Environmental summit a bust
The Kansas City Star
Failure is the only word that defines Rio+20.
The environmental summit ended last week with no outcome that would reverse global warming or result in a greener energy push or in more sustainable developments. Negotiators for 188 nations fumbled in efforts to do something for the planet.
The best they could come up with was to agree to meet again. That merits a one-hand applause.
Also notable in his absence was President Barack Obama. Being at Rio+20 when Republicans are the world’s biggest climate change deniers would have been too hot a political issue for Obama in this election year.
Another cloud over Rio+20 is the ongoing world economic climate. No one wants to do anything to push the spreading global recession into a planet-wide depression.
However, the opposite approach is needed. Unless sustainable development and green energy are harnessed now, the planet may become too sick and violent to put up with any of the continuing damage from our human occupation.