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  Massive meeting starts to protect Earth's future
Updated 26 August 2002, 12.14
South African president Thabo Mbeki receives a globe during the welcoming ceremony
The biggest meeting on the Earth's future is underway in South Africa.

Hundreds of world leaders are meeting in Johannesburg for the Earth Summit to discuss our planet and how we must stop destroying it.

  Click here for our guide to the Earth Summit

The aim is to find ways to reduce pollution and end world poverty.

Criticised


It's organised by the United Nations and 40,000 people are going for 10 days.

The focus will be on five key areas - water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity.

But many people have criticised the event saying it won't achieve anything and the President of the United States isn't even going.

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