When Earth Day began fifty one years ago, it marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement, fostering an environmental consciousness that has increased with our environmental challenges.

Earth Day brings together world climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, business leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and the leaders of tomorrow. The way that happens during the pandemic may change. The dedication and determination only increases.

Doylestown is committed to meeting the challenges and making change that responds to core goals of Earth Day. We are committed to a leadership role in providing better climate and environmental literacy. We are implementing climate restoration technologies. We are engaged in replanting and regenerative efforts. We recognize the importance of environmental equity and citizen science. We embrace basic community cleanup.

This past weekend, our own Discover Doylestown sponsored their spring community cleanup on the streets of Doylestown. Three more cleanups are scheduled this season. Gardeners at our two community gardens are engaging in spring cleanup and planting individual organic plots.

Our Environmental Advisory Council and its volunteers help address important community challenges from promoting recycling to increasing the availability of electric charging stations in town to reducing single use plastics.

Our Shade Tree Commission monitors our tree inventory and quality and identifies new tree planting locations and methods. They promote native species and each year, in honor of Arbor Day, they give away native species trees at the Doylestown Farmer's Market. This year's tree giveaway occurs May 1st.

Our volunteers, Borough Council, and Borough staff are engaged in turning a brownfield into a new, environmentally sensitive public park and repurposing a historic structure.

WHEREAS, we recognize that a healthy earth is needed to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness and,

WHEREAS, a healthy planet is a necessity and not a option and,

WHEREAS, we recognize that honoring Earth Day is a year round effort,

NOW, THEREFORE, We call upon everyone, everywhere, to redouble our efforts to sustain Doylestown as an earth-friendly community that gives us pride and a better life.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this EARTH DAY 2021, April 22, 2021,

Ron Strouse