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GreenYes Digest Thu, 16 Jan 97 Volume 97 : Issue 7

Today's Topics:
Fwd: Environmental Position Open
Fwd: opportunity to be heard in DC
Fwd: Worldwatch: World in Bad Shape

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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:15:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fwd: Environmental Position Open

This posting for grad student interns was just sent to me by a friend. Is
anyone interested? If so, please reply as indicated.
Gretchen Brewer
Earth Circle
Forwarded message:
Subj: Environmental Position Open
Date: 97-01-15 10:12:27 EST
From: MSAG
To: EarthGB

I thought you might be interested in checking out this company...

This job announcement is from:

<> (Gil Friend)

Gil Friend and Associates, a consulting company specializing in strategic
environmental management, is seeking graduate student interns to work as
project assistants on Integrated EcoAudits, Environmental Management
Systems, Industrial & Regional Metabolism analyses, software development,
Web site management and other projects.

For details, please see the full announcement at
<>. If you don't have Web
access, please _reply_ to this email--and be sure your reply is directed
to me, _NOT_ to your list-serve--with the words "Details please" in the
message body.

Thanks for your interest, and for passing this on to appropriate
candidates. Sorry for the inevitable cross-postings.


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:15:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fwd: opportunity to be heard in DC

Dear GreenYesers,
Here's another posting of possible interest.
Gretchen Brewer
Forwarded message:
From: (Anne Scheinberg)
To:,,,,, (Barbara Burns), (Jenny Carton)
Date: 97-01-16 00:07:53 EST

>>From: (Diane Gilman)
>To:, 72614.3672@CompuServe.COM,,
>Subject: opportunity to be heard in DC
>Date: 14 Jan 1997 00:14:18 GMT
>Organization: Context Institute, Langley, WA USA
>>>This message from
>>> Good afternoon- My name is Lydia Bickford and I am a
>>> political appointee in the Clinton administration. I am
>>> participating in a project for the White House Women's
>>> Office called At The Table. The explanation of this project
>>> has been posted on favnet in the past, as well as abigail's
>>> list I believe. I'm working on the project today at my
>>> office. I am trying to widen the circle; I have already
>>> submitted the views of about 1300 women but I want to keep
>>> going. It is an opportunity for you to send in your views
>>> which are passed along to the President and his top aides.
>>> I am going repost the explanation and hope you will respond.
>>> I would also like you to encourage other women to respond,
>>> put it on your college/university list serv's, and/or on
>>> other e:mail lists.
>>> Thank you for your help, I think you'll agree this is a
>>> wonderful idea. If you have any questions, please feel free
>>> to mail me and I'll answer as soon as I can. I'll be at
>>> work all next week. Take care.
>>> Lydia
>>> The Clinton administration has asked its women political
>>> appointees, like me (Interior-Indian Affairs), to meet with
>>> women around the country as they travel. Since I am pretty
>>> well anchored to my desk, I am conducting the project by
>>> internet. Please let me know what's on your mind. It can be
>>> issues/concerns/good/bad/all of the above. I will need your
>>> name and mailing address so the White House can send you a
>>> thank you note. (Don't get nervous if it takes a while, I
>>> do the reports in my spare time and can't always get to them
>>> right away.) Your name will NOT be sold or given away.
>>> Please describe yourself briefly so I can do a short
>>> demographic paragraph in my report. Then tell me what you
>>> want the President to know. I write reports of your views
>>> which go to the White House Women's Office, President
>>> Clinton, and his top aides. It can be as long or as short
>>> as you like. There is no time limit on this project, but if
>>> you could get back to me in the next month or so, I would
>>> appreciate it. Please share this information with other
>>> women you think might be interested. (Not to worry, this is
>>> not a poll and other women appointees are meeting with
>>> groups of women personally. This is my way to reach more
>>> women.)
>>> My internet address is:
>>> (That stands for Interior Office of the Secretary,
>>> Department of the Interior, government.)
>>> Please do not send me attachments, I can't decode them.
>>> (Trust me, I had a team of four techies trying everything
>>> they could imagine.)
>>> Thank you for taking your time to do this. I truly
>>> appreciate it. It's a terrific project because of women
>>> like you who are willing to participate and help. Take
>>> care. I look forward to your responses.
>>> Lydia
> Context Institute
> A Catalyst for a Sustainable Future Since 1979
> Tel +1 360 221 6044 Fax +1 360 221 6045
> PO Box 946, Langley, WA 98260 USA
> IN CONTEXT on the web -

Anne Scheinberg

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Advice, Consulting, Networking

26 King Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072 USA
Tel: +1 413-367-2718
email: <>


Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:47:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fwd: Worldwatch: World in Bad Shape

For everyone's info...
Gretchen Brewer
Earth Circle
Forwarded message:
Subj: Forward: Worldwatch: World is Bad Shape
Date: 97-01-12 00:52:40 EST
From: MSAG
To: EarthGB

.c The Associated Press
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five years after the Earth Summit, with all
its promise for attacking global ills, forests still disappear, the
air is murkier than ever, population is up almost half a billion
Worldwatch Institute paints another bleak global landscape in
its annual ``State of the World'' report being released Sunday.
The secretary-general of the 1992 summit endorses much of the
assessment. But U.S. and World Bank officials claim credit for
major efforts to reverse the decline. And at least one resources
expert insists the planet is better off than ever.
Governments lag badly in meeting goals set at the Rio de Janeiro
summit, the environmental research group Worldwatch says in its
global review distributed in 30 languages.
``Unfortunately, few governments have even begun the policy
changes that will be needed to put the world on an environmentally
sustainable path,'' the independent institute declares.
In what has become an annual litany of earth's ills, Worldwatch
documents problems with food supply, crop-land depletion, chronic
disease, loss of species, climate change and political instability.
Christopher Flavin, a lead author of the report, calls the Earth
Summit a ``last hurrah'' for the idea that sweeping government
programs can cure a sick planet.
Among Worldwatch's gloomiest conclusions: millions of acres of
tropical and deciduous forest still disappear each year, carbon
dioxide emissions are at record highs, and population growth is
outpacing food production.
The report found hope in increasing numbers of grass-roots
groups, particularly in Bangladesh and India. Also, more than 1,500
cities in 51 countries have adopted local plans and rules, often
more stringent than their national governments proposed at Rio, the
report said.
Presaging Worldwatch's tally of slippage, Earth Summit
Secretary-General Maurice Strong issued a report last week citing
pockets of progress but concluding ``far too few countries,
companies, institutions, communities and citizens have made the
choices and changes needed to advance the goals of sustainable
Strong, now head of the Earth Council, a nongovernment group set
up in Costa Rica after the summit, said more than 100 nations are
worse off today than 15 years ago, with 1.3 billion people earning
less than $1 a day.
A more formal, multinational assessment of progress since the
summit is expected from a March 13-19 ``Rio+5'' forum in Brazil.
The Worldwatch report is toughest on the United States and the
World Bank.
It says American leadership has faded since the summit, in
contrast to strides by Europe in fighting pollution and Japan in
maintaining foreign aid.
Eileen B. Claussen, assistant secretary of state overseeing
environmental affairs, said Worldwatch is ``generally correct.''
She noted Congress failed to ratify a biodiversity treaty and
slashed funding for the summit's major initiatives.
But she insisted Clinton administration leadership remains
steadfast, listing campaigns for binding provisions in a world
climate agreement, for the phaseout of dangerous chemicals and for
a worldwide battle against marine pollution.
``I think we have a very positive record of leadership on the
issues, but it's true the world has a ways to go,'' Claussen said.
Worldwatch says the World Bank, which lends $20 billion a year
to poor countries, touts environmental lending but pours funds into
``development schemes that add to carbon emissions and destroy
natural ecosystems.''
Andrew Steer, bank director for the environment, said it's
helping 68 countries reform environmental policies and laws.
``We are the largest international financier of pollution
reduction in the world, of national resource management improvement
and of institutional building for the environment,'' Steer said.
The sharpest disagreement with Worldwatch comes from advocates
of economic freedom, who see a planet of progress, prosperity and
Julian L. Simon, lead author with other conservative analysts of
last year's upbeat ``State of Humanity,'' offered wagers against
``any single negative forecast by Worldwatch.''
Simon sees a new century ``less crowded (though more populated,)
less polluted, more stable ecologically and less vulnerable to
resource-supply disruption.''
Worldwatch says that would take broad cooperation. It identifies
a disparate group of eight ``environmental heavyweights'' -- China,
India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, Japan and
Germany -- that it says must lead together because they have the
greatest impact on the planet's health, accounting for more than
half its population, forests and carbon dioxide emissions.
``These eight nations have the Rio agenda -- and the fate of the
earth -- in their hands,'' the report said.
AP-NY-01-11-97 1545EST
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