Every year the Agenda 21 (ICLEI) summit is held in Rio de Janeiro, and every year capitalism and the United States are blamed for the world’s pollution. The US is expected to redistribute financial and technological resources to the rest of the world for our alleged polluting. The irony of all this, which exposes some of the hypocrisy coming out of the UN, is that Rio is one of the dirtiest places on earth. Their untreated sewage goes right into the surrounding waterways.
For those who are unfamiliar with Agenda 21, Agenda 21 or ICLEI is an action plan of the United Nations dedicated to sustainable development and was an outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. The summit is held every year. Last year was RIO +20, which took place tin June 2012. Next year’s summit will be held in June through August – in Rio of course.
Agenda 21 is “a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control,” according to the RNC. Its ‘programme of action for sustainable development worldwide’ would require developed countries (the US) to redistribute resources, technology, and financial compensation to less well developed nations to compensate for polluting the earth. They (the US) would also have to reform according to UN principles. A scorecard would be kept on us.
Capitalism was blamed for pollution at these summits and the US is viewed as the biggest offender with Brazil’s President Rousseff one of the loudest voices.
Brazil’s President Rousseff at the Rio+20 Summit. People who live in glass houses….
It’s ironic that the summits demanding US action are being held in Rio, one of the most polluted cities on earth.
The Olympics are going to be held there in 2016 and the Olympic sailors are unhappy about the locale.
‘I’ve been sailing all over the world for 20 years now, and this is the most polluted place I’ve ever been,’ said Allan Norregaard, a Danish bronze medalist in the 2012 London Olympics. ‘It’s really a shame because it’s a beautiful area and city, but the water is so polluted so dirty, and full of garbage.’ (Newsday)
Government officials said they will clean up 80% by 2016. The sailors doubt it. It has been festering for decades and measures to be taken will mask the problem, not resolve it.
The AP said that over the last several weeks alone, nearly 70% of Rio’s WASTE goes untreated into the surrounding waters. Famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema are dirty. Untreated sewage pours into a lagoon bordering the Olympic Park. Olympians are worried about their health.
Ian Barker, a medalist and coach said he’s sailed in 35 countries and this is the worst. He said they have to stop to untangle their rudders from rubbish. ‘It’s a sewer,’ he said, ‘It’s absolutely disgusting. Something has to be done about it. But you need the political will for these things to happen and at the moment it’s not there.’