2017 Earth Week

Spring is in the air of Salt Lake City. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and grass is becoming greener. More and more residents are getting outside to tend to their yards and enjoy the warming temperatures of April.

Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement. Celebrated
annually every April 22nd, Earth Day serves as a reminder to preserve and sustain our planet for future generations. In April 1970, millions of Americans came together to voice their environmental concerns and demand sustainable action. Those protests were the result of former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who organized partners to create a “national teach-in on the environment.”

The public support displayed over 40 years ago resulted in landmark environmental legislation, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Salt Lake City has a strong legacy of environmental stewardship, and continues to lead the nation in climate change efforts. While Earth Day is celebrated only one day a year, Mayor Jackie Biskupski has proclaimed April 17-23 as “Earth Week in Salt Lake City”.

By highlighting the sustainability efforts of the City and promoting ways residents can help, Mayor Biskupski hopes everyone will get outdoors and play a part in preserving our beautiful home.

Below is the official proclamation text:

WHEREAS, over 40 years ago, millions of Americans from all walks of life came together in demand of protections to preserve and sustain our home, planet Earth; and

WHEREAS, public support in the 1970s resulted in the annual planet-wide celebration called Earth Day, and landmark environmental legislation such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency; and

WHEREAS, Salt Lake City has a proud, rich history of stewardship of its vital watershed, vast open spaces, 126 parks, 58 municipal playgrounds, and hundreds of miles of trails; and

WHEREAS, Salt Lake City leads on sustainability and climate change efforts through various policies and programs, including Climate Positive 2040, which commits to 100 percent renewable energy for community electricity supply by 2032, and an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040; and

WHEREAS, residents of Salt Lake City have always answered the call for a healthier environment, through words and deeds, with dedication to preserving our Earth for future generations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Jacqueline M. Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City, do hereby recognize April 17-23, 2017 as:

Earth Week in Salt Lake City

And encourage all residents to do their part in preserving our home by participating in local Earth Week events and activities.

Dated April 17, 2017

 

Click here to find local Earth Week events.

Click here to learn more about Salt Lake City’s sustainability efforts and programs.

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