“(…) Recent World Summits on the environment have not lived up to expectations because, due to lack of political will, they were unable to reach truly meaningful and effective global agreements on the environment.” (LS, 166)

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The United Nations has organized twenty Climate Summits since the Rio Summit of 1992, and the progress made since then to halt the gradual increase in the average temperature of the earth, which threatens all life on the planet, has been minimal.  Now, there has been some progress, because in the early years there were many countries that denied the existence of climate change.  Recently it was discovered that Exxon Mobil, a major US oil company, knew what the consequences would be of burning its product back in the eighties, but instead decided to ignore them to safeguard their profits. Many governments chose to believe in their business for too long.

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