Monday, April 7, 2008
TEPU calls on Taiwan's president-elect to focus on environmental issues
The Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU), one of Taiwan's leading environmental NGOs, has called on president-elect, Ma Ying-jeou, to focus on environmental issues. The outgoing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had many of its roots in the environmental movement. However, once in power, the DPP seemed to abandon its eco origins and left a very disappointing environmental track record. Previously under the Chinese National Party (KMT) the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) was nothing more than a rubber stamp department and had an a abysmal track record for protecting the environment. With the return of the KMT on an economic ticket environmentalists are very concerned that the KMT will pick up where they left off and environmental destruction in the name of development will once again become the order of the day.