ENVIRONMENTALISTS DID NOT JEER POWELL
OVER ZIMBABWE COMMENTS
6 September 2002, London-- US Secretary of
State Colin Powell was jeered and heckled
during his speech at the Earth summit as he
sought to put a positive spin on the Bush
administration’s environmental policies.
However, some reports suggest that
environmentalists started booing when the
Secretary of State referred to Zimbabwe. This
was not true. Friends of the Earth was one of
the organisations present during Mr Powell’s
speech. The jeering which coincided with
references to Zimbabwe was due to the removal
of a banner by security guards.
The issues that provoked a reaction from
people in the conference centre were Mr
Powell’s references to the United States’
role on climate change, renewable energy, GM
food and trade. His claim that the US was
leading the world on sustainable development
also provoked howls of disbelief.
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