21 Jun '12, 9pm

Lame it on Rio: Youth stage Earth Summit walkout

Lame it on Rio: Youth stage Earth Summit walkout

Youth walk out of the Earth Summit conference. (Photo by Youth Policy .) The Rio+20 conference is remarkably listless; the energy of 1992 has bled into a formulaic bureaucracy-fest. The text negotiators have agreed to punts on virtually every major issue (one analysis showed that governments agreed to “encourage” and “support” actions 148 times, but only on three issues summoned the courage to say “we will” actually do something). But it came spontaneously alive for a few hours this afternoon, when a youth-led demonstration turned into an Occupy-style sit-down that in turn agreed to a mass walkout. We’ve just marched out the front doors of this sprawling complex, 130 strong, surrounded by as many cameras and tape recorders. The youth-led demonstration violated all the U.N. rules — security squads surrounded us at the first sound of controversy, announcing that our gatherin...

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