Defenders of Wildlife Announces Forum on Biodiversity

Nigel Allen Nigel.Allen at launchpad.unc.edu
Sat Jul 17 23:30:07 EST 1993


Here is a press release from Defenders of Wildlife.
I downloaded it from the PR On-Line BBS in Maryland at 410-363-0834.

 Defenders of Wildlife Announces Forum on Biodiversity: Science,
Public Opinion and Policy
 To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor, Environment Writer
 Contact: Joan Moody or Rachel Mills, 202-659-9510,
          both of Defenders of Wildlife

   News Advisory:

   "I cannot imagine a scientific problem of greater immediate
importance for humanity."
          E.O. Wilson, on biodiversity, from "The Diversity of Life"


   Who:  -- Sen. Max Baucus, (D-Mont.) chairman, Senate Environment
            and Public Works Committee
         -- Sen John Chafee, (R-R.I.) ranking member, Senate
            Environment and Public Works Committee
         -- Dr. Rodger Schlickeisen, president, Defenders of
            Wildlife
         -- Dr. Edward O. Wilson, professor of the sciences and
            Frank B. Baird Jr., professor of science at
            Harvard University
         -- Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, professor, Yale University
            School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
         -- Geoff Garin, president, Garin-Hart Strategic Research
            Associates

   What: Forum on biodiversity to release key findings from a
national biodiversity study by Peter Hart Research
Associates/Stephen Kellert for Defenders of Wildlife and to address
the state of scientific knowledge about loss of biodiversity.  The
forum will also examine the implications of the study for U.S.
policy on biodiversity.

   When:  Tuesday, July 20, 9:15 a.m.

   Where: Room 406, Dirksen Senate Office Building
          RSVP 202-659-9510 ext. 18

   Why:   Dr. Edward O. Wilson predicts one in five species will be
extinct within 30 years; the EPA Science Advisory Board ranks
species and habitat loss as two of the four greatest environmental
problems facing the planet.  The survey shows the public is largely
unaware of this severe problem but trusts scientists far more than
others to relay such environmental information.  It also shows that
relaying scientific information profoundly changes public opinion.

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