Audio: Earth Minute – corporations try to advance the green (greed) economy in Rio

Global Justice Ecology Project partners with Margaret Prescod and the Sojourner Truth show for weekly Earth Minutes and weekly Earth Segment interviews.

To listen to or download this week’s Earth Minute on KPFK’s Sojourner Truth show, click on Earth Minute 27 June 2012.

Text from this week’s Earth Minute:

Last week, government leaders convened in Rio de Janeiro for the UN’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.  One of the goals: develop a Green Economy built on so-called “green growth” basically–a greenwashed version of the same Greed Economy that has trashed communities and ecosystems to enhance the profits of a very few.  In response, social movements, Indigenous Peoples, organizations and Southern countries stood fast in Rio to oppose this Greenwash Economy.

But parallel to the Rio+20 summit, industry networks such as the Consumer Goods Forum were convening events to promote the Green Economy through so-called “public-private partnerships” designed to use global environmental, social and economic crises to advance their economic agenda under a green umbrella.

The Consumer Goods Forum includes 650 corporations such as Coca Cola and Unilever that have combined sales of over $3 trillion.

For the people driving these projects, clearly the word “green” stands for money.

For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth show this is Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project.

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