New York


Executive Chamber

WHEREAS, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the umbrella group for thirty-five member professional earth science societies, is sponsoring its annual Earth Science Week observance; the goals of this educational initiative are to provide students with innovative ways to explore the earth sciences, emphasize the various contributions the earth sciences make to society, and encourage stewardship of the earth; and 

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

WHEREAS, the preservation and future development of the Empire State relies greatly on the exploration of the earth sciences; it ensures a means to protect and preserve our precious environment for future generations of New Yorkers; and is crucial to many ecological issues ranging from air and water quality to the protection of the habitats of our endangered species; and

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE E. PATAKI, Governor of the State of New York, do hereby recognize October 8-14, 2000 as


in the Empire State.

George E. Pataki