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H.Res. 346: Expressing support for honoring Earth Day, and for other purposes.


The text of the resolution below is as of Apr 22, 2021 (Introduced).


IV

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 346

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 22, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Takano, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Auchincloss, Mrs. Axne, Ms. Barragán, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Brown, Ms. Brownley, Mr. Carbajal, Mr. Carson, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Case, Mr. Casten, Mr. Castro of Texas, Ms. Chu, Ms. Clarke of New York, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Costa, Mr. Crow, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Escobar, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Foster, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Horsford, Ms. Houlahan, Mr. Huffman, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Kahele, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Keating, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Lieu, Ms. Matsui, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McNerney, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Morelle, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Neguse, Ms. Norton, Ms. Omar, Mr. Panetta, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Raskin, Miss Rice of New York, Mr. Sablan, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Mr. Sires, Ms. Stevens, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Thompson of California, Ms. Tlaib, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Trone, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Welch, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Dean, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Levin of California, and Mr. Cohen) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for honoring Earth Day, and for other purposes.

Whereas Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970;

Whereas the late Senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, called on the people of the United States to hold elected officials accountable for failing to adequately protect the health of people and the natural environment;

Whereas after witnessing years of environmental neglect, millions of Americans of all ages, walks of life, and political affiliations gathered in cities across the Nation on the first Earth Day to demand basic protections for our planet and to commit to leaving behind a healthier world for the next generation;

Whereas Earth Day united people who had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage and toxic dumps, the loss of wildlife, and other environmental ills;

Whereas that work continues today;

Whereas Earth Day is an annual event created to promote environmental citizenship and action year-round;

Whereas the first celebration of Earth Day was the largest environmental grassroots event ever held at that time and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement;

Whereas the voices of inaugural Earth Day participants galvanized an unparalleled period of legislative and grassroots activity that changed the way we interact with the environment, leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of legislation such as the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act;

Whereas, by 1990, Earth Day was celebrated globally, with 200,000,000 people in 141 countries participating in Earth Day events;

Whereas Earth Day encourages environmental activism and stewardship around the world, and reminds people to find ways to protect the environment, including managing their own environmental impact;

Whereas Earth Day serves as an opportunity to learn from and build community with indigenous communities, who have stewarded the land for generations and have great wisdom on preserving biodiversity;

Whereas on Earth Day, people engage in projects, initiatives, and campaigns to protect and restore the planet including planting trees, removing litter, cleaning up coral reefs, conserving water and energy, and other environmentally responsible actions;

Whereas in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Challenge 2020 was launched, a global citizen science initiative to demonstrate how small acts of science can add up to global change;

Whereas new and continuing challenges, including climate change, pollution, and loss of forest, wetlands, and other wildlife habitats, reinforce the need for adequate protections for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we inhabit, and the animals we live alongside;

Whereas there is scientific consensus that climate change poses a dire threat to our planet and its inhabitants, and that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to mitigate its worst effects;

Whereas Earth Day reaffirms our national responsibility in the global effort to combat climate change and protect our planet for all;

Whereas Earth Day encourages us to acknowledge the prevalence of environmental injustices that directly affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities across the country, and affirms our commitment to ameliorating existing environmental injustices, and to preventing future injustices;

Whereas Earth Day reminds us of the need to expand environmental and climate literacy not only to strengthen environmental and climate protections but also to accelerate development of green technologies and creation of green jobs that will benefit all;

Whereas the mission and purpose of Earth Day remains relevant today because pollution, environmental degradation, and the climate crisis are transgenerational justice issues;

Whereas throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, people have been increasingly engaged in outdoor recreation, demonstrating the critical role that the Earth plays in supporting the health and well-being of people, especially during challenging times; and

Whereas Earth Day reminds us we must not pass a world beyond repair to our children: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

urges the President to issue a proclamation recognizing Earth Day;

(2)

encourages the American people to mark Earth Day by working—

(A)

to address environmental challenges large and small, from climate change to litter;

(B)

to educate their friends, neighbors, and elected representatives about the need for year-round action; and

(C)

to otherwise honor the stewardship ethic for which Senator Gaylord Nelson stood;

(3)

urges governments and peoples around the world to continue building upon the Paris Agreement and other efforts to ensure that future generations inherit a livable, sustainable, and ecologically rich planet Earth; and

(4)

reaffirms that immediate action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ameliorate environmental injustices in order to protect our Earth, the public health, and the overall well-being of all people and wildlife.