Documents are now circulating which reflect the basic “asks” for the RIO +20 Summit which starts next week. Here is a list of the “asks” I have discovered so far (you can see more here):
- · A reduction by all developed nations of CO2 emissions by 95% by 2050;
- · A total end to fossil fuel subsidies worldwide;
- · An end to market pricing for energy commodities and energy – regulated pricing so as to end energy poverty and wealth through energy exploitation and promote resource justice;
- · A tax on all developed nations of 0.7% of GDP (every Canadian family would pay $1,211) to support both global environmental governance and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) – a kind of EPA for the world;
- · Global pursuit of the green economy (the EU ambition for RIO +20 is for this idea to be defined);
- · A global reduction in all forms of consumption;
- · Significant efforts to curb population growth;
- · The imposition of constraints on the development and use of specific “environmentally threatening technologies” – especially genomics, synthetic biology, nanotechnology.
This is not the complete agenda, but is the agenda of the many liberal eco-campaigners who will attend. The agenda is called “The Future We Want”. This is definitely not a future that appeals to me.