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CFACT's Rio+20 sand art

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The negotiations in Rio are still going strong and the risk to our economy and national sovereignty is genuine. 

CFACT has always managed to use a unque brand of creativity to drive home important points in interesting and sometimes light-hearted ways. 

We found a team of sand artists to craft us a message for the UN on Copacabana beach.  It was great fun.  Here's our press release and some pictures.

For nature and people too,

Craig Rucker
Executive Director

Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday June 22, 2012

CFACT unveils Rio+20 sand art

Planet weeps behind bars as it contemplates

The future we dread”

(Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana) CFACT commissioned a team of local sand artists to erect a large work on Copacabana Beach at Posto 3.

The works features a large blue earth, weeping behind bars as it contemplates Rio+20 creating not “the future we want,” but “the future we dread.”

CFACT’s artwork has become an attraction, with tourists and local people pausing for photos. A band of musicians stopped to play, prompting dancing and fun.

“CFACT always tries to have a creative touch,” said CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker, “we feel it’s important not only to carry our message into the heart of the negotiations, but also to real people.”

“Rio+20′s ‘Future We Want’ document is chock full of troubling policy proposals,” said CFACT President David Rothbard, “redistributing 0.7% of GNP, bloating UNEP into a new super eco-bureaucracy, trampling on the sovereignty of nations and grabbing control of the oceans are but a few. There are many more ill-conceived proposals in the current draft and there are still worse things being pushed behind closed doors by bureaucrats and pressure groups.”

“The UN should rescue Rio+20, but they’re almost out of time” Rucker said, “The UN should strip all of the taxes, invasions of sovereignty and bureaucratic empire building out of the Rio text and return to the UN’s core values. Individual freedom, free enterprise, prosperity, respect for private property and the rule of law are the proven paths to accomplish all that is the best for people and the planet too.”

Media ready photos are available to download for use at The sand art is easily found along the Copacabana beach walk, just past the sign for Posto 3. It is an attractive photo opportunity.

CFACT, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, is a U.S. based NGO that addresses issues of environment and development around the globe. It is the preeminent organization at Rio+20 questioning the orthodoxies surrounding sustainable development and climate change.

CFACT is your best source for Rio+20 news and analysis that challenges the status quo. More information – including bios, video, pictures, news and commentary – at, and CFACT’s experts are available to all media.

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