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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
95/APRIL EARTH DAY 25 INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR EARTH DAY 25
Earth Day 25 has proven the ideal occasion to help strengthen
commitments around the world for global environmental stewardship and
sustainable development. The U.S. foreign affairs community, in
cooperation with domestic agencies and non-governmental organizations,
has facilitated a range of educational and outreach programs.
More than100 Embassies -- including AID, USIS, also Peace Corps
staff and volunteers -- have mounted diverse Earth Day activities.
These run the gamut from cleanup campaigns and recycling initiatives,
to symposia, other communication and cultural events, educational
programs, and exploration of new energy and environmental technologies.
"Service for the Environment"
Encourages varied environmental action projects -- particularly between
Earth Day or World Environment Day, June 5. Participants include the
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 educational institutions
in contact with USIS posts, AID Missions and the Peace Corps. A "core
educational packet" is provided both to enhance environmental education
and to foster "learning through service." The National Association for
Environmental Education has established an Internet connection,
"GreenServe" for groups to exchange ideas and experiences on
"Global Natural Resources"
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
Marking the first anniversaryof GLOBE, USIA is carrying a brief video
promotional for the program, and conveying a message/byliner by Vice
President Al Gore. The Vice President's initiative for global learning
and scientific monitoring of environmental conditions around the world,
will involve 15-20 schools abroad by Earth Day, and approximately 1,500
schools in the U.S. with more schools here and abroad continuing
CSD Presentation on Biodiversity
With the Department of the Interior, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
and private groups, the Department is organizing a special multi-media
presentation April 20 in conjunction with the conference of the
Commission for Sustainable Development, on indigenous peoples
contributions to protection of forests and biodiversity.
Some 50 WORLDNET TV Interactives will be the centerpiece of U.S.
Mission-organized symposia with officials, environmental leaders and
media around the globe on varied subjects. These events and other
communications activities will be supported through an array of media
including, 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 news and 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
AID: Environmental "Lessons Without Borders"
Set for Seattle during Earth Week (April 17-21) Special programs on
biodiversity, capacity building for sustainable development.
Peace Corps Expanded Environmental Education underway, including
inventive teacher's guide; diverse special events from northern coast of
Honduras to Tonga, environmental awareness campaigns.
Greening the Department/Embassies
The Department is taking steps in both energy efficiency and
environmental protection, including a pilot project in energy efficiency
performance contracting and a major design contest for Embassy Berlin to
include energy and environmental safeguards. The Department has
produced a brochure outlining energy and environmental efforts to date
and next steps.
U.S. Environmental Technologies
The Department is collaborating with others on "G-Net" -- Internet
connections and databases promoting U.S. environmental technologies, in
support of the National Environmental Technology Strategy to be unveiled
by the Administration April 18. With assistance from the Department of
Energy and cooperation of other agencies, the Department is producing a
video documentary showing the application of environmental technologies
for sustainable devlopment and sustainable communities.
Earthwatch/ the Earth Corps
To strengthen scientific inquiry and environmental monitoring, the
Department is cooperating with Massachusetts-based NGO, Earthwatch, to
foster Earth Corps teams abroad. U.S. Embassies, overseas Americans and
citizens or organizations of other countries have been invited to take
part in Earth Corps projects.
The Department of State OES and INR Bureaus will sponsor a feasibility
study for a new computerized map of the world that will serve as the
basis for a wide range of environmental monitoring, resource management
and land-use planning activities.
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