“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”—Carl Sagan (via politicalprof)
Wish the Dept. of State would post more about 1) what it does with respect to environmental protection 2) successes 3) on going projects and 4) what tangible actions citizens can take (e.g., not bs petition signing).
World Environment Day 2012: Promoting Wildlife Conservation and Preserving Endangered Species
World Environment Day is a time to reflect on our stewardship of the environment and how our choices impact the world around us. Wildlife, from elephants to bees, comprises a critical part of ecosystems upon which humans depend. One of the most challenging and satisfying responsibilities of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) is to join the international community in protecting these precious species and habitats, including from illegal trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products. Such illegal activities undermine national security, economic development, the rule of law, and the social fabric of local communities, in addition to threatening the very survival of magnificent animals like the elephant, rhino, tiger, polar bear, and sea turtle…
The State Department will continue with our diplomatic efforts to cooperate with others to end poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife. So on World Environment Day and every other day you have the opportunity to help us promote wildlife conservation and preserve endangered species. You make a difference by choosing not to purchase or consume products made from endangered species, such as rhino horn, tiger skin or bone, ivory, or sea turtle eggs, meat, or shells. You can help galvanize critical public support for national and international efforts to save these animals by becoming an environmental steward and encouraging others to do the same.