The road to Rio+20: The Green Economy Debate
June 2012 will see a 20 year review of the famous 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The buzzword for the Rio+20 conference is "green economy" but what does this mean in practice?
Critiquing the Green Economy
|The talk may be of a "green economy" but the reality in Africa is of a new scramble for resources by former colonial powers and new emerging economies, with few benefits for the majority of Africans, says Yao Graham of the Third World Network. >Watch video interview|
|Brian Ashley, editor of Amandla magazine in South Africa argues that the environmental crisis can not be separated from the economic crisis - which is why movements in South Africa are pushing a campaign for one million climate jobs. >Watch video interview|
|The replacement of sustainable development with the new concept of "green economy" reflects a major growth in corporate power since 1992 and a widespread acceptance in corporate solutions to the climate crisis despite their patent failure to deliver in recent decades. >Watch video presentations|
|Gonzalo Berron, political advisor for the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas shares plans by Brazilian civil society for Rio+20, which will tap into growing national debate on the development path for the country >Watch video presentation|
The first two video interviews are courtesy of Broker Online