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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1989

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U.S. INTEREST GROUPS AND PROGRAMS


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Following are listed some groups--sometimes called NGOs (nongovernmental organizations)--currently active on global climate change and ozone depletion. This collection is by no means comprehensive and others will be appearing in future issues.

The National Wildlife Foundation has aimed its Cool It! campaign at college students, encouraging them to initiate specific projects on campuses and in local communities such as planting trees and promoting energy conservation. The Federation will be a clearinghouse for nationwide activities and offer cash awards to schools for special merit. (NWF, 1400 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20036; 202-797-5435.)

Earth Day 1990 is intended to mark the start of a broad-based commitment to building a safe, just, sustainable planet. The group's objectives are educational, economic, political and cultural. Specific goals include tree planting and forest preservation, changes in energy policy and approaches, and bans on ozone-depleting chemicals. (Earth Day 1990, POB AA, Stanford Univ., Stanford CA 94305; 415-321-1990.)

Global ReLeaf is a project of the American Forestry Association to enlist both citizens and national leaders to reduce the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Goals include expanding forest and tree cover in both urban and rural areas, reducing deforestation, reducing fossil fuel dependence and promoting appropriate legislation. (AFA, POB 2000, Washington DC 20013; 202-667-3300.)

The Heat Is On: Greenhouse Effect, Energy Choices and You is the theme of the Union of Concerned Scientists 1989 Week of Education, November 6-12. UCS has expanded its work on nuclear energy and arms control to climate change because it is so closely tied to energy policy. National and local events to educate the public and legislators will be coordinated by staff and interested individuals. (UCS, 1616 P St. NW, S. 310, Washington DC 20036; 202-332-0900.)

Partnership Against Global Warming, organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a cooperative program of demonstrations and policy analysis on energy efficiency with the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Their six-part plan includes the preparation of least-cost energy strategies for the building and transportation sectors of both countries; a demonstration residential retrofit program in the USSR similar to the NRDC project in Hood River, Oregon; and preparation of building codes and standards for use in both countries. (NRDC, 40 W. 20th St., New York NY 10011; 212-727-2700.)

The Global Greenhouse Network, established by the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation in October 1988, consists of activist organizations, legislators and church leaders from 35 nations and six continents and is intended to mobilize world public opinion. The Foundation, along with school teacher associations, youth organizations and church denominations, also launched a three-year public mobilization in June which focuses on practical steps individuals can take in the 1990s. (Greenhouse Crisis Foundation, 1130 17th St. NW, S. 630, Washington DC 20036; 800-ECO-LYNE.)

The Fossil Fuels Policy Action Institute seeks to build a popular vision of positive change, in contrast to contemporary `environmentalism,' which is oriented toward building a membership base for lobbying the establishment. The group has issued its first quarterly newsletter and is in the process of building its funding and membership. (FFPAI, General Washington Exec. Ctr., 2217 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg VA 22401; 703-899-3511.)

The Sierra Club's Global Warming Action Campaign has four main goals: increasing public awareness, protecting the world's rainforests, re-tooling the auto industry for fuel efficiency, and forging a new national energy policy. (Sierra Club, 730 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109; 415-776-2211.)

Econet is a computer-based communication system helping the environmental movement throughout the world to cooperate more effectively through personal computers and local phone lines. It provides event listings, electronic mail, bulletin boards and databases grouped by topic and geographical area. (Institute for Global Communications, 3228 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94115; 415-923-0900.)

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