Saturday, June 30, 2012

The People's Summit

One attempt to provide space for all the non-governmental voices acting in the sustainable development world was to create the "People's Summit."  This was off-site (actually the same land where the original Earth Summit was held) and more of a festival.  I got to explore for one day during my time in Rio.  My day was after a torrential rain, so some of the tents and temporary buildings were suffering from great leaks. Also, as this was Friday, most of the interesting stuff was over.  Still, there were some things to look at.  I wish there had been more art and less consumption. 


The MOMA building, which was surrounded by the People's Summit


GreenPeace had quite a presence at the People's Summit. Their tents were run on solar panels. Unfortunately, I have no idea what this group was protesting...



It is really amazing what you can make from a plastic soda bottle.



There were a lot of people dressed up like animals protesting our meat intensive diets. They were at the main Rio+20 area our first day too.





Brazil played an important role during WWII in providing rubber to the Allies and a new influx of soldiers at the end. This is their Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da II Guerra Mundial. I couldn't figure out how to get up and see the everlasting flame -- there were people there, but all the paths were blocked.