Tens of thousands of protesters joined an enormous demonstration through the centre of the Rio de Janeiro, to demand economic justice and action over climate change.
All governments must reject this agreement and halt the negotiations process until concrete commitments are made to replace the neo-liberal model with one based on fair development in harmony with nature and the philosophy of Living Well (Vivir Bien)
“Abandon hope all ye who enter here” should have been written over the entrance to the Rio+20 summit.
If the draft text is accepted in its current form, Rio +20 will go down in history to be followed inevitably by the word failure.
The advocates of Green Economy never acknowledge that today’s crises have been caused by dangerously polluting industries, the extractive mining sector, chemical industries or industrial agriculture, and carefully ignore the new approaches proposed by countries like Bolivia and Ecuador.
What can we expect from this so-called “Earth Summit” from a social and ecological perspective? Nothing!
The best thing to come out of Rio+20 could be the strengthening of social movements in opposition to one of its core ideas. The false green economy’s grand Brazilian showcase might just be the event that helps to trigger its downfall.
Indigenous Peoples Global Conference on Rio+20 and Mother Earth: The “Green Economy” continues the colonialism we have faced and resisted for 520 years. We cannot allow false solutions to destroy the Earth’s balance, assassinate the seasons, unleash severe weather havoc, privatize life and threaten the very survival of humanity.
Patrick Bond: The Rio+20 Earth Summit under way this week in Brazil is devoted to advancing the ‘Green Economy,’ which is the environmentalism of the rich. For most people and the planet, it will be a disaster.
World Bank and G20 megaprojects provide cheap power to giant corporations, bypassing the poor.
Until rich countries are held to account for the economic and environmental crimes they have committed, no foreign leftist has a right to denounce the Ecuadorean government led by Rafael Correa for using the country’s natural wealth to meet its peoples’ needs.