The second UN Earth Summit

Richard reminded NGOs not to take their eye off the ball, even when high-profile negotiations such as the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit promised so much. 

After all, Rio took place 20 years after the 1972 Earth Summit with no real let up in the rate of environmental degradation, and slow progress on human development. What was going to be different this time, he asked.

Writing in the Guardian several months after the event, Richard said: ‘the priority now is to construct positive incentives for industry, households, communities, local governments and so on, enabling them to do a better job’.

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