Rio Summit on Sustainable Development – An Opportunity Mostly Lost

Something kicked me out of bed early in the morning. Way too early… And so I’ve taken some supplements, did some browsing on Facebook and BBC headlines and learned that the Rio Summit on Sustainable Development is now finished. And for the most part, it’s been a bust.

According to the BBC (full article link at end):

“The UN had billed the summit as a ‘once in a generation chance’ to turn the global economy onto a sustainable track.

“‘It absolutely did not do that,’ said Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam GB.”

I’ve been working for Sustainability since the mid-90’s. Used to lead workshops on The Natural Step. Time and time again, it has been the short-sighted economic priorities of corporate leadership that has dragged down any real progress on Sustainable Development. This article states this point blank. This is not news to any who have been following the trends for the past 10 to 20 years.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former head of World Commission on Environment, asserted at the end of the Summit.

“People who have economic power influence political decision-makers – that’s a fact.
What really got my craw in this article from the BBC was the following quote:

“And many governments were bitter that text enshrining women’s reproductive rights was removed from the declaration over opposition from the Vatican backed by Russia and nations from the Middle East and Latin America.”

I am going to state this for once and for all. God Damned Vatican. There is no way that they are really serving the original teachings of Christ with their arcane patriarchal attitudes towards women. And all the nations that follow them. Or stand side by side next to them continuing to restrict a woman’s right to choice what to do or not do with her body. Granted this Rio Summit is only about making declarations and not any enforcement of those declarations. But come on now! How long will it take for all nations across the planet to support women’s reproductive rights? In the meantime, we women will continue to have to find it on our own in dark alleys and hidden hallways putting our health and the stability of families at risk.

Cripes… Wake up folks… It is time for more progressive support of women and Care of our Planet, the only one we’ve got here. A little more Sustainability commitment, anyone?  It’s 4:42am and I need to go back to bed to get some beauty sleep. But cheesy-peesy, some of these mindsets that persist to keep women down and repressed have got to go. I’ve got a good toilet in this house where I live. I’m ready to flush a few mindsets down that toilet. Right here, right now…

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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2 Responses to Rio Summit on Sustainable Development – An Opportunity Mostly Lost

  1. Mary A. says:

    Russia backed the opposition of the Vatican over “reproductive rights” or ABORTION. U.N. wants to pay for abortions for women throughout the developing world. The reason their are contries that are developing and not going bankrupt is because of families and high birth rates. You can’t solve problems by killing people.

  2. Mary,
    I can respect that you and I have differing views on the matter of what the Vatican opposes or supports. However I wonder if you also feel it right that birth control education and condoms be restricted from use internationally where AIDS is rampant, and the population growth rate is already too high?

    Not to really get into a debate here, but the Vatican seems to have little reality check on some of these diseases and the value of birth control, in stemming the transmission of the diseases and also limiting the numbers of children born to parents that don’t want them.

    blessings, deep blessings to you.

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