Friday 15 December 2017

World divided over Earth summit

Carla Rosaria in Rio de Janeiro

DEVELOPING world leaders are blasting their counterparts from rich nations at the Rio+20 environment summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Cuban leader Raul Castro says that the unambitious agreement leaders are likely to approve today is a "clear indication of the lack of political will" of developed nations to meet their obligations to clean up the globe.

Leaders met in roundtable discussions yesterday, a day before the summit's close and the widely expected acceptance of a summit statement.

Some activists say any agreement is good and is the basis for future talks. Others complain the document makes few advances beyond what was agreed at the 1992 Earth Summit, also held in Rio.

Yesterday, feather headdresses floated past dreadlocks and activists in cow costumes mingled with others in business suits, as more than 200 non-governmental groups joined in a People's Summit to seek alternative responses to the planet's environmental degradation.

The nine-day alternative event, funded by the Brazilian government, focused the frustration of indigenous groups, environmental activists, unions, land rights groups and others over the alleged timidity of proposals coming out of the official convention, and over international failure to act on commitments made 20 years ago at the first Earth Summit.

Irish Independent

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