Thousands of people have gathered on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, to talk about poverty and environmental degradation in preparation for the August 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Yet the big question among public interest participants here is not how to solve the world's woes, but rather whether they should participate at all. Try crossing these guards. Photo: IISD. Cynicism is running high among nonprofit representatives. They arrived in Bali frustrated with the lack of progress in the 10 years since the World Summit's predecessor, the Rio Earth Summit of 1992. As the negotiations …
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David Case writes for Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic Adventure. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his French wife, who eats lots of cheese but never leaves an unneeded light on.