This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's member societies
The following presidential message was released yesterday by the White House, saluting the earth sciences and encouraging "all Americans, especially our young people, to participate in the different Earth Science Week activities occurring in schools and communities across the country." This presidential message joins proclamations from 33 State Governors on behalf of Earth Science Week.
October 9, 1998
Warm greetings to all those observing Earth Science Week, sponsored by the American Geological Institute.
From meteorology to geology to oceanography, the earth sciences unlock the mysteries of our planet. Earth science research has given us the knowledge to find, develop, and conserve the Earth's precious natural resources while safeguarding our environment. It has also provided us with a fuller understanding of global climate patterns and helped communities better prepare for and mitigate the devastating impact of such natural hazards as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes.
Earth scientists are the stewards and caretakers of our environment, and this week offers a special chance to learn about the miracles and mysteries they study each day. All of us are indebted to these dedicated men and women whose contributions to research, innovative technologies, and new knowledge have improved the quality of our lives and the well-being of our nation.
I encourage all Americans, especially our young people, to participate in the different Earth Science Week activities occurring in schools and communities across the country. By understanding more about our planetary system and the natural processes that shape our world, we preserve the Earth's splendor for generations to come.
Best wishes for a successful observance.
Contributed by David Applegate, AGI Government Affairs
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI Government Affairs Program at email@example.com.
Posted October 10, 1998
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