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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

95/03/01 NEWSLETTER ON EARTH DAY 25







March 1, 1995





EARTH 25 UPDATE





This is #2 of a series of informal newsletters to share information here 

and abroad on activities in support of Earth Day 25 and ongoing efforts 

for global stewardship of the environment.





EMBASSIES MOVE AHEAD FOR EARTH DAY --

As April 22, 1995 approaches many U.S. missions around the world are now 

creatively planning events for the 25th anniversary of Earth Day.  The 

following are some activities to  honor the occasion:



* Embassy Nicosia (Wahba) is organizing a bicommunal, full day, 

environmental conference in April  that will open with remarks from 

Ambassador Boucher and end with a „green concertš.  The conference will 

focus on sustainable development, conservation and the way U.S. 

environmental protection efforts can relate to the experience of Cyprus 

and the Eastern Mediterranean.



* Embassy Buenos Aires (Hernandez), is coordinating an Earth Day 

celebration on April 21 at the United Nations Information Center on the 

environmental legislation and movement in Argentina featuring Dr. John 

Nolan of Pace University, local NGOs and many other Embassies in Buenos 

Aires.  The ceremony will kick off several weeks of environmental 

education and activities leading up to World Environment Day on June 5. 



* The American Institute in Taiwan (Knox-Bennett) is planning a trail 

cleanup that would include both American and local community groups.  

The Institute‚s coordinating team has already approached local 

environmental division of the Chamber of Commerce and NGOs as well as 

Taiwan‚s Environmental Protection Agency to plan this and other 

activities.





GREENING OF FOGGY BOTTOM & EMBASSIES --

The State Department will highlight its efforts to make facilities here 

and abroad more environmentally sound and energy efficient, including 

recycling and ozone protection.  The Bureau of Public Affairs and the 

Bureau of Administration - with counsel from private groups such as the 

Alliance to Save Energy - will outline current steps and plans in a  

brochure.



Meanwhile, Embassies are initiating recycling programs in the spirit of 

Earth Day 25.  Efforts are underway in U.S. posts in Wellington 

(Randall), Aukland (Barkelay), and Jeddah (Paschall).  All three are 

exploring ways to recycle large amounts of paper, glass and plastics.  

For more information on recycling contact: the American Embassy in 

Paris, the first U.S. mission to implement a recycling project (GSO - 

Mrs. Gerry Gurghare Coran #33-1-4296-1202/FAX4266--9783); or Main State 

which received an „outstandingš GSA rating for recycling in 1994 

(Tijuana Thomas Jackson, Recycling Coordinator #202-736-4704/FAX202-647-

1873).



GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION --

The National Environmental Technology Strategy will be unveiled in 

Washington in April, in celebration of the 25th Earth Day (Tom Parker 

#202-426-2078/FAX202-426-2130).  One feature of the day will be the 

launching of G-NET - internet connections and databases that advance 

environmental technology sharing - into the global market place(Bill 

Robertson #703-6401



FAX703-750-6506/INTERNET:bill.robertson@gnet.org).  Following the 

national announcement will likely be an internationally oriented 

conference at Columbia University in New York City to foster 

environmental technology cooperation in the Western Hemisphere and 

beyond as well as promote U.S. environmental technologies abroad (John 

Kallos, Columbia University, #212-854-3489FAX212-316-1473 INTERNET:eb@ 

columbia.edu).





U.S. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMUNITY BULLETIN - - STATE DEPARTMENT

The Department, with the guidance of Under Secretary Timothy E. Wirth, 

is supporting U.S. missions overseas by producing and sending in mid-

March an environmental catalogue and directory useful for Earth Day and 

beyond (for information on the catalogue contact Lori Brutten #202-736-

7374/FAX647-0774/ INTERNET:lbrutten@state.gov; otherwise see below).



U.S. INFORMATION AGENCY

Look for the USIA 1995 Earth Day offering cable including information 

for ordering an abundant variety of materials - brochures, posters, 

videos - useful for celebrating Earth Day (see USIA cable #05224); just 

one of the many substantive Earth Day efforts of Joe Duffey‚s team.



AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AID Administrator Brian J. Atwood has sent out a message encouraging 

posts to be „imaginativeš in planning for Earth Day 25.  The 

Administrator is setting an example by having his agency organize a 

major conference April 17-20 in Seattle: „Lessons without Bordersš - on 

„Bringing Home Environmental Lessons Learned Overseas in the Developing 

World (Karen Anderson #202-647-7547).



PEACE CORPS

Carol Bellamy calls for „community basedš Earth Day efforts in her 

message to the field.  In Romania plans are underway to do a campaign 

for the environment - handing out buttons, brochures and posters and 

wearing Earth Day T-shirts.  Peace Corps headquarters in Washington will 

do a special exhibit on the Mall to honor the occasion and to highlight 

the value of locally oriented learning.







CONTACT MICHAEL SCHNEIDER OR ROBB HIRSCH IN THE OFFICE OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS 

AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOR MORE INFORMATION:#202-647-6240/FAX202-

647-0753/INTERNET:GLOBAL@STATE.GOV (INTERNALLY, USE:„GLOBAL ISSUESš 

UNCLASSIFIED E-MAIL.  SEND MESSAGE TO THIS ADDRESS IF YOU KNOW OTHERS 

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