Rio +20 makes no fresh, green breast of the new world

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Like The Great Gatsby, this summit failed to measure up to the challenge of a new world, preferring to recreate the failures of the past The Christ the Redeemer statue is reflected on the windows of a building during the Rio+20 Earth summit. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images “And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his…

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