Environmentalists, who left the morning session of the World Summit on Sustainable Development to protest against an action plan for the future of the planet, pinned placards reading ´Betrayed´ in several languages 04 September 2002 on an art action called ´Hear Our Voice´, an installation of sculpture and sound, a few meters away from the convention center in Sandton, hosting the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
Earth Summit: Colin Powell arrives, says nothing
The United States' lack of involvement is doing nothing more than creating future problems for itself. As the above caption says, the Europeans believe that it was the policies of the US that brought on the 911 attack.
This is not to say that the attack could have been prevented. What it does say is that if the US continues to ignore the the problems that concern the rest of the world, there is going to be more repercussions.
The 911 incident impacted on tens of thousands of friends and family of those who were killed. But as tragic as this was, it does not begin to compare to the tragedy that Global Warming can produce. It is nothing compared to the hunger that kills millions of people in the world every year.
I find it interesting that the US continues to focus on Iraq during the Earth Summit. The world is taking a look at what is happening to the planet as a whole and the US is concerned about Saddam building weapons of mass destruction. And after he gets these weapons, what is he going to do with them?
Is he going to wipe out the US? What a joke.
Is he going to wipe out Israel? Another joke. How can he nuke Israel and not kill people from all over the world and destroy the Dome of the Rock.
And if he does fire off a couple of nukes, what will be the price he will have to pay? I think the total destruction of Baghdad and no place to hide anywhere in the world would be his fate. Saddam may be crazy but not that crazy.
The world needs leadership and it does not come with a Secretary of State. It comes with a President. I think little George spent too much time playing cowboys and Indians when he was a little boy.
Powell: US There for Global Problems
The Associated Press, Wed 4 Sep 2002
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — In a direct rebuke to
America's critics, Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States has
not shirked its responsibility to take a leading role in solving global
Powell heckled at Earth Summit
11.14AM BST, 4 Sep 2002 ITV.com London
US Secretary of State Colin Powell was heckled and booed during his speech at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.
Environmentalists whistled, jeered and shouted throughout the address, forcing Mr Powell to pause several times to wait for the noise to die down.
Security guards hustled a number of demonstrators out of the conference hall. Two protesters held a banner reading: "Betrayed by governments".
South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was chairing the session, called for the hecklers to stop and described the outbursts as "totally unacceptable."
Delegates were initially angered when Mr Powell criticised President Robert Mugabe for exacerbating the food crisis in Zimbabwe and pushing "millions of people to the brink of starvation."
Heckling continued when he went on to condemn Zambia, which is also facing a hunger crisis, for rejecting genetically engineered corn that Americans "eat every day".
Campaigners also registered their dissent when Mr Powell defended his administration's environmental record and its efforts to help the poor in the developing world.
A wave of noise erupted when he said: "The United States is taking action to meet environmental challenges, including global climate change."
The US has been hammered for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which many countries view as crucial for reversing a global warming.
The Earth Summit is set to draw to a close later, after ten days of wrangling over environmental safeguards and strategies to minimise poverty
Delegates have reached a compromise deal and UN officials are preparing the agreed proposals for final adoption by the full summit.
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