2012-02-23 It Happened in Rio: The Crowd Leads while Government Follows
Rio+20, the global environmental conference in Brazil last month, has been called “a failure of epic proportions” and “nothing more than a political charade” – but that is wrong. While the pace of international climate and sustainable development negotiations can seem frustratingly slow, local and sub-national governments and businesses around the world are taking action. In addition to the 50,000 people present in Rio, hundreds of thousands more participated virtually to make their voices heard. Countries, communities and companies worldwide announced hundreds of individual commitments to instigate real change on climate, oceans, and cities – regardless of any United Nations document.