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Rio+20 Off to Disasterous Start

President Obama has refused to attend and sent Secretary of State Clinton – fan of the Tar Sands XL Pipeline – in his place.

The representatives of Global Campaign for Climate Change (tck tck tck) at Rio+20 report that even starting with expectations dramatically lowered,  this is turning into a disaster with countries mutually agreeing to a “Polluters’ Charter” rather than recognizing the irretrievable tipping points we are dangerously close to. Future generations may remember this as our biggest failure. It is doubtful we will be known as the “greatest generation.”

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Below are some quotes the GCCA asked to give wide publicity to.

Today we just want to share some sound-bites from GCCA partner statements to give you a sense what your friends in this alliance are saying:

“Rio+20 has turned into an epic failure. It has failed on equity, failed on ecology and failed on economy. We were promised the ‘future we want’ but are now being present with a ‘common vision’ of a polluter’s charter that will cook the planet, empty the oceans and wreck the rain forests. This is not a foundation on which to grow economies or pull people out of poverty, it’s the last will and testament of a destructive twentieth century development model.” – Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace

“Despite a late night negotiating session, the revised text is a colossal failure of leadership and vision from diplomats. They should be embarrassed at their inability to find common ground on such a crucial issue. Now it’s up to world leaders to get serious about sustainable development and save this process. If they approve what’s on the table now without significant changes, they’ve doomed Rio+20 to ridicule. […] Two years and one late night of negotiations later, diplomats in Rio are letting the world down.” – Jim Leape, WWF

“The Brazilians, apparently supported by many major delegations, are determined to shut down further debate on the text. But with world leaders arriving in Rio and more than three days of the conference to go, that would be a betrayal of all we’re trying to achieve and a staggering waste of opportunity. So we’re challenging heads of state and government to use the remaining days to inject some desperately needed urgency into the text. It must respond to the gravity of the environmental crisis and the scandal of global poverty, and create momentum for sustainable development. There is so much at stake – this is not the time to stop working.” – Alison Doig, Christian Aid

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