U.S. State Department acknowledges Earth Day’s 40th anniversary

April 20th, 2010 - 3:31 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – The U.S. Department of State released a statement on Monday, acknowledging the importance of a stable ecology on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

“Forty years ago, Earth Day began in the United States as a “teach-in” – a day to educate people about the environmental challenges facing our planet. Today, we know more than ever about the challenges of preserving our environment – from clean water to climate change – and Earth Day has evolved into a call for sustainable solutions and local action all over the world.”

Earth Day has now evolved into a call for sustainable solutions and local action all over the world as global warming and countless ecological issues have constantly been included in agendas of nations around the world.

“The Obama administration has taken concrete steps toward achieving these goals. Under the President’s leadership, the United States has reengaged in international climate negotiations and we are more aggressively working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. And at the State Department, we are elevating environmental issues in our diplomatic relationships and forging new partnerships to better engage on those global challenges.”

The U.S. State Department called on more than 60,000 employees worldwide in 2009 to help lessen the environmental footprint of diplomatic work, and this year, the department is launching the Greening Embassy Forum to share experiences.

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