San Francisco, California

International Earth Day 2005 Proclamation,
San Francisco

WHEREAS, the first Earth Day was celebrated on the first day of spring on March 21, 1970; and

WHEREAS, plans for the first Earth Day were announced in San Francisco at the November 1969 UNESCO Conference on the Environment; and

WHEREAS, the first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on March 21, 1970; and

WHEREAS, the Equinox is recognized as a unique moment of global equilibrium and first day of spring is historically celebrated by people of every creed and culture as a symbol of renewal; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations Peace Bell is sounded every year on the equinox as part of a global appeal for universal peace and understanding, environmental protection, and human community; and

WHEREAS, let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure; and

WHEREAS, the City of San Francisco acknowledges the local arrival of spring at 4:33 am, Palm Sunday, March 20, 2005, the spring Equinox, and invites the people of San Francisco to listen and join in the worldwide ringing of peace bells in honor of the Earth at that moment; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, in our tradition to honor peace, justice, and care of our Earth on the day following the spring Equinox, join with all San Franciscans in remembrance of Earth's wonder, beauty, and tender life, and do hereby proclaim March 20, 2005 as

International Earth Day
In San Francisco!