Arnold Schwarzenegger skips out on a mostly lame Rio+20, robbing the world of at least five chances for "I'll be back" to weave its way into speeches about sustainable development.
On one side of Rio de Janeiro, world leaders debated the future of the planet. On the other, a grassroots gathering gave a glimpse of the realities of life in the developing world.
The final Earth Summit agreement, to be signed by world leaders on Friday, isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, according to many critics. But that doesn’t mean it was a waste of time.
A few months ago, Brittany Trilford posted a homemade video of herself on YouTube, pleading with world leaders to save the planet. At Rio, she got the chance to deliver that speech in person, and the whole world was watching.
A storm of tweets cut through the Earth Summit cacophony for a brief moment Monday, but it also reignited old fights between rich countries and poor, and offered a reminder of just how far we still have to go.
The United States, once a regular winner of the polluter-friendly Fossil of the Day Award, has fallen behind the pack, despite some pretty (un)impressive work at the Earth Summit.
Last January, sustainability planner Naomi Devine set out from Vancouver, British Columbia, planning to ride her bike to the Earth Summit in Brazil. It didn’t work out the way she imagined, but she still made the rest of us look like chumps.
With just days to go before world leaders arrive in Rio, international talks are sliding toward the lowest common denominator. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
On the eve of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, we look back at four decades of global conservation efforts and take stock of the successes and the failures. Well, mostly the failures.