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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Earth Science Week

WHEREAS, earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health, environmental security and economy of the Commonwealth; and,

WHEREAS, earth sciences are important to the conservation and development of energy, mineral, agricultural and aquatic resources needed for Virginia’s future growth; and,

WHEREAS, earth sciences help reduce losses from natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and shoreline erosion; and,

WHEREAS, earth sciences help us better understand and manage human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes; and,

WHEREAS, the American Geosciences Institute has organized Earth Science Week since 1998 to help the public gain a better understanding of the earth sciences; and,

WHEREAS, the 2022 theme of Earth Science Week is “Earth Science for a Sustainable World”, a theme that emphasizes the essential role of earth science in helping people make decisions that maintain and strengthen the planet's ability to support thriving life; and,

WHEREAS, Earth Science Week is an opportunity to celebrate the earth sciences and to encourage environmental stewardship;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 9-15, 2022 as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.