#GreenFail: Rio+20 Summit’s ‘Epic Failure’

Russ Steele

Britain was a major leaders in the go green movement, often cited by our former governor as an example to follow.  Here are some of the reactions to the Rio+20 Summit Final Report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation Newsletter:

Green NGOs and charities claim that the text produced by the Rio+20 negotiators from 193 countries is so weak as to be almost worthless. Jim Leape, international director general of WWF, hoped that today’s document would be renegotiated: “It’s pathetic. It’s appalling. If this becomes the final text the last year has been a colossal waste of time.” Friends of the Earth are even stronger in their disapproval, calling the plans “an epic failure”. But in a briefing to UK journalists Ms Spelman argued that the text was as good as any outcome agreed by 193 countries could be – and she expects it to now be rubber-stamped by the world leaders. –Tom Whipple, The Times, 20 June 2012

The head of Greenpeace International said the NGO is moving to a “war footing” after negotiators at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference watered down proposals to protect the world’s oceans. Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International’s executive director, said there were so many fudges in the draft agreement that Greenpeace now had no other option but to change its strategy and start planning waves of civil disobedience. When asked if he was prepared to die for the cause, he responded: “Yes. I feel a very deep sense of that.” –Jo Confino, The Guardian, 19 June 2012

Environmental pressure groups have written off the Rio+20 summit beginning today as “pathetic” and a “colossal failure of leadership”. Expectations were already relatively low for the summit, which is not being attended by senior world leaders. But after the negotiating text which the 130 world leaders will discuss was released the mood of environmental campaigners dropped still further. “It’s the last will and testament of a destructive 20th century development model,” said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace’s international executive director. Jim Leape, the director-general of WWF, said “weak words” had been replaced with “toothless language”. –Alex Stevenson, Politics.co.uk, 20 June 2012

This is good news for those opposed to Agenda 21 and UN IPCC imposed global warming taxes.  The ICLEI could not even get an agreement on the definition of  “sustainable development.”  And, they want to manage “sustainable development” on every county in the US?   We need to make sure they cannot do it in Nevada County!   Full Report HERE.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to #GreenFail: Rio+20 Summit’s ‘Epic Failure’

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Sounds like establishing a Green Aristocracy and a starving serfdom is a tougher sell than the NGOs thought. Yay!!!

  2. Sean says:

    I love that part about the head of greenpeace being willing to “die for the cause”. I also remember when Alex Baldwin said he’d leave the country if Bush got re-elected. Never expected Alex to leave and nor will I expect the greenpeace guy to anywhere soon. But it’s good to have it on record that they say a lot more than they mean.
    By the way, does anyone have any thought as to what will become of some of these NGO’s? I suspect they’ve got pretty used to having a lot of funds to operate but without a cause to motivate people to donate or to twist arms, I’d expect the fundraising to become difficult. So I have two questions. Will the NGO funding well start running dry and second, if it does, will finacially weakened organizations be less threatening or like a hungry predator, become much more threatening and agressive?

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Today, Icecap.us has a column by Lord Monckton, top section, r. hand, that states that the draft document is totally emasculated because last year in Durban Lord Monckton got hold of and released a detailed draft document with all the global governance dirt in it which caused a great deal of protest from the future serfs and upset our future aristocracy. So, this year, tight security and hide the takeover plans till the document is complete is the plan.

  4. Redman2 says:

    Lovelock recants. This is a bombshell. I don’t know if you have noted his turnaround already, but it started 2 months ago. This article from the Toronto Sun lays it all out:
    “Green Drivel” indeed!

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