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Opinion, by Globe International

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With June's Rio+20 Earth Summit, and this month's UN climate negotiations in Bonn, legislators have so far been on the margins of the official UN environmental processes. This must change.

How many times have government leaders pledged to reduce carbon emissions or tackle the accelerating loss of biodiversity? If statements and pledges were all that it took to fix the biggest global challenges, the world would not be faced with dangerous concentrations of greenhouse gases, shrinking rainforests and extinctions at up to 1,000 times the natural rate.

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