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Commentary: The Rio+20 Earth Summit: A chance to set our planet in the right direction

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We are two aging environmentalists with more than 80 years between us spent advocating for a cleaner planet and healthier economy. Even from our well-worn perch, what will be taking place at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil this week has the makings of a potential game changer.

The summit is the largest ever organized by the United Nations and is expected to draw more than 50,000 people from 190 countries, including 130 world leaders. The last time the UN organized a conference of this magnitude was 20 years ago in Rio de Janeiro – thus the conference nickname, Rio+20. Just as it did two decades ago, the UN is bringing together governments, international institutions and other major groups to consider a range of measures that will promote economic stability while restoring the delicate balance of the earth's diverse ecosystems.

If anything, the stakes are even higher today.

 

Star-Telegram
Brent Blackwelder and Randall Hayes
Monday, June 18, 2012

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