Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 21, 2012

Jonathon Porritt: Rio+20 has Unilever – a sign of our unsustainable times

In yet another example of the continuing shift by nation-state governments towards adopting gamekeeper styles of governance (with its emphasis on giving society a loosely-defined, overall shape but largely unconcerned with the details) over any sort of real commitment to engage with the issues; Jonathon Porritt, writing in the Guardian newspaper, highlights who diminished our political representatives’ intentions actually are for driving policies on socio-environmental sustainability when compared to Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Porritt notes:

“I see this as a sign of our unsustainable times. Twenty years on from the 1992 Earth Summit, it seems to be almost universally accepted that governments have less scope and less appetite for governing, and that much more influence (if not power) has flowed over to big business and capital markets.” (Porritt, 2012)

Jonathon Porritt’s article can be read in full here.

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