April Proclamation on Earth Month

A Proclamation for April

A PROCLAMATION BY COMPASSIONATE POMONA, A CONSORTIUM OF CARING INDIVIDUALS AND AGENCIES IN THE CITY OF POMONA, PROCLAIMING APRIL 2021 AS “EARTH’’ MONTH  IN THE CITY OF POMONA

WHEREAS, as a Compassionate Pomona—in concurrence with the Charter for Compassion which the City of Pomona proclaimed on April 2nd, 2018—we continue to focus on thoughts and actions that promote compassion and inner and outer peace; and 

WHEREAS, in alignment with the goal of compassion, Compassionate Pomona has identified support of the health of our planet “Earth” as actions and values which support the Charter for Compassion; and 

WHEREAS, Earth replenishes itself during the month of April, spring is in full swing, and our appreciation for the natural world and our place in it reawakens; we reconnect to the earthly web of life; and    

WHEREAS, during our struggle with Covid and while we so relied on the services and kindnesses of our human brothers and sisters, Earth has steadfastly sustained us, even as we have abused her and denied our part in pollution, climate change, and loss of habitat and natural resources; and  

WHEREAS, even as we breath, Earth breathes; even as we are nourished, the Earth feeds every creature; and even as we make our homes and build our cities, Earth provides habitat for the least and all of its creatures; and

WHEREAS, while under stress, we may deny the miraculous ways in which we are interconnected to every part of her, while we focus on our human needs to the exclusion of how our needs effect her; and

WHEREAS, over fifty years ago, April 22, 1970, 20 million people celebrated ”Earth Day” raising our environmental awareness, building a worldwide agenda to effect positive change through natural restoration, to generate Climate literacy, to create an expectation of land use accountability, renewable energies, reforestation, regenerative agriculture, and environmental justice; and

WHEREAS, Earth Day, April 22, 2021, will engage 1 billion of Earth’s citizens in performing acts of kindness toward our planet and institutionalizing the human-Earth relationship; and

WHEREAS, the daily Compassionate City agenda calls for kindness and gratitude to be extended to our human brothers and sisters, during the month of April, let us also commit ourselves to show compassion for Mother Earth; and  

WHEREAS, school youth projects, business programming, and governmental and non-profit services can encourage acts of education, engagement, and earthly conscience through cleanup projects, tree planting, and community gardening; and   

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Pomona encourages all Pomonans to embrace “Earth Month” through intention and action and to use “#valuesPomona” to share this movement on social media, thus integrating support of our environment into the daily life of our community. 

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF POMONA does hereby proclaim the month of April 2021 as:

EARTH MONTH

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