A Global Challenge For The New Century

The President tells why the U.S. must help lead all nations to a greener future

From the time I was a boy, I had dreamed of seeing elephants, giraffes and lions in the wild. But as I gazed across the lush African plain, what amazed me even more were all the creatures I'd never known existed--the lechwe, the kudu, the lilac-breasted roller. I watched them in wonder.

That morning two years ago in Botswana's stunning Chobe reserve, I wished every child in the world could share these magnificent sights. And I worried that in a few generations' time, they could be lost even to the children of Africa.

As we enter the 21st century, a new...

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