New York


Executive Chamber

WHEREAS, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the umbrella group for thirty member earth science societies, is sponsoring its annual Earth Science Week observance, the goals of this educational initiative are to give students new opportunities to discover the earth sciences, highlight the contributions the earth sciences make to society, and encourage stewardship of the earth ; and 

WHEREAS, the study of earth sciences is fundamental to the preservation and future development of New York State; it provides a way to protect and preserve the environment for future generations of New Yorkers; and is crucial to ecological issues ranging from pure water and clean air to the protection of the habitats of endangered species; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences continually explore means to refine the manner in which we manage our natural resources and discover alternative sources of energy; an understanding of geology and the earth sciences generates cutting edge technologies, which promote agricultural advances benefiting farmers, consumers and our economy; these technologies also provide information about natural disasters and more effective means to prepare for them; and 

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide a keen awareness, greater appreciation and respect for the natural beauty of the State of New York; it is fitting for all citizens to support the goals of this observance to promote greater awareness of the importance of the earth sciences; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE E. PATAKI, Governor of the State of New York, do hereby recognize October 10-16, 1999 as


in the Empire State.

George E. Pataki