The draft text for discussion at Rio +20 - the UN conference on sustainable development - makes clear that the summit itself is a waste of energy and time. Even the environmental non-government organizations attending it think so.
Jim Leape, international director-general of World Wildlife Fund, hoped that the document would be renegotiated: "It's pathetic. It's appalling. If this becomes the final text the last year has been a colossal waste of time." Friends of the Earth are even stronger in their disapproval, calling the plans "an epic failure."
None of this surprises anyone. A process by which representatives from 193 countries have to agree on every word, comma and full stop over several months of discussion is not likely to produce much of anything. Yet expectations are always high, especially when thousands of people are attending Rio +20 in the hope of transformative change coming from such a meeting.
Delusion takes many forms. But the core symptoms of delusion are clear for the green movement.
Here is a list:
1) PERSISTENT BELIEF THAT SOME-THING SERIOUS IS HAPPENING.
This has occurred over the last five decades as we have moved through the threat of the ice age, global warming, climate change, climate disaster, man-made natural disaster (another delusion) and the threat of sea-level rise flooding coastal cities around the world.
2) DISORGANIZED SPEECH.
Just listen to Al Gore. While eloquent, he is also disorganized, con-fused, will not answer questions from audience members unless the question and the audience member has been vetted beforehand and will not respond to skeptical concerns.