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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 16, 2019 01:56 PM
From: Representative Stephen McCarter
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution – “Earth Week” and “Earth Day”
Almost 50 years ago, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth, and on April 22, 1970, we celebrated our first Earth Day. Since that day, the annual celebration has spread around the globe, and is currently recognized in 192 countries. In 2020, the Earth Day Network expects more than one billion people to clean up trash, plant trees, and participate in other public events in honor of this day.

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.” I believe Pennsylvania should continue to follow the lead of these institutions and organizations in order to raise awareness of the environment and increase conservation-related educational opportunities. Therefore, I will be introducing a resolution to designate the week of April 19 through April 25, 2019, as “Earth Week” and April 22, 2020, as “Earth Day” in recognition of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.

Please join me in supporting this important resolution.

Introduced as HR663