In contrast with some heads of state, speaking in Rio isn’t just fun and games…

AfbeeldingIn hindsight, we can rightly say that a good number of the excellencies attending Rio+20 had their minds occupied with short term politics in their home countries. It was an excellent opportunity for ‘posturing’: showing their commitment to sustainable development whilst at the same time ignoring the implementation altogether. Some of the activists speaking at the Peoples Summit, fishermen whose livelihoods are at stake due to the expansion of the oil industry in the area around Rio de Janeiro, had more at stake. Their lives in fact. Check the gruesome report here about a number of them being murdered in the past few days, most likely by gangs hired by the contractors building the oil pipelines. Environmental justice, we need it more than ever. 

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