Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vatican warns of 'green protectionism'

Position paper praises Rio+20 for environmental awareness but denounces technological solutions taken by nations
Brazilian army soldiers patrol the Copacabana beach June 11 ahead of the U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janerio June 20-22. Delegates will gather at the summit to try to map a sustainable course for the world's 7 billion people. Ricardo Moraes / CNS.
With the environmental conference Rio+20 on the horizon, Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service summarizes the Vatican's position on environmental issues:
As the international community looks for ways to protect the environment while promoting development, it must keep the good of human beings and the protection of human dignity as its central goals, according to the Vatican. 
Among the points it makes in a position paper for the upcoming U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the Vatican warns that efforts to promote a "green economy" of environmentally friendly goods and services could lead to "green protectionism," rewarding technologically advanced countries and hurting the poor.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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