Whereas the earth sciences are fundamental to society; and
Whereas the earth sciences are integral to finding, developing, and conserving mineral, energy, and water resources needed for society; and
Whereas the earth sciences promote public safety by preparing for and mitigating natural hazards such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, and coastal erosion; and
Whereas the earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from climate change and water and air quality to waste disposal; and
Whereas geological factors of resources, hazards, and environment are vital to land management and land use decisions at local, state, regional, national, and international levels; and
Whereas the earth sciences contribute critical information that enhances our understanding of Nature,
Therefore, be it resolved that the second full week of October henceforth be designated as Earth Science Week.
AOES adjunct professor and NSF Program Manager Dave Verardo was instrumental in creating Earth Science Week.