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WHEREAS, Article XI, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia says, “…it shall be the Commonwealth’s policy to protect its atmosphere, land, and waters from pollution, impairment, or destruction, for the benefit, enjoyment, and general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth;” and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia will endeavor to protect our water and lands for all Virginians and visitors; and
WHEREAS, all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a right to live in a healthy, sustainable environment; and
WHEREAS, all Virginians can enjoy and benefit from the great quality of our natural environment; and
WHEREAS, a sustainable environment can be achieved on the individual level through educational efforts, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns; and
WHEREAS, we must all uphold our responsibilities in the global effort to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts by working to build resilient communities and infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth, and
WHEREAS, as Governor, I am committed to investing in clean energy efficiency and resources, such as solar and wind, to create the jobs of tomorrow, reduce our carbon footprint, and transform Virginia’s electric grid to 100 percent carbon-free by 2050, and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is positioned to be a clean energy leader, while ensuring environmental policies are equitable and community engagement are a top priority, and
WHEREAS, the protection of our environment and unique natural resources in Virginia is critical for the future of our planet and especially our children, and
WHEREAS, the First National Earth Day Celebration occurred fifty years ago on April 22, 1970; and
WHEREAS, Earth Day is an opportunity to increase environmental awareness, and broaden support for environmentally sound policies;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 22, 2020, as the 50th ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.