ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
Alaska lawmakers recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
‘We live amongst some of the most remarkable grandeur nature offers and have a role in responsible conservation’
JUNEAU – Alaskans and others around the country and the world will observe the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, to celebrate the planet that is humanity’s home and to reaffirm our responsibility as caretakers of the world.
The first Earth Day was held as a response to concerns about the health and safety of plants, animals, humans, and ecosystems as a whole. Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic encompasses the globe we are reminded that even in remote places such as Alaska we are all still connected to the rest of humanity.
“Together we can work to create a future that is founded on principals of justice, equity, one health, safety and collaboration. These are all concepts that are foundational to what Earth Day stands for,” Rep. Grier Hopkins (D-Fairbanks) said. Representative Hopkins is a joint sponsor of the Alaska Legislature’s citation honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
“Earth Day was established by people who saw the environmental crises of the 1960s and wanted to be a force for change,” added Sen. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), the other sponsor of the citation. “The response of Alaskans and people across the planet to the challenges we are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that we can still take actions to take care of planet and our fellow man.”
As noted in the citation, “As Alaskans we live amongst some of the most remarkable grandeur nature offers and have a role in responsible conservation and understanding the impact our actions have for posterity.”