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close this bookWIT's World Ecology Report - Vol. 10, No. 2 - Critical Issues in Health and the Environment (WIT, 1998, 16 p.)
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Point of View

Transferring Environmental Health Information Into Knowledge and Action

World Information Transfer, (WIT) an international non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing accurate information about the impact of worldwide environmental degradation to human health and promoting programs for bringing about change. WIT endeavors to influence opinion leaders and concerned citizens around the world to support strategies which protect human health by safeguarding the natural environment.

To accomplish this goal, WIT has created two major vehicles for the transfer of factual, scientific information synthesized into knowledge which can then be utilized for reasoned action: (1) The quarterly World Ecology Report, published in five languages and distributed to opinion leaders around the world, for free in developing countries; also available on WIT's web site at (2) WIT's annual international conference titled Health and the Environment: Global Partners For Global Solutions held at United Nations headquarters in New York since 1992. Leading authorities in the fields of environmental medicine and science share their latest findings and. discuss possible solutions with leaders in governments, education, nonprofit organizations and the media. The conference results are published in the World Ecology Report.

WIT firmly understands that accurate science-based knowledge leads to reasoned action. This has served as the organization's guiding principle when it was formed by a "small group of thoughtful, committed citizens" (to quote the American anthropologist Margaret Mead) in the aftermath of the nuclear catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. To enhance the dissemination of health and environment information in the developing world, WIT launched its Access A Friend project in the Spring 1998. WIT is particularly interested in reaching university students.

"As the century closes, the rate of change outstrips the ability of scientific discovery. This frustrates the attempts of political and economic institutions, which evolved in a different world, to adapt and cope."

- Director, World Health Organization and former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland

This project's objective is to increase information in developing countries about the health effects of environmental contamination. This effort rests on the generosity of individuals who recognize the need for greater communication of accurate facts in the area of environmental health and who then subscribe to the World Ecology Report in the name of a colleague or friend living in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the new nations of the former USSR. Like all members of World Information Transfer, the Access A Friend members receive 4-5 issues of the World Ecology Report per year plus available back issues on request; invitations to WIT's annual international conference Health & Environment Conference: Global Partners for Global Solutions held at the UN in New York.

Access a Friend also extends opportunities to its new subscribers to contribute valid and relevant information to the World Ecology Report. Many of our readers send the editorial staff information regarding a local health and environment issue.

As the world adjusts to a global market economy where decisions at all levels increasingly rely on economic and business strategies, our challenges for the next decade intensify. It is not only governments who need to augment their understanding of the ramifications to human health of their policies, but most urgently business and industry. WIT recognizes that economic development, the wealth of corporations as well as nations, depend primarily on one fundamental ingredient: that is, healthy people who can become productive citizens determining the course for future generations.

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead