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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
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
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-
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
FAX703-750-6506/INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.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@
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:email@example.com; 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).
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
THAT WANT TO BE INCLUDED ON DISTRIBUTION LIST FOR UPDATES).
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