CHAPTER 616

FORMERLY HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

NO. 21

RELATING TO APRIL 22ND AS EARTH DAY AND THE WEEK OF APRIL 19TH AS EARTH WEEK.

WHEREAS, the working relationship between man and his natural environment has deteriorated as a result of our advancing technology and expanding world population; and

WHEREAS, despite nature's many earlier warnings, the pollution and destruction of the natural environment has gone on intensively and extensively for the last three hundred years without awakening a sufficient reaction; and

WHEREAS, industrialization and urbanization have transformed the human habitat and it is only during the last half century that any systematic effort has been made to determine what constitutes a balanced and self-renewing environment, containing all the ingredients necessary for man's biological prosperity, social cooperation and spiritual stimulation; and

WHEREAS, the name of this effort, in so far as it concerns all of us, is "ecology", a body of knowledge that brings together so many aspects of nature which came late upon the scene; and

WHEREAS, we have too little knowledge and understanding of ecological problems; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to continue to arouse a conscious public opinion concerning necessary steps to protect every part of our environment; and

WHEREAS, there is an urgent need to protect our youth from pollution of mind and body.

NOW, THEREFORE;

BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the House of Representatives of the 126th General Assembly, of the State of Delaware, the Senate concurring therein, that the week of April

19th known as Earth Week, and that the day of April 22nd known as Earth Day, are hereby reendorsed as man's opportunity to explore his relationship with his environment and to further establish a conscious realization that man's life, in sickness and in health is bound up with the forces of nature, and that nature, so far from being opposed and conquered, must rather be treated as an ally and friend whose ways must be understood and whose counsel must be respected.

Approved April 27, 1971.