An event that could have been world-changing has taken place in
But before the conference started we were alerted not to expect too much. NGOs that were given the opportunity to review a draft text of the probable conclusions have criticized it for failing to address global carrying capacities, tipping points, the problems associated with nuclear energy and fossil fuels, and the socio-economic bases for measuring true development (as opposed to GDP growth). A report recently released by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon states: "the international community should measure development beyond GDP and develop a new sustainable development index or set of indicators."
That, in my opinion, is the key to human survival on this planet – at least as we know it. We must come up with new definitions for "develop" and "progress." These must take into account that the current system is a total failure. Half the world is starving or on the verge of starvation, while 5% of us who live in the
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The message for you and me is very clear: do not expect these world leaders to lead us away from the precipice. Do not be disappointed. Instead, recognize that We the People are the only solution. And we are coming together. Our voices are being heard in the Occupy Movement, the demonstrations in Europe, the outcry against Putin in
You and I must keep up the pressure. Speak out, write letters, send emails, sign petitions. Watch the way you shop!