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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 14, 2017 02:37 PM
From: Representative Stephen McCarter and Rep. Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution - Earth Week
In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution that would designate April 22 to April 29, 2017, as Earth Week in Pennsylvania.

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, in response to a growing movement among many of the nation’s young adults over their concerns about the continued deterioration of natural environments. The annual observation of Earth Day continues to bring environmental organizations, communities and groups of individuals from many different demographics together to urge support for environmental initiatives and programs. Earth Day is now considered to be the largest secular observance in the world and is celebrated by more than a billion people worldwide.

While Earth Day remains an important day to focus on the need to protect the environment, many college campuses and environmental groups now dedicate an entire week to Earth Day activities and, thus, unofficially celebrate Earth Week. We believe we should follow the lead of these institutions and organizations by increasing conservation-related educational opportunities and extending recognition of the importance of protecting our planet to one week.

Please join us in supporting the observance of Earth Week in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR172