Gorgeous models, bubbling champagne, and poached salmon are things you might expect at a fancy corporate event, not a gathering of dyed-in-the-wool environmental leaders bent on drastically reducing our “over-consumption” of the Earth’s resources.
But that was exactly the scene this past weekend in beautiful Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives — now known by its new name, “ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability” — held its World Congress, prior to jetting down to the coast for the U.N.’s mega Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
ICLEI is the international organization charged with bringing the U.N.’s vision of sustainable development (and its “Agenda 21” plan) to towns and cities like yours around the globe. What we found was a gathering of more than 1,000 municipal bureaucrats, city planners, eco-tech junkies, and, of course, Green activists, all enjoying the opulent hospitality of their taxpayer-supported hosts.
You can see some of the extravagance for yourself here.
And for all the talk about using, imposing, and enforcing “sustainable development” to help the world’s poor, the only sightings we had of commoners were the good-looking guys serving nonstop finger food, champagne, espresso, and other sumptuous fare — or even worse, the gorgeous women parading down the runway among the tables, in some kind of sick Hunger Games reprise, wearing haute couture supposedly made from recycled refuse, to amuse the elites.