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Lamy urges support for environmental chapter of Doha Round

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Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address to the UNEP Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi on 5 February 2007, warned that a failure of the Doha negotiations "would strengthen the hand of all those who argue that economic growth should proceed unchecked" without regard for the environment. He stressed that "trade, and indeed the WTO, must be made to deliver sustainable development".

“Gaia” — which means “mother earth” in greek — is traversing a difficult phase: a zone of turbulence. It was as early as 1979 when James Lovelock published his famous work — Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth — that we were warned that living matter is not passive, and that the Earth responds to provocation.

We learned that the Earth's air, oceans and land surfaces react in the face of threats to their very existence. They fight to defend themselves. Today, as we face environmental challenges of an unprecedented magnitude, like we do with climate change, there is little doubt that Gaia will indeed react, and that humankind may suffer the consequences.

James Lovelock, for those of you who do not know him, was not only the originator of the Gaia theory, but was also the inventor of the electron detector. The device that made possible the detection of CFCs.

On 4 July 1994, when the United States awarded the Czech President, Vaclav Havel the Liberty Medal, Havel's words were:

According to the Gaia Hypothesis, we are parts of a greater whole (hesaid). Our destiny is not dependent merely on what we do for ourselves but also what we do for Gaia as a whole. If we endanger her, she will dispense with us in the interests of a higher value — life itself


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