Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Governor's Office
October 8-14, 2000

WHEREAS, Geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the health, welfare and safety of Pennsylvanians, and to the economy of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are integral for discovering, developing and conserving the valuable energy, mineral and water resources needed for Pennsylvania's continued prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basic information for preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, sinkholes and other subsidence, floods and droughts periodically experienced in Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the basic information and understanding that are crucial to environmental and ecological issues relating to the beneficial use of Pennsylvania's land resources; and

WHEREAS, understanding geological aspects of natural resources, hazards and the environment is vital for beneficial land management and land use decisions made in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences contributes critical elements for our understanding and appreciation of, and respect for nature.

THEREFORE, I, Tom Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim October 8-14, 2000, as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK in Pennsylvania and I urge Pennsylvania's earth scientists to join with their colleagues to provide their assistance to communities and schools in understanding the importance of earth sciences.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this twentieth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the Commonwealth, the two hundred and twenty-fifth.

Tom Ridge