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Colorado Springs Proclaims April as Earth Month

The City of Colorado Springs has proclaimed April 2012 as Earth Month and April 22, 2012 as Earth Day.  

WHEREAS,    Earth Day was first observed in the United States in the spring of 1970; and

WHEREAS,    Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment, and to educate and motivate each and every individual to make a difference, however small; and  

WHEREAS,    since then, Earth Day has evolved into a month-long series of events in April to increase knowledge regarding important conservation issues, and to instill a sense of responsible stewardship for safeguarding the natural resources of this planet; and

WHEREAS,    participating in Earth Month, and recognizing Earth Day, is one way we all can help raise awareness and encourage our community, and people of all nationalities and backgrounds, to voice their appreciation for the planet, to promote its protection, and to conserve our resources to make Colorado Springs a better place to live; and

WHEREAS,    realizing that global impacts will take time, there are still many ways in which simple changes to our lifestyle can have exponential positive repercussions, such as watering landscaping early in the morning or late in the evening, turning off computers at night, bicycling instead of driving when possible, using public transportation, and adopting a waste reduction and recycling philosophy; and

WHEREAS,    April 22, 2012 is internationally observed as Earth Day by more than one billion people in over 192 countries, according to the Earth Day Network, making it the largest civic observance in the world; and

WHEREAS,    the most important environmental work happens at the local level, and participating in Earth Month is one way to encourage our community to be aware of the importance of natural resources in making Colorado Springs a more desirable place to live; and

WHEREAS,    the City of Colorado Springs desires to improve our quality of life by informing, encouraging, and empowering our residents to adopt positive behaviorsthat will enable us to pass on a healthy earth to future generations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scott Hente, President of the Colorado Springs City Council, do hereby proclaim April, 2012 as


and Sunday, April 22, 2012 as the 42nd annual EARTH DAY in the City of Colorado Springs and that the City Council encourages all Colorado Spring citizens to realize that their individual acts of environmental responsibility become a powerful collective force in the community.