22 Jun '12, 11am

Rio+20: The View from Manhattan

This week we hit the streets of Manhattan to talk to the public about Rio+20 , the three-day environmental conference that opened on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. We wanted to gauge public awareness of the event and solicit views on whether developing nations should pursue economic growth in an environmentally sustainable way. More broadly, we wondered whether people believed that international conferences like Rio+20 can bring about change. We hailed down passersby at the corner of Third Avenue and 43rd Street, a few blocks from United Nations headquarters . It was hardly a statistical sampling of American public opinion, but people from various cities across the country as well as Australia, Colombia, Honduras, France and Ukraine did stop to share their thoughts. Some people knew about the conference,and some not at all. The biggest surprise was that we encountered very l...

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