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PRESCOTT ON THE ENVIRONMENT - 'THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY'

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At the prestigious Priyadarshni Awards ceremony in Mumbai, India, the deputy ...
At the prestigious Priyadarshni Awards ceremony in Mumbai, India, the deputy

prime minister, John Prescott, was presented with the Global Award

for the Betterment of the World Environment.

Mr Prescott received the award from Indian deputy prime minister L K

Advani and took the opportunity to point out that environmental

responsibility did not lie just with governments and business, and

that everyone must think of the global consequences of their actions

at home.

Mr Prescott said:

'I am very grateful to receive this award for the work I have been

involved in. Over the last five years I have worked to find global

solutions to global problems. Now I will work to promote sustainable

development in our communities at home. To sum it up, think globally,

act locally.

'From Mumbai to Manchester we all face the same problems. Whatever

our level of development, environmental degradation, social

injustice, and poverty are always with us. We need to find new ways

to tackle old problems through partnership, co-operation and exchange

of information. We have a lot to learn from each other wherever we

live. We need to recognise our common but differentiated

responsibilities and our inter-dependence in an increasingly

globalised world.'

Mr Prescott also stated that over the last five years, progress had been

made in bringing countries together to find global solutions to the

environmental problems we now face such as climate change.

Mr Prescott said:

'When we came into government in 1997 my imagination was captured by

the need to put a great deal more effort into global environmental

agreements.

'In the summer of 1997 prime minister Tony Blair and I attended the

Rio + 5 United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting took

stock of progress on meeting the Rio commitments since 1992 and

concluded that a step change was needed to deliver on those

commitments.

'The success of that approach has been seen most clearly in the Kyoto

Protocol to the Climate Change Convention. Kyoto will come into force

when Russia ratifies it later this year or early next. At that point

developed countries will recognise that they have a legally binding

responsibility to put right some of the damage they have done.'

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