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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. environmental technologies. 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. : Other Highlights: Idea Exchange - ãEarth Day 25 Updateä 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 environmental programs. ãService for the Environmentä 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 ãcore educational packetä is provided both to enhance environmental education and to foster ãlearning through service.ä The National Association for Environmental Education has established an Internet connection, ãGreenServeä for groups to exchange ideas and experiences on environmental service. ãGlobal Natural Resourcesä 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 contacts. GLOBE First Anniversary To mark the first anniversary, on Earth Day, of the Vice Presidentâs 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 ãAssignment Earth; inclusion of environmental information on the USIA Home Page on World Wide Web, a number of digital video teleconferences, etc. AID: Environmental ãLessons Without Bordersä Set for Seattle during Earth Week (April 17-21.) Peace Corps Expanded Environmental Education underway, including inventive teacherâs 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 environmental procedures. U.S. Environmental Technologies Collaboration on ãG-Netä -- 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 communities. 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 biodiversity. 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 ãhouse organs,ä 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 Summary In honor of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day and annually, dedicate the period from Earth Day 25 (April 22) to World Environment Day Î95 (June 5) to ãService for the Environmentä involving schools worldwide and engaging young people in the spirit of environmental involvement. Encourage ongoing learning, service and sharing via an Internet connection called ãGreenServeä and with educational materials. When 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. Participants 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. Format (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 ãGreenServeä Internet, fostering distance learning about global environmental activity. To participate in the Internet discussion group, send an Internet E-mail message to: ãmajordomo@econet.apc.orgä and in the text of the message type: ãsubscribe greenserveä. 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. Facilitators 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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