Earth Day und Earth Week: Weltweite Aktionen zum Schutz unserer Umwelt
Earth Day Deutschland 2004
Der Earth Day 2004 beschäftigte sich schwerpunktmäßig wieder mit dem Thema "Klima". Klimakatastrophen und -veränderungen aus den letzten Jahren sind stärker ins Bewusstsein der Menschen gerückt. Sie sind durch ihre Extreme fühlbarer und erfahrbar geworden. Die Horror-Bilder von Überschwemmungen, Bränden, tropischen Stürmen und Erdbeben verunsichern die Menschen. Der heiße Sommer 2003 ist noch in Erinnerung. Hier können unsere Kampagnen zum Klimaschutz "offene Türen einrennen".
Roberta Haley Savage
To pay tribute to our nation's water resources and to promote awareness of water issues, Ms. Savage designed the Year of Clean Water to commemorate the signing of the Clean Water Act of 1972. These celebrations took place in 1992 and 2002 and included World and Youth Water Summits The President, the United States Congress and a majority of the nation's Governors, supported Ms. Savage's efforts by issuing proclamations in support of the Year of Clean Water.
In 2002, America's Clean Water Foundation created National Water Monitoring Day. In 2003, under Ms. Savage's guidance. National Water Monitoring Day has grown into an international activity and World Water Monitoring Day is expected to grow and expand as an annual event.
Striving to maximize the positive impact that ACWF has on water quality, Ms. Savage has charged ACWF with several key projects. Among them are the On-Farm Assessment & Environmental Review (OFAER) Project, the State/Federal Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Liaison Project, and the Source Water Protection Initiative (SWPI) Project. The OFAER Project conducts comprehensive assessments of water quality, odor, and pest risk at livestock operations. The TMDL Project provides technical assistance to State and Tribal environmental agencies as they work toward implementing TMDL programs for the water bodies for which they are responsible, and the SWPI project attempts to answer the question of whether agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP's) are having their intended impact on water quality.
In addition to her work with ACWF, Ms. Savage also serves as the Executive Director and Secretary of the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA). Prior to her current positions, Ms. Savage worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency, the League of Women Voters Education Fund, and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Ms. Savage studied at the University of Utah and Harvard University. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Policy at the University of Texas.