By Andrew C. Revkin
Needless to say, there’s pressure on President Obama to address a host of issues in his weekend summit in the California desert with President Xi Jinping of China. Think computer security, trade disputes, North Korea’s destabilizing behavior.
But there’s another one to add, says Dot Earth reader Margaret McCarthy: the destructive illegal trade in ivory.
McCarthy, the chief financial officer of WideOrbit Inc., made this point by e-mail and I invited her to make it a “Your Dot” contribution.
Here’s McCarthy’s pitch to the White House (I’ved added some links for context):
“…here we are in the midst of one of the most tragic and outrageous assaults on our shared inheritance that I’ve seen in my lifetime—where an elephant’s dead ivory is prized over its living condition, where corruption feeds on its body and soul, and where money only makes matters worse.” — then Senator John Kerry, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 24, 2012.
I read with great interest the reports of the first extended meetings between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping occurring at the end of this first week of June. The two presidents will spend several days together, along with Xi’s charismatic wife, Peng Liyuan. I see an incredible opportunity for this group to address ivory consumption and elephant slaughter during their formal and informal time together. More....