Poverty Pollutes: Can we have our Earth Summit back, please?

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Bjorn Lomborg

2012-05-28

A message from Bjørn Lomborg to organizers of the Rio+20 environmental summit: poverty pollutes.

The upcoming United Nations green summit in Rio de Janeiro is in trouble—and with good reason. The planners of the mammoth event have been unable to agree on just what to say in the outcome document, ironically called “The Future We Want.” This week, dignitaries are meeting in New York City for a final attempt to find common ground.

It won’t be easy. Over the past four decades, the U.N.’s concern for “green” issues has moved ever closer to the fashionable concerns of rich Westerners and away from the legitimate concerns of the overwhelming majority of the earth’s people.

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