WHAT KIND OF PLANET WILL OUR CHILDREN INHERIT? WILL they have room to roam, air to breathe and food to eat? Will they ever see an eagle flying free or enjoy the solitude of a pristine mountain lake?
Those are among the larger questions on the agenda of an extraordinary meeting of more than 100 world leaders and 30,000 other participants in Rio de Janeiro beginning June 3. The central premise of this unprecedented Earth < Summit is that environmental problems can no longer be solved at the national level. Will the countries represented in Rio -- notably the U.S. -- show the courage and vision and leadership necessary to protect our planet for future generations? The answer is not certain, but there is some hope.