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All that you learn as a child
Remains forever. It’s true!
We can make a difference too,
And the World will say: - “Thank you.”
The environmentalists who sponsored the publication clearly believe the maxim attributed to the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius Loyola, who reportedly said, “Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.” I do worry that the Jesuits and the environmentalists may be right.
The UNEP pavilion also featured an exhibit of a handmade wind turbine that looked like a contraption out of Mad Max. Basically, making the turbine involves a hub cap, some copper wire, and wooden wind mill blades. The exhibit explained that one could build “a cheap and efficient electric generator that can produce up to 48 volts and charge batteries to supply more than 15 households with light.” It was actually quite clever, but I am not sure what the project is suggesting about humanity’s sustainable future. While looking at the wind mill I sat down on one of the cardboard stools made available for guests. I am 6 feet and 5 inches tall and weigh 200 pounds. While I sat on the stool it began to crumple.
The Rio +20 Earth Summit slouches to its close on Friday.
Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey is the author of Liberation Biology (Prometheus).