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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
MARCH 1995 EARTH DAY 25 ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR EARTH DAY 25
State-USIA-AID-Peace Corps cooperation with other federal agencies and
NGOs will produce a richly varied and dynamic global observance of the
25th anniversary of Earth Day. As a result, we will strengthen
constituencies and committments to sustainable development, enhance the
education of young people and advance the adoption abroad of U.S.
More than 60 reports from Embassies -- including AID, USIS also Peace
Corps -- have outlined plans for Earth Day activities. These run the
gamut from cultural events, symposia and cleanup campaigns, to
initiating recycling, creating educational programs, and promoting
bilateral cooperation on environmental policy concerns. :
Idea Exchange - „Earth Day 25 Updateš
A newsletter issued through DosNet, the USIA e-mail system, and in
print, to more than a thousand officers here and abroad, as well as
others in the U.S. A vehicle for Missions to exchange ideas on
„Service for the Environmentš
Encourages varied environmental action projects -- particularly around
Earth Day or World Environment Day, June 5. Participants will include
overseas American International Schools, U.S. Military Dependents
Schools, GLOBE schools, member schools of the National Geographic Kids
Network, schools in Sister Cities programs, and other in contact with
USIS posts, AID Missions and the Peace Corps. A „core educational
packetš is provided both to enhance environmental education and to
foster „learning through service.š The National Association for
Environmental Education has established an Internet connection,
„GreenServeš for groups to exchange ideas and experiences on
„Global Natural Resourcesš
A Catalogue of Support Groups and Programs for International
Environmental Involvement, presents easily used references to major USG
and NGO environmental organizations, their activities, information and
GLOBE First Anniversary
To mark the first anniversary, on Earth Day, of the Vice President‚s
initiative for global learning and scientific monitoring of
environmental conditions around the world, conducted by school children,
special tailored TV messages by the Vice President to be carried by USIA
for participating and interested countries. Fifteen - 20 countries will
have joined GLOBE by Earth Day.
USIA/USIS Program Support
Some 20 WORLDNET TV Interactives to be the centerpiece of Mission
organized symposia with officials, environmental leaders and media
around the globe on varied subjects. Also, a specially designed Earth
Day 25 poster set; re-issue of displays on global climate change and
environmental action, special Wireless File coverages and print
publications, varied feature coverages in 45 languages by the Voice of
America, special features on TV Series „Assignment Earth; inclusion of
environmental information on the USIA Home Page on World Wide Web, a
number of digital video teleconferences, etc.
AID: Environmental „Lessons Without Bordersš
Set for Seattle during Earth Week (April 17-21.)
Peace Corps Expanded Environmental Education underway, including
inventive teacher‚s guide; diverse special events from northern coast of
Honduras to Tonga.
Greening the Department/Embassies
State/A and PA, with facilitation by G, have produced a brochure
outlining efforts to date, next steps in energy conservation, improved
U.S. Environmental Technologies
Collaboration on „G-Netš -- Internet connections and databases promoting
U.S. environmental technologies, in support of National Environmental
Technology Strategy to be unveiled at the White House April 18. Also a
video documentary under production showing the application of
environmental technologies for sustainable devlopment and sustainable
CSD Presentation on Biodiversity
Under development with DoI, a special multi-media presentation at the UN
conference in late April of the Commission for Sustainable Development,
on indigenous peoples contributions to protection of forests and
Earthwatch/ the Earth Corps
Voluntary environmental, scientific research and monitoring programs
around the globe. U.S. embassies and American communities, foreign
government and NGO participation invited.
Also... coverage in Department, USIA, AID, Peace Corps „house organs,š
extensive news coverages by USIA media, placement of Earth Day
information on DOSFAN, media contacts here and abroad on USG
international E Day 25 activities.
SERVICE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
AN EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE BEGINNING EARTH DAY 25
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day and annually, dedicate the
period from Earth Day 25 (April 22) to World Environment Day ő95 (June
5) to „Service for the Environmentš involving schools worldwide and
engaging young people in the spirit of environmental involvement.
Encourage ongoing learning, service and sharing via an Internet
connection called „GreenServeš and with educational materials.
Begin with the period from Earth Day (April 22) to World Environment Day
(June 5) as a special annual season for environmental service. Foster
ongoing efforts to serve the environment all year round.
Primary, secondary and college level schools overseas that are
affiliated with U.S. public and private institutions (DOD & State
overseas schools, GLOBE schools, Peace Corps assisted schools, etc.),
overseas international and local schools, voluntary youth and
environmental organizations abroad with ties to American NGOs (e.g.
Sister Cities, EarthWatch, National Geographic Society...), also schools
and groups in the U.S. that want to participate.
(1)To foster global environmental involvement and awareness among young
people, schools and youth groups are encouraged to engage in
environmental service (from Earth Day to World Environment Day and
ongoing) with projects of their choosing - such as the clean-up of
special urban areas, parks or beaches, tree planting on community
grounds, developing a local recycling program, or an outdoor
environmental science project or contest.
(2)Then schools and groups record their experiences and share lessons
learned and ideas for service via „GreenServeš Internet, fostering
distance learning about global environmental activity. To participate
in the Internet discussion group, send an Internet E-mail message to:
„firstname.lastname@example.orgš and in the text of the message type:
„subscribe greenserveš. The initial phase of Internet interactions
should occur by June 12, 1995.
(3)In addition to the GreenServe Internet, link together via media
coverage students internationally and in the U.S. that participate in
Service for the Environment to enable public awareness of their efforts.
(4)Supporting environmental education materials are recommended and made
available to encourage more ongoing learning and strengthen the link
between service and education.
Department of State, Peace Corps, AID, USIA, DOD, USDA Global Change
Program, Department of Education, GLOBE, Americorps/Vista, Campus Green
Vote, National Geographic Society, EarthWatch, The National
Environmental Education & Training Foundation, Center for Environmental
Citizenship, Center for Environmnetal Education, Sister Cities, others.
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