Earth Day, 2018

April 05, 2018

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania's 2018 Earth Day theme is "Everyone Plays a Part in Keeping Pennsylvania Clean," which acknowledges the commonwealth's commitment to raising awareness and encouraging Pennsylvanians to examine their personal impact on the environment; and

WHEREAS, the first Earth Day was enacted in 1970 and engaged over 20 million Americans to advocate for a cleaner environment; and

WHEREAS, Earth Day now has become a world-wide event and has highlighted some of the most critical environmental issues on the world stage; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Fish and Boat Commission, and Game Commission have an enormous responsibility to the citizens of the commonwealth, and work year-round to ensure Pennsylvania's water, air, and land are protected; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is blessed with a wealth of bountiful woodlands and waterways, often most visibly showcased in our 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forests, and other public lands that enrich the lives of both residents and visitors alike, providing irreplaceable habitat for countless flora and fauna, sustainable natural resources, and many scenic recreational opportunities; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania's commonwealth agencies challenge every resident of the commonwealth to help in conserving and protecting the environment via green activities, such as recycling, water and energy conservation, tree planting, and active education about environmental issues; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania supports projects that demonstrate and encourage energy conservation, sustainability, and the usage of renewable energy; and

WHEREAS, special Earth Day events are offered throughout the commonwealth to encourage residents to identify what they can personally do to protect the environment and make Pennsylvania a cleaner and greener state.

THEREFORE, in special recognition of the efforts and dedication of the commonwealth's state agencies and volunteers, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2018, as EARTH DAY. I encourage all citizens to become engaged in their local communities and join efforts to help maintain and improve Pennsylvania's urban and rural environments.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this fifteenth day of March, two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.

TOM WOLF
Governor

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