Monday, April 14, 2003
This time last year I was organising Day 2 of the Oxford Earth Summit...
The talks + quotes from this day are listed below and concentrate on highlighting what we can do to protect the environment, spend money more wisely, equip poor countries with the skills and people they need to tackle their own problems + why it is important to tackle development + environmental problems together...
DAY 2: Tuesday, April 16th 2002: "Examples of good + bad practice"
Dr. Kate Oddie: Mongolian Ecology
Listen to Kate's talk entitled "Baseline data and the practicalities of field research + funding. A Mongolian case study" as a MP3.
* "Many species in much of Mongolia have never been described."
Prof. Norman Myers: Oxford University
Listen to Norman's talkentitled "Perverse subsidies and other crazy policies" as an MP3.
* "Subsidies for agriculture foster over-loading of croplands, leading to erosion of topsoil, pollution from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and release of greenhouse gases among other adverse effects."
Dr. Rosie Trevelyan: Tropical Biology Association
Listen to Rosie's talk entitled "Developing human resources in the tropics and building link" as an MP3.
* "Countries rich in biodiversity tend to be poor in the resources necessary for describing, assessing and managing it."
Dr. Brenda Boardman: Oxford University
Link to the Environmental Change Institute.
Link to www.ChangingClimate.org.
Mr. Matt Prescott: Summit Organiser
Listen to Matt's talk entitled "Why Australia is more interesting than the Moon" as an MP3.
* "Thousands of Australian plants have been given names but we do not understand how most of them reproduce."
Sir Richard Jolly: United Nations Development Programme
Listen to Sir Richard's talk entitled "What will make human development truly sustainable?" as a MP3.
Link to the UN's annual Human Development Reports.
* "Sustainable development is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Dr. Peter Henderson: Fish ecologist
Listen to Peter's talk entitled "Managing natural resources sustainably:Examples of successes and failures" as an MP3.
Link to Pisces Conservation.
* "Fisheries can collapse because of over-fishing, habitat damage + changes in the climate."
Ms. Jane Morrice: The Northern Ireland Womens' Coalition.
Listen to Jane's talk entitled "The role of women in democracy and conflict resolution" as a MP3.
* "A society which strives for, or achieves, gender balance in political and religious systems is one less likely to accept inequality in other sectors of society."
Posted 9:09 pm by Matt Prescott