Press Release: Pew Center Brings its Message to an International Audience in Five Languages

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2000

The Pew Center brings its message to a broad international audience in five languages.

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has translated key sections of its website from English into Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. The translations are part of the Center's on-going effort to reach a broad, international audience.

Combining the wide reach of the Internet with five of the most commonly spoken languages, the Center aims to better communicate to the general public the risks, challenges, and potential solutions to global climate change. "In our continuing endeavor to provide a global voice to what certainly is a global problem," says Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center, "we have translated key components of our web site so that as many as possible may be part of the dialogue." As part of its near term outreach efforts, the Center will continue placing new information on the web in several languages.

The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation's largest philanthropies and an influential voice in efforts to improve the quality of America's environment. The Pew Center supports businesses in developing marketplace solutions to reduce greenhouse gases, produces analytical reports on the science, economics and policies related to climate change, launches public education efforts, and promotes better understanding of market mechanisms globally.

The Pew Center includes the Business Environmental Leadership Council, which is composed of 21 major, largely Fortune 500 corporations all working with the Pew Center to address issues related to climate change. The companies do not contribute financially to the Pew Center - it is solely supported by contributions from charitable foundations.