May 23, 2008—As part of the US Botanic Garden’s “One Planet—Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd Century” summer exhibition, IUCN’s Species Program and USA Multilateral Office unveiled an exhibit at a media briefing and preview tour. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ exhibit showcases display panels explaining the IUCN Red List and the nutritional and medicinal uses of plants. The exhibit also features live specimens of threatened or endangered plants in the Botanic Garden collection which are tagged with the IUCN Red List.
Speaking at the media briefing, Carol Kramer-LeBlanc, Director for the USDA Council on Sustainable Development, commented on how the exhibition is in the perfect location—next to the US Capitol Building—to influence policy makers and visitors to the nation’s capital. Benjamin H. Grumbles, Assistant Administrator for Water of the EPA quoted Roosevelt by stating “there is nothing more practical than the preservation of beauty,” which was a fitting theme for the exhibition.
The “One Planet-Ours!” exhibition involves government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and individuals who are leading efforts toward sustainable lifestyles. Other participants include the UNEP, US Department of Energy, US EPA, National Wildlife Federation, and more. The exhibition also includes “Cool Globes,” an exhibit of more than 40 sculptures of whole-earth solutions to the problems of living unsustainably. The “One Planet—Ours!” exhibition will remain open until October 13, 2008. The US Botanic Gardens are free to the public every day from 10am until 5pm.