Statement by President Bush On Earth Day 2007

Apr 20, 2007, 01:00 ET from White House Press Office

    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush on Earth Day 2007:
     As we observe the 38th Earth Day this Sunday, we celebrate the rich
 blessings of our Nation's natural resources, and we renew our commitment to
 protecting our environment so we leave our children and grandchildren a
 flourishing land.
     By encouraging cooperative conservation, innovation, and new
 technologies, my Administration has compiled a strong environmental record.
 This Earth Day, harmful air pollutant levels are down more than ten percent
 since 2001. Millions more Americans are drinking cleaner, safer water. We
 have removed hazardous fuels from more than 19 million acres of federal
 land. We have created, restored, or protected more than 2.5 million acres
 of wetlands, and we have conserved almost 200 million of acres of habitat
 through Farm Bill conservation programs. And we are taking positive steps
 to confront the important challenge of climate change. Our work is not
 done. We also have a responsibility to pass on to future generations our
 commitment to the environment.
     To do so, we must ensure that future generations have a strong
 connection to nature. This will require working together to protect and
 conserve not only nationally significant natural wonders but also local
 parks, ponds, and working lands where parents and mentors can teach young
 people about the outdoors through recreational activities such as fishing,
 hunting, biking and nature watching. And we must also encourage Americans
 of all ages to get involved in conservation-related volunteer activities.
     I call on all Americans to commemorate this Earth Day by recommitting
 to being good stewards of our land and oceans. When we do so, we take an
 important step forward to a more vibrant future for our country.
     Contact: White House Press Office, +1-202-456-2580
 
 

SOURCE White House Press Office
    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush on Earth Day 2007:
     As we observe the 38th Earth Day this Sunday, we celebrate the rich
 blessings of our Nation's natural resources, and we renew our commitment to
 protecting our environment so we leave our children and grandchildren a
 flourishing land.
     By encouraging cooperative conservation, innovation, and new
 technologies, my Administration has compiled a strong environmental record.
 This Earth Day, harmful air pollutant levels are down more than ten percent
 since 2001. Millions more Americans are drinking cleaner, safer water. We
 have removed hazardous fuels from more than 19 million acres of federal
 land. We have created, restored, or protected more than 2.5 million acres
 of wetlands, and we have conserved almost 200 million of acres of habitat
 through Farm Bill conservation programs. And we are taking positive steps
 to confront the important challenge of climate change. Our work is not
 done. We also have a responsibility to pass on to future generations our
 commitment to the environment.
     To do so, we must ensure that future generations have a strong
 connection to nature. This will require working together to protect and
 conserve not only nationally significant natural wonders but also local
 parks, ponds, and working lands where parents and mentors can teach young
 people about the outdoors through recreational activities such as fishing,
 hunting, biking and nature watching. And we must also encourage Americans
 of all ages to get involved in conservation-related volunteer activities.
     I call on all Americans to commemorate this Earth Day by recommitting
 to being good stewards of our land and oceans. When we do so, we take an
 important step forward to a more vibrant future for our country.
     Contact: White House Press Office, +1-202-456-2580
 
 SOURCE White House Press Office