Senate ResolutionNo. 22

Introduced by Senators Allen, Beall, Block, De León, Galgiani, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Leyva, Liu, McGuire, Monning, Pavley, Wieckowski, and Wolk

April 13, 2015

Senate Resolution No. 22—Relative to California Earth Day.

P1    1WHEREAS, Forty-five years ago, on the first Earth Day,
2millions of Americans of all ages, walks of life, and political
3affiliations joined together and took to the streets, parks, and
4auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment
5in massive coast-to-coast rallies; and

6WHEREAS, Public awareness of environmental issues, fostered
7by the first Earth Day, has led to the enactment of key federal laws,
8including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National
9Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and to the creation of the federal
10Environmental Protection Agency, which was established to
11implement, administer, and enforce laws protecting the
12environment; and

13WHEREAS, The spirit of the first Earth Day has continued to
14increase public environmental awareness, inspiring many
15Californians to make individual decisions that reduce adverse
16environmental impacts; and

17WHEREAS, The California environment, including its rocky
18coasts, sandy beaches, redwood forests, deserts, and towering
19mountains, is among the most beautiful in the nation; and

20WHEREAS, California is recognized as a global leader in
21environmental protection and economic innovation; and

22WHEREAS, The Legislature recognizes and has helped
23safeguard the state’s unique scenic beauty, natural resources, and
24the quality of its water, air, and land through the enactment of laws
P2    1including the California Environmental Quality Act, the California
2Coastal Act of 1976, the Hazardous Waste Control Law, the
3California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, the
4California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Sustainable
5Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, the Statewide
6Park Development and Community Revitalization Act of 2008,
7and the California’s Safer Consumer Products Law; and

8WHEREAS, The voters have ratified the intent of the Legislature
9to protect the environment by approving the Safe Drinking Water,
10Clean Water, Watershed Protection, and Flood Protection Bond
11Act of 2000, the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean
12Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000, the California Clean
13Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection
14Act of 2002, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal
15and Beach Protection Act of 2002, the Safe Drinking Water, Water
16Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection
17Bond Act of 2006, and the California Clean Energy Jobs Act; and

18WHEREAS, California residents have stated that the health
19impacts of poor air quality is their highest environmental health
20priority; and

21WHEREAS, California has made tremendous efforts in
22improving the air quality in the Los Angeles Basin, effectively
23reducing asthma and respiratory illnesses in children and the
24elderly; and

25WHEREAS, The Legislature has recognized the need to protect
26California’s drinking water through the passage of the California
27Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, leading
28to the establishment of a public health goal for methyl tertiary-butyl
29ether (MTBE) in 1999 and for perchlorate in 2004; and

30WHEREAS, The work done by the Office of Planning and
31Research, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the
32Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, and the Interagency
33Working Group on Environmental Justice, acting on legislative
34mandate, through the Environmental Justice Program, has effected
35public health and environmental protection programs, policies,
36and activities in a manner that is designed to promote equality and
37afford fair treatment, full access, and full protection to all
38Californians, including low income and minority populations; and

39WHEREAS, Clean energy jobs are growing across the state,
40and the protection of California’s natural resources helps stimulate
P3    1our economy, especially for industries relating to tourism, fishing,
2and new technologies, and enhances our quality of life; and

3WHEREAS, Activities to celebrate, on April 22, 2015, the 45th
4anniversary of the first Earth Day, will focus public attention on
5and encourage personal and community participation in
6environmental protection through recycling, conserving energy
7and water, encouraging use of renewable resources, using efficient
8transportation such as alternative fueled vehicles, adopting
9sustainable building practices, and other environmentally
10responsible personal actions; and

11WHEREAS, Earth Day 2015 will provide an impetus for
12additional protection of the environment and our health, and the
13continued local, state, national, and international efforts that will
14be required at an unprecedented level during the next decade in
15order to remedy the environmental problems that we face; now,
16therefore, be it

17Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That April 22,
182015, is hereby declared to be “California Earth Day”; and be it

20Resolved, That the Senate reaffirms its commitment to the
21fundamental principles that underlie the state’s environmental
22laws, including the protection of human health from environmental
23hazards through the prevention of environmental risks and the
24maintenance of health-based standards; the continuance of
25programs to safeguard air and water quality; the recycling and
26reuse of materials, whenever feasible, to reduce the economic and
27environmental costs of disposal, and to recapture the value of these
28materials for the state’s economy; the effective cleanup of pollution
29of the state’s land, air, and water resources; the preservation of
30natural ecosystems; and maintenance of the fundamental right of
31the public to know about environmental hazards and to fully
32participate in public decisions regarding the environment; and be
33it further

34Resolved, That the Senate recognizes the importance of the
35environment and encourages residents to include in their daily
36lives those activities that promote the goals of Earth Day 2015.