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  Citizens Want Teeth In Environmental Laws

arge majorities of people in the world's most populous countries want sharper teeth put into laws to protect the environment, according to the largest-ever international survey of public opinion on the environment.

Majorities in 28 of 30 countries surveyed, ranging from 91% in Greece to 54% in India, say environmental laws as currently applied in their country "don't go far enough." Two thirds or more of people in countries such as China, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Chile, QUOTE ...these findings will serve as a wake-up call to the government to get going or get bitten... ENDQOUTE Argentina, and South Korea, are dissatisfied with environmental laws, while six of every 10 people feel that way in Russia, Brazil, Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere, according to the 1998 International Environmental Monitor survey, coordinated by Environics International Ltd. of Toronto, Canada.

"In the face of rising environmental concerns and dissatisfaction with pollution laws, it will be increasingly difficult for government and industry leaders to continue to emphasize voluntary corporate environmental targets," said Doug Miller, President of Environics International Ltd. "Most citizens want to see legal teeth around the words."

More than 35,000 in person or telephone interviews (at least 1,000 per country) were conducted in March and April, 1998, in India, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Kazakstan, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Together, the countries surveyed contain two-thirds of the world's population. Each national survey is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3 percent.

"Overall, these findings will serve as a wake-up call to national governments and private corporations to get moving on environmental issues or get bitten by their citizens and consumers who will not stand for inaction on what they see as key survival issues."

For more information, contact Doug Miller, President, Environics International Ltd., Toronto, Canada, E-mail: doug_miller@environics.ca or visit http://www.environics.net/eil
 


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