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Governor Whitmer Issues Proclamation Kicking Off Earth Week in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2022

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov

 

Governor Whitmer Issues Proclamation Kicking Off Earth Week in Michigan

 

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer today proclaimed April 18-24 as Earth Week in Michigan, celebrating the administration's record investments in water infrastructure, and our state and local parks, which will create jobs, boost our economy, and ensure that all families can safely enjoy Michigan’s natural features.

 

“On Earth Day, we recommit ourselves to protecting the planet we all love and call home,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am proud of the investments we have made to protect our Great Lakes, improve our parks, and preserve public land. Protecting our planet is on all of us, and we will continue working together to tackle climate change, invest in clean energy, and safeguard Pure Michigan for generations to come.”

 

Governor Whitmer is committed to defending our Great Lakes, mitigating the impacts of climate change on our communities, and creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in industries of the future. She understands the health of our economy is inextricably linked to the health of our people and our planet.

 

Since taking office, Governor Whitmer has invested more resources into water infrastructure than the previous eight years combined. These investments support good-paying jobs and ensure every parent can give their kid a glass of drinking water and know it’s safe. She launched the MI Healthy Climate Plan to move all sectors of our economy to carbon neutral by 2050 and ensure marginalized communities impacted by climate change will benefit from our energy transition. The governor has made critical investments in our parks, trails, and public lands to create jobs, boost surrounding economies, and ensure that all families can enjoy “Pure Michigan.

 

Read more about Governor Whitmer’s accomplishments to protect Michigan’s natural resources:

 

Protecting Our Air, Land, and Water

 

View the full proclamation below:

 

ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN,

I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim

 

April 18-24, 2022

as

EARTH WEEK

 

WHEREAS, together, we can overcome environmental challenges and leave our future generations with cleaner air and water and a healthier environment; and,

 

WHEREAS, since April 22, 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually across the globe to confront our most pressing environmental issues and to unite around a shared mission of protecting the environment we live in and providing our future generations with a safe and sustainable future; and,

 

WHEREAS, Earth Day is a valuable opportunity to renew our commitment to preserving and protecting our Earth through community service, responsible stewardship, and daily practices; and,

 

WHEREAS, although we have made some progress over the years, the global community still faces challenges including climate change, environmental destruction, deforestation, and air and water pollution; and,

 

WHEREAS, each and every one of us can contribute to protecting and preserving the planet we share through individual acts such as making our next meal plant-based, using reusable bags, and reducing plastic waste; and,

 

WHEREAS, at a community level, we can adapt education systems to enhance climate and environmental literacy, advocate for climate action at our schools and workplaces, and volunteer at local environmental organizations; and,

 

WHEREAS, in 2020, my administration announced the MI Healthy Climate Plan, which aims to protect Michiganders’ public health and the environment and help develop new clean energy jobs by putting Michigan on a path towards becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2050; and,

 

WHEREAS, during this week, and especially on Earth Day we should appreciate the planet we live on, recognize the many environmental issues we are facing, and recommit ourselves to doing our part to “Invest In Our Planet,” as this year’s Earth Day theme calls for;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 18-24, 2022 as Earth Week and April 22, 2022 as Earth Day in Michigan.

 

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