In recognition of the global problem of marine debris as well as the 5th International Marine Debris Conference, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Brian Schatz of the State of Hawai‘i have proclaimed the week of March 20-26, 2011 as “Marine Debris Awareness Week.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
WHEREAS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (‘NOAA’) is a national agency with roots dating to 1807 that is dedicated to informing citizens about the changing environment around them; and
WHEREAS, the United Nations Environment Programme (‘UNEP’) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system and encourages partnership in caring for the environment and improving peoples’ quality of life without compromising that of future generations; and
WHEREAS, NOAA has joined with UNEP to organize the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference, which will take place in Honolulu from March 20 – 25, 2011; and
WHEREAS, the increasing amount of pollution and debris in our oceans and seas has been recognized by both organizations as well as numerous scientific bodies as deleterious to our marine ecosystems and ultimately detrimental to our own well-being and quality of life; and
WHEREAS, this event is the first of its kind to take place in over a decade and is intended to raise public awareness, forge new partnerships, and inspire action to bring about a world free of the impacts of marine debris;
THEREFORE I, NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Governor, and I, BRIAN SCHATZ, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim March 20-26, 2011 as
“MARINE DEBRIS AWARENESS WEEK”
in Hawai‘i, to raise public awareness about this important issue and to encourage further research as well as individual actions to reduce waste that pollutes our oceans.
DONE at the State Capitol, in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawai‘i, this twenty-second day of February 2011.
NEIL ABERCROMBlE BRIAN SCHATZ
Governor, State of Hawai‘i Lt. Governor, State of Hawai‘i