un-sustainable paving stones
Here’s your new “rights.”
[read: what you get to provide for other people.]
Rio+20’s Secretary-General, Sha Zukang: ‘The commitments that we share with you today demonstrate that governments, the UN systems, and the nine major groups are committed and serious about implementation,’
…Some 40,000 people – including Heads of State and government, representatives from non-governmental organizations and the private sector – have been in Rio de Janeiro for the past three days, attending Rio+20, and seeking to help shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.
Whatinhell is “social equity” and what does it have to do with not polluting the water?
‘The Future We Want’ also focuses on improving gender equity; recognizing the importance of voluntary commitments on sustainable development; and stressing the need to engage civil society and incorporate science into policy; among other points.
“gender equity” So they gonna go after those who kill female children trying to go to school? I think not…
‘In a world of plenty, no one – not a single person – should go hungry,’ [United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon] said…
…‘Zero hunger would boost economic growth, reduce poverty and safeguard the environment. It would foster peace and stability,’
the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque has called on governments to fully support the right to drinking water and sanitation at Rio+20.
The Rapporteur expressed concern that a clear recognition of the human right to water and sanitation is at risk of being suppressed from the conference outcome document after three rounds of negotiations in New York over the past three months.
‘Some States suggested alternative language that does not explicitly refer to the human right to water and sanitation,’ Ms. de Albuquerque said in a news release. ‘Some tried to reinterpret or even dilute the content of this human right,’
Hm… I think the measures necessary to provide Other People’s food to the starving would not support “reduced poverty or boosted economic growth.”
“Go where the fooooood is!!”
[I denounce myself. and Sam Kinison .]
Reducing the use of paper, providing vehicles powered by biodiesel and electricity, and using recyclable materials are some of the practices that were pursued at the Conference to minimize the forum’s environmental impact.
Here’s part of how they reduced the use of paper:
No toilet paper, no water, and tables being moved from underneath us. #RioPlus20 clearing out media before they can start the editorials…
But wait — WATER is a HUMAN RIIIIGHT !!!!!!!!!leb121!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe it’s stories like this that worry them?
On closer inspection, this landscape also reveals how much it has been abused. Trash and sewage accumulated over the years choke channels that let water flow between the lakes and the ocean. Pigs root through islands of clotted refuse just hundreds of yards (meters) from where world leaders will nail down shared goals on topics like ocean acidity and biodiversity.
…The pollution spread via channels, including one that travels right through the heart of the convention center, where the visitors will sun themselves on grass beside waste water.
Yep. All those high-fallutin ideas are grand. No one should ever make a mess — or, at least, not clean it up when they do. Everyone should have clean water, adequate sanitation, good food and the freedom to create all those for themselves. But the big old ugly, dirty-bad world just doesn’t work that way.
You cannot take stuff from
capable “fortunate” people in order to give it to other people — while skimming a bit for your trouble — without expecting everyone to get more than a little honked off. It doesn’t matter whether the ‘other people’ are dumb and incapable or beset by situations not of their own making. HappyHappy JoyJoy Utopia? not so much.
Those taken from ain’t a’gonna like it and those given to will ask why they aren’t being given more. ["Yeah - so now I got a toilet. Where's my f'n iFone?!?"] It will create less incentive for everyone to work on their own behalf. [unless you also plan to change Human Nature?] Which will make for less growth, less peace, more instability, more thievery, more war and degradation of the environment… ["If it ain't mine, whyinhell should I bother to keep it clean?!?"]
Other than that — what could possibly go worng?!?