Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Earth day, 2009

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 aprile 2009

The story of the United States is inextricably tied to  our vital natural resources. As we enter a new era filled with  challenges and promise, we must protect our land, wildlife,  water and air — the resources that have fueled our growth  and prosperity as a Nation and enriched our lives. Doing this  not only fulfills a sacred obligation to our children and  grandchildren, but also provides an opportunity to stimulate economic growth.  To achieve these ends, no issue deserves more immediate  attention than global warming. Scientists have already  observed alarming shifts in the natural world, including  thawing permafrost, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels. Climate change presents a serious test for humankind,  but it also provides an opportunity for great innovation and  adaptation. The United States has risen to such challenges  before, and Earth Day inspires us to transcend differences among  nations so we may lead the world in protecting our planet from  this global threat.  Americans across the country are working hard to help  limit the pollutants that cause climate change and reduce their impact on the environment, but we must do more. Individuals and organizations can plant trees, use energy efficient lightbulbs,  drive fuel efficient cars, hold clean-up drives, and teach young  people about environmental preservation. Small changes in  our daily lives can have a big impact on our environment.  Individuals can walk, bike, and use public transportation;  buy products with less packaging; and recycle and reuse paper,  plastic, glass, and aluminum more often. American families can  also save money by choosing energy efficient products, turning  lights off, unplugging appliances, and cutting back on heating  and air conditioning.  Government and business alike must also take serious and  sustained action to protect our valuable natural inheritance.  Through investments in scientific research and development,  and the vigorous pursuit of alternative and renewable energy,  we can create millions of green jobs that allow us to reduce  greenhouse gases and excel in a competitive global economy. My  Administration is committed to increasing fuel economy standards  more  and putting more Plug-In Hybrid cars on the road, weatherizing  millions of homes, and catalyzing private efforts to build a  clean energy future. My Administration is also working to  achieve a comprehensive energy and climate policy, one that will  lessen our dependence on foreign oil, make the U.S. the global  leader in clean energy technology, and prevent the worst impacts  of climate change.  President Theodore Roosevelt emphasized our obligation  to future Americans, saying, “of all the questions which can  come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of  its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in  importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.” Heeding  President Roosevelt’s call, and carrying forward his spirit  of determination, we must commit ourselves to protecting  our environment and ensuring the health of our planet so we  may share the magnificent blessings of our Earth with our  grandchildren.  We do this not only to acknowledge the environment’s  central role in the development of our Nation but also to  recognize the strong ecological interdependence among nations.  History has shown that as we sow, so too shall we reap. Let us  rededicate ourselves to a world that provides bountiful harvests  for us all not just today, but for many generations to come”.  ( from Barrack Obama)

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