|Posted:||May 9, 2019 03:22 PM|
|From:||Representative Stephen McCarter|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Resolution – “Endangered Species Day” in Pennsylvania|
|In 2006, the United States Congress first designated Endangered Species Day to celebrate our nation’s diverse natural environments and wildlife and to recognize the importance of protecting and restoring all threatened and endangered species. Zoos, aquariums, parks, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups, and other organizations throughout the country hold tours, special speaker presentations, exhibits, children’s activities, and other activities and events to raise greater awareness of endangered species conservation. Each year, these activities begin on the third Friday in May and continue throughout the month.
Unfortunately, according to a recent report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), one million of the planet's eight million species are now threatened with extinction as a result of human actions. The report concluded that a shrinking habitat, the exploitation of natural resources, climate change, and pollution are the main drivers of widespread species loss. According to Sir Robert Watson, Chairman of IPBES, it is not too late to make a difference.
Please join me in designating May 17, 2019, as “Endangered Species Day” in Pennsylvania to serve as an opportunity to generate greater awareness of endangered species conservation and the importance of individual actions that can be taken to make a difference in protecting our environment and all species of wildlife.
I hope you will join me in supporting this important measure.
Introduced as HR338