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the earth summit


The Earth Summit gets under way on Monday, August 26th in Johannesburg. This article from The Economist has some interesting comments on it, for example:

"Environmental groups have already been heavily critical of the summitís size, noting that the numbers going to Johannesburg will ensure it has a damaging impact on a region already facing huge environmental problems."

or
"[...] even with caviar and champagne off the menu, the contrast between the well-fed delegates and the millions of people in southern Africa now starving, as their region is caught once more in the grip of a famine, will be striking."

I don't doubt that the people behind the Summit have good intentions at heart, but Maybe it's time to rethink how we achieve consensus on things like the environment, where local policies alone aren't enough. Not that I have good answers... but at least we should be asking these kinds of questions more often.

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Posted by diego on August 24 2002 at 6:12 PM

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