CONCORD – Highlighting the importance of protecting New Hampshire’s natural resources, Governor Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council proclaimed today as Earth Day in New Hampshire.
“On Earth Day, we recognize that we must always preserve what has made New Hampshire such a special place to live, work and raise a family – our beautiful natural resources. Our unmatched natural beauty attracts visitors from around the globe and has always been critical to our economy, our culture and our high quality of life. We must always be vigilant in our conservation efforts, and today, I encourage all Granite Staters to recommit themselves to protecting our natural resources for future generations.”
The full text of the Governor and Council’s proclamation is below and attached.
State of New Hampshire
By Her Excellency
Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor
APRIL 22, 2015
WHEREAS, This year marks the 45th Anniversary ofEarth Day; and
WHEREAS, The protection of our forests, air and water quality, fisheries, and other natural resources are important to the health and quality of life of our citizens and to the economy of New Hampshire; and
WHEREAS, By the late 21st century, climate change could cut New Hampshire’s winter snow season in half, cause sea levels to rise, and increase summer temperatures; and
WHEREAS, Greenhouse gas emissions and other man-made pollutants are the key contributors to climate change and negatively affect our air and water quality; and
WHEREAS, New Hampshire state government has taken steps to lead by example by reducing energy use of state operations; and
WHEREAS, In addition to our commitment to control harmful emissions that negatively affect our air, our water, and our earth, important programs like the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program provide vital funds to support land conservation efforts and help support our goals to protect wildlife habitat, water quality, and other natural resources; and
WHEREAS, Every resident and business has the opportunity to reduce their environmental impact and protect our environment by taking small steps like conserving energy, using reusable water bottles, walking, biking or carpooling when possible, recycling at home and in the work place, and buying local products;
NOW, THEREFORE, I MARGARET WOOD HASSAN, GOVERNOR of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby proclaim APRIL 22, 2015, as EARTH DAY in the State of New Hampshire and urge all citizens and businesses to take actions to address climate change and improve our air and water quality, as well as protect our wildlife and environment in order to maintain the high quality of life in our state.