09 May '12, 11am

Where the Rio action is: Behind the Earth Summit bureaucracy

Where the Rio action is: Behind the Earth Summit bureaucracy

Please support our fine nonprofit! Help us with a small deposit. (Why are we rhyming in phrases so terse? Grist’s been cursed by verse! ) Photo by Sarah Goodyear. The sticker on the stall door in the women’s room at the United Nations had a simple message: “[stop bracketing / START DOING].” That slogan would have made no sense at all to me just a couple of days earlier, before I sat and watched the preparations for the Earth Summit that will take place in Rio de Janeiro next month. (If you have no clue what the summit is, check out our primer .) The meetings in New York City, which will resume May 29, are called the “second round of ‘informal-informal’ negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document.” Here’s what it looks like: You walk into a cavernous room full of diplomats. Projected on a screen at the front of the room is a paragraph from the aforementioned “zer...

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