Mon, Mar 08, 2004 - Page 2 News List

A sustainable future is crucial

LIVELIHOOD THREATENED Environmental groups say politicians should focus more on the environment and address issues that could lead to suffering for Taiwan's people

By Chiu Yu-tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Health problems

Chang estimates that more than 1 million voters suffer from health problems associated with environmental deterioration. In addition, residents unsatisfied with the establishment of not-in-my-backyard (or NIMBY) facilities, such as waste incinerators, garbage landfills or power plants, need to be prodded into action.

"If you suffer from asthma, why do you vote for a party neglecting the prevention of air pollution?" Chang said.

Chang said that the DPP-led Central Government did something about sustainable development, such as strengthening the functions of the Executive Yuan's National Council for Sustainable Development.

In August, 2002, the council led governmental officials to participate in the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. In January last year, Chen designated the year as the First Year of Sustainable Development in Taiwan, revising certain polices to keep abreast of what is going on in other countries with the emphasis on sustainability.

On World Environment Day on June 5 last year, the council's executive-general and Minister without Portfolio Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) for the first time announced a total of 42 "Taiwan Sustainable Development Core Indicators" in six categories.

Chang said that activists would like to have both political camps sustain their future strategies ensuring Taiwan's future.

He said that an environmental awakening movement would be promoted by the society, beginning this week, and the campaign would continue till the end of the year when the legislative election is held.

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