- August 15 - World Wildlife Fund today
called on the United States to lead in new global efforts to
improve access to clean water, energy efficiency and renewable
technology. The call to action comes as world leaders are preparing
for the Earth Summit to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from
August 26 through September 4. The Summit will be the largest
environmental meeting since the Rio Earth Summit 10 years ago.
"WWF believes that President Bush's efforts to get the nations
of the world to help us solve the problem of terror will be greatly
strengthened if he is seen leading an equally broad coalition to
better the environmental and economic conditions under which
billions of the world's people continue to live," states Brooks
Yeager, WWF's vice president for global threats.
"Over one and one half billion people lack ready access to clean
drinking water. Since the Rio Summit in 1992, the world's energy
consumption has increased by 10 percent. The United States spends
less than one-tenth of one percent of its gross national product
helping other countries better their living conditions and protect
their environment. Clearly the billions of dissatisfied people out
here are contributing to the part of the problem of instability in
the world we face today," continued Yeager.
Yeager, who will lead World Wildlife Fund's delegation to the
Earth Summit, summarized WWF's goals for the Summit: "We want a
global commitment to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency
and renewable technologies in the developing world. We want a
commitment to improve the access to safe drinking water for
billions of the world's poor people, including protecting the
watersheds and developing sanitation technologies that are
necessary to have clean water in countries. We clearly want rules
to develop that will ensure accelerating trade and globalization
which is fair and environmentally sensitive, and we want a
commitment of resources from a developed countries, including the
United States that will enable that progress to happen."
World Wildlife Fund,, known worldwide by its panda logo, leads international
efforts to protect the diversity of life on earth. Now in its fourth decade, WWF
works in more than 100 countries around the globe.