Knock on Wood Trade
Vice Pres. Al Gore said on Friday that environmental and labor issues should be on the table at the World Trade Organization meeting of trade ministers to be held in Seattle, Wash., from November 30 to December 3. No matter what, enviros plan to make their voices heard during the meeting. Forest-protection activists have launched an international campaign against a plan to curb restrictions on trade in wood and wood products, which will be discussed at the trade meeting. Enviros say the changes would increase worldwide consumption of wood products, open native forests to logging, weaken environmental protection, and lead to more problems with invasive species.