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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 26, 2019 11:57 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Earth Day Resolution
In the near future I plan on introducing a resolution recognizing the celebration of Earth Day 2019 this April 22nd.

This year marks the 49th anniversary of the first celebration of Earth Day, which was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin in 1970 to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems.

This year’s Earth Day theme is “Protect Our Species.” Studies have shown that species are being eliminated at an alarming rate. The rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations is directly linked to causes driven by human activity. Many species will disappear before we learn about them or the benefits they bring to our eco-systems and our planet. However, many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover and the rate of extinctions can be slowed.

This year’s Earth Day celebration is accompanied by goals for protection including educating and raising awareness about the rate of extinction of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon; achieving policies that protect species and their habitats; building and activating a global movement that embraces nature and its values; and encouraging individual actions such as adopting a plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

Please join me in celebrating the 49th anniversary of Earth Day in the Commonwealth.

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