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, and agricultural 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 2019 theme of Earth Science Week is “Geoscience is for Everyone,” a theme that emphasizes the inclusive potential of the geosciences to engage all people in understanding energy, climate, the environment, natural disasters, agriculture, industry, recreation, and our role in stewardship of the planet;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 13-19, 2019, as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.