the muggers were the very people who needed to be helped by the summit, he said. (emphasis added)This guy has got a great future as a liberal poster boy! And I like the way he is...
  • Online Global Poll on the Environment (Freep this poll -- UN Earth Summit Related)

    08/21/2002 12:17:18 PM PDT · by Darth Reagan · 53 replies · 447+ views
    We all share the same earth and the same environment. We believe that everyone's voice should be heard in debating the policies and making the decisions that affect us all. The earth belongs to all of us. This first in the world, Online Global Poll is being conducted in conjunction with the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development being held in Johannesburg South Africa from August 25 to September 4, 2002. Your participation in this global poll adds voice to the many thousands worldwide expressing how they feel about the environment, and what they feel their leaders should do...
  • Red Dawn for the Green Summit

    08/20/2002 4:00:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 260+ views ^ | Aug. 15, 2002 | Dr. James Hirsen
    On the eve of the biggest enviro-mania fest in a decade comes the signal to brace ourselves. We're in for a slew of depressing "news" about our planet. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio launched the PR campaign for the upcoming Earth Summit by essentially equating our home turf with the Titanic. The neophyte activist called the U.S. "the world's biggest polluter." Ostensibly, he was trying to convince President Bush to join international counterparts – Tony Blair, Vicente Fox and Jacques Chirac – and attend the U.N. Summit in South Africa later this month. So far Bush hasn't committed, and he'd be wise...
  • Powell sent to Earth summit

    08/20/2002 2:41:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 223+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2002
    <p>President Bush announced yesterday that he would not attend the U.N. Earth summit in Johannesburg later this month and would send Secretary of State Colin L. Powell instead.</p> <p>"Poverty remains a huge and urgent global problem that demands action by the entire world community. We will stand together in Johannesburg to bring our full support to this important battle," Mr. Bush said in a statement.</p>
  • Another Cheesy United Nations Ripoff

    08/18/2002 6:11:48 AM PDT · by RippleFire · 2 replies · 195+ views
    Country Store ^ | August 17, 2002 | Cracker Barrel Philosopher
    Another Cheesy United Nations Ripoff It's those wacky United Nations wingnuts again, who are bringing us the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, Aug. 26 - Sept. 4. Apparently it occurred to some genius among them that bringing 65,000 delegates to South Africa for the clambake might cause a bit of environmental damage, and not just to the local prostitutes. But not to worry, according to a UN press release; UNDP, GEF and World Bank Agree to Offset Environmental Impact On Johannesburg During Summit:New York, 16 August - In an effort to make the World Summit on Sustainable...
  • Extreme Weather Boosts Calls for Action on Climate (global barf)

    08/13/2002 4:08:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 211+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/13/02 | Emma Thomasson
    Extreme Weather Boosts Calls for Action on Climate Tue Aug 13,10:48 AM ET By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - The storm clouds massed over Europe that are causing some of the worst floods for decades may have a silver lining for the continent's environmentalists as the battle lines are drawn for the Johannesburg Earth Summit. While floods threatened historic buildings and crops across Europe and hundreds drowned after torrential rain in Nepal, Iran and the Philippines this week, drought has shriveled harvests in southern Africa, Vietnam, Australia and the United States. Ahead of the summit on the environment and development...
  • Hope Yet for Earth Summit - UN Environment Chief ( Money Thanks America )

    08/08/2002 9:27:43 PM PDT · by USA21 · 10 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 08, 2002 | By Mark John
    PARIS (Reuters) - A new U.S. cash handout to a global ecology fund and signs that rich nations will take a bigger role in cleaning up the planet could yet save this month's "Earth Summit" from failure, a top U.N. official said on Thursday. U.N. Environment Program chief Klaus Toepfer said he had seen progress in tackling some of the issues that scuppered a preparatory meeting in June for the Johannesburg summit aimed at alleviating world poverty and protecting the environment. "I believe there is a lot of activity going on to come to this Plan of Implementation and to...
  • 'Poor prospects' for Earth Summit

    07/15/2002 12:41:52 PM PDT · by GeneD · 6 replies · 164+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | 7/15/02 | Alex Kirby
    The Earth Summit, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, faces a high risk of failure, according to a leading British environmental thinker. He is Sir Crispin Tickell, former UK ambassador to the United Nations. Sir Crispin says it is "hard to be optimistic" about what will happen in Johannesburg. Little, he says, will change "unless and until we think differently". Sir Crispin is now director of the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding at the University of Oxford. Speaking to the Society for Conservation Biology, he said the summit's agenda, sustainable development, meant "treating the...