Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, environmentalists and U.N. bureaucrats are back in Brazil. After a decade of railing about
global-warming climate-change “tipping points” — which were always just around the corner, but never arrived — they have changed their tune once again. Now they say the “real threats” involve sustainable development, biodiversity, and widespread species extinction.
In Rio, they are hosting the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development — seeking greater power to control national, state, community, and family decisions on energy use, living standards, and economic development . . . and to secure direct funding of U.N. organizations via taxes on global financial transactions.
Two hundred miles away, in Belo Horizonte, more activists are holding an equally lavish Agenda 21 “ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability” summit.
Fortunately, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) is also in Rio and Belo Horizonte, asking tough question and raking the transnationalist muck. They will be sending updates to Planet Gore, so stay tuned.