WHEREAS: Geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health and welfare of Oregonians and to the economy of Oregon; and
WHEREAS: The earth sciences are integral to locating, developing and conserving mineral, energy and water resources needed for Oregon’s continuing prosperity; and
WHEREAS: The earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, coastal erosion and tsunami experienced from time to time in Oregon; and
WHEREAS: The earth sciences are crucial to understanding environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal and mined land regulation and reclamation; and
WHEREAS: Geological factors of resources, hazards and the environment are vital to land management and land use decisions made in Oregon; and
WHEREAS: The earth sciences contribute critical data to our understanding of, and respect for, Oregon’s heritage and natural systems.
NOW, THEREFORE: Our governor, John A. Kitzhaber proclaims October 9-15, 2011 to be Earth Science Week in Oregon and he encourages all Oregonians to join in this observance.
Way to go, John.
(Read the official copy of the proclamation here.)