This guest post is by Kate Raworth, senior researcher at Oxfam. The ideas in this post are also explored in a collection of writings about the Earth Summit, Rio+20: where it should lead, published by Green Alliance and the RSPB.
Security is up, there’s a buzz in the halls. World leaders are now at the Rio+20 conference (well, at least the ones who bothered to turn up).
But I get the feeling that they packed their suitcases badly for this trip. Too many are weighed down with the baggage of short term national self interest. Was there no room in their bags for future generations, no space in their entourage for the world’s poorest people?