Rio + 20 and Inconvenient Truths or The Slogans Conference

The Rio + 20 Conference will take place by the side of a beautiful costal lagoon where lots of raw sewage is discharged. Eutrophication and high rates of sedimentation are major problems of the lagoon.  Due to the sewage, the lagoons do not provide a safe environment for recreation.  High rates of sedimentation has made it unfit for transportation.  Fish disappeared.

This is not due to lack of technology or funds for “sustainable development”, a major issue at the Conference.  In that area, there are both economic requirements for investments in sewage collection and treatment with an acceptable payback: willingness to pay and capacity to pay.  It is a wealthy neighborhood by any standards.

The so called “sanitation program” of the area started in 1986!  Until now, there is no deadline for its completion.

The water utility do not report on progression of sanitation works to the environmental authorities nor to the public.  This lack of transparency and accountability is the “state of the art” practice in Brazil, mainly when it comes to state-owned water utilities.  Most of them are highly dysfunctional!

The local utility keep pretending to blame urban development.  And pretending that this is all due to lack of appropriate individual treatment of sewage, which is known to be more expensive than conventional solutions. And not effective.  People insist to defecate every single day!

Ban Ki-moon, the UN delegates, the delegations, the NGOs who transformed “sustainable development” in a slogan are not aware of it or prefer not to be aware of it?

Are these the guys who call for a gigantic financial fund and technology transfer to cope with climate change?




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Luiz Prado

Quando estudante de Economia, já no segundo ano da faculdade, caiu-me nas mãos o relatório Limites para o Crescimento, encomendado pelo Clube de Roma ao MIT. Para quem não sabe, o Clube de Roma era um encontro anual de dirigenes de grandes corporações para dividir mercados. No período anterior, Agnelli propôs que discutissem, também, fontes de suprimento de matérias-primas. Como não tinham as informações, encomendaram o estudo sobre o tema ao MIT. Limites para o crescimento era algo impensável na teoria econômia! - e os economistas ainda continuam medindo o mundo pelo tal crescimento do PIB! Daí para apaixonar-me por recursos naturais foi um pulo. E passei a vida trabalhando sobre o tema.

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