WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing and conserving the mineral, energy, and water resources needed for the continuing prosperity of North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the earth sciences are critical to understanding and dealing with environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and
WHEREAS, the importance of the earth sciences to future generations of North Carolinians is reflected in the impending addition of Earth/Environmental Science as a course required for graduation from North Carolina schools; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina has many earth science programs of great benefit to the public, such as the unique partnership between government and industry that led to the establishment of the Nation's first "Talking Rocks Trail," national leadership in the Enviro-Thon program for young teenagers, and a growing and successful relationship between earth sciences and other environmental education programs for all age levels; and
WHEREAS, the efforts of state and local governments to involve earth sciences in their land use and land management decisions deserve the full support and encouragement of the people of North Carolina;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, James B. Hunt Jr., Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 19-25, 1997 as
James B. Hunt, JR.