Monbiot: After Rio, we know. Governments have given up on the planet.

“It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war. The Earth’s living systems are collapsing, and the leaders of some of the most powerful nations – the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia – could not even be bothered to turn up and discuss it.

“The efforts of governments are concentrated not on defending the living Earth from destruction, but on defending the machine that is destroying it. “

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