A number of African environmental organisations have condemned next month’s Rio-Plus 20 “Earth Summit” as aimed at “the greening of the existing economic system which is not sustainable”.
Among their demands are that African countries should “leave fossil fuels in the soil” and reject crude oil, gas (including fracking), tar sands and coal extraction.
The African Center for Democracy & Human Rights has also condemned “the priority given to inappropriate resource mining, excavation of water sources, and inadequately vetted commercial or industrial interest in land investment and development”.
Yet a third continental grouping urges the setting-up of “independent monitoring and accountability mechanisms that ensure that human rights are justiciable, and [to make] extractive industries and investors legally accountable in the country hosting their activities and in the country of legal domicile”.
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11719.