01 Jul '12, 5pm

The Earth Summit debacle: Why our leaders don’t have game

The Earth Summit debacle: Why our leaders don’t have game

As those of us who attended the Rio+20 Earth Summit get back into the daily grind, and those who weren’t in Rio have already forgotten it ever happened, we begin to realize the mistakes that were made and the lessons we can learn. As a young person who will live with the results of Rio+20 for years to come, it is already feeling like a missed opportunity for something much better. The slogan that was bandied about, plastered onto the wall of the conference center, and put at the top of the final “outcome document” was “the future we want,” but the “we” clearly didn’t refer to the young people who were at the summit, or the many who didn’t even consider going. The future we want was never going to be made in Rio, but a few things sealed its dim fate: 1. Most people declared the game over before they even jumped into play. In the schoolyard, the kid who sits on the sidelines...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/the-earth-summit-debacle-why-ou...

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