WITH two months left before leaders assemble for the United Nations Rio Summit, prospects for a radical fix of the planet’s worsening environmental ills and poverty seem remote. Around 100 heads of state and government are expected in Rio de Janeiro for the June 20 to 22 summit on sustainable development. It takes place 40 years after the first big global environment meeting and 20 years after the near-legendary Earth Summit, where the United Nations set up two fora to combat climate change and biodiversity loss.
"Despite the world's third largest economy, India still has huge problems with poverty, graft, water distribution and the environment. There is much to be done, especially with India's children."
That's how environmental journalist Robert Weir summed up his recent seven months in India, spent mostly in Calcutta (Kolkata), working with Rosalie Giffoniello's "Empower the Children" program.
If anything, the world's ecological problems have only grown over the past 20 years since the Earth Summit of 1992 held in the Latin American city of Rio de Janeiro. As the developing world catches up with lifestyles that until recently were the privilege of the leading industrialised countries, the future looks even more perilous than before. Read more: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1093/fe1.htm
India has had some success in reducing poverty, but a staggering 350 million people still live below the poverty line.
And discontent is rising, with the middle income feeling the pinch from soaring food prices.
Industry experts said it's time the government introduce new reforms to spur the country's economy.
As co-chair of the National Agricultural and Fisheries Council’s Committee on Climate Change of the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines, Christian Monsod also spoke at the forum about the role of green technologies and sustainability in poverty alleviation.