Worldwide cynicism about official inaction over sustainability was hardly surprising, but capitalism locks us all into a system that feeds our carbon-hungry lives
By Alison Kemper and Roger Martin; Guardian Professional, Friday 7 September 2012 17.39 BST
After disappointing results in Copenhagen (2010) and Durban (2011), the world awaited Rio+20 with far less anticipation than we had for the Euro 2012 semi-finals, the successful crossing of Niagara Falls by Nik Wallenda, or the return of lunch blogger Martha Payne. Sustainable business, like all other business, has been riveted by the electoral politics of Greece and France and the more or less fictional pronouncements of G20 finance ministers. It was never likely that Rio+20 would change anything.
We know that the international discourse about sustainability will not reverse decades of inaction, that governments will not likely guide us from economic and environmental disaster into a new world order…
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