WHEREAS, a sound natural environment is the foundation of a healthy society and a robust economy; and
WHEREAS, human activities around the globe are causing environmental damage that impact human health and our planet’s ability to sustain a diverse community of life; and
WHEREAS, the knowledge of ways to live in harmony with our environment and methods and technologies to accomplish this end already exist; and
WHEREAS, local communities can do much to reverse environmental degradation and contribute to building a healthy society by addressing issues such as energy use, transportation, waste prevention, and sprawl; and
WHEREAS, Earth Day is celebrated nationally on April 22, 2015, and surrounding that day jurisdictions, citizens, and organizations take part in a number of festivals and activities to promote environmental stewardship and conservation; and
WHEREAS, citizens, businesses, and Arlington County Government are dedicated to programs and services that benefit the local environment and conserve natural resources; and
WHEREAS, Arlington County Government, in conjunction with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, George Mason University, Arlington Public Schools and local businesses will present the Go Gaga for Green Event at Mason’s Founders Hall on the George Mason University Arlington Campus on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary Hughes Hynes, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2015, as EARTH DAY in Arlington County and urge all County employees, University students, residents, and organizations to participate in County sponsored events and to organize their own activities in celebration of Earth Day, and encourage the observance of Earth Day every day of the year.