What should companies and governments
focus on now, ten years after Rio?
How do we get around the problem of
governments now being mostly influenced by corporate agendas? How
can we get the citizens to take responsibility?
How serious an emergency situation
do we have now from humans' impact on the environment?
Corporations and the governments that
they employ these days are very reluctant to do what needs to be
done. If the Political Declaration and the Plan of Implementation
which result from this WSSD conference only produce voluntary agreements
for corporate responsiblity, is there any hope we can get a global
Framework Convention on Corporate Accountability?
If this conference doesn't produce
Is there anything else you'd like to
say, for a general TV audience?
Would you like to say a short soundbite
on why genetically modified food crops are not a good idea, for
people who may not understand the issue?
How do you think it came about that
humans became so ignorant and negligent of nature?
Helena, do you want to ask a question?
HELENA NORBERG HODGE: Don't you agree
that even if the rhetoric changes, corporate accountability is the
most important question? So even if the rhetoric includes setting
certain targets, how do we ensure that these targets are actually
met and that there's a real effort to implement them?
HELENA NORBERG HODGE: I've been warning
about economic centralisation or globalisation for 25 years. And
I feel confident that awareness is growing of the central role that
these treaties have had in giving corporations more power, basically
deregulating their activity, destroying millions of smaller local
and national businesses. Do you see a possibility for Greenpeace
to focus on this issue of economic activism, changing the economic
policy to be subsumed under the umbrella of environmental protection?