PROCLAMATIONWHEREAS world population stands today at more than 6.1 billion and icreases by some one billion every 13 years; and,
WHEREAS the most significant freature of the 20th century phenomenon of unprecedented world population growth was rapid urbanization; and,
WHEREAS cities and uban areas today occupy only 2% of the earth's land, but contain 50% of its population and consume 75% of its resources; and
WHEREAS the most rapid urban growth over the next two decades is expected in cities with populations ranging from 250,000 to one million; and
WHEREAS along with advantages and amenities, the rapid growth of cities leads to substantial pressure on their infrastructure, manifested in sanitary, health and crime problems, as well as in deterring the provision of basic social services; and
WHEREAS in the interest of national and environmental security, nations must redouble voluntary and humanitarian efforts to stabilize their population growth at sustainable levels, while at all times respecting the cultural and religious beliefs and values of their citizens; and
WHEREAS World Population Awareness Week was proclaimed last year by Mayors of 315 United States cities, as well as Governors of 32 states, and was co-sponsored by 231 organizations in 63 countries; and
WHEREAS in 2001 the theme for World Population Awareness Week is "Population and the Urban Future."
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council and Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Ashland, hereby proclaim the week of October 21 - 27, 2001, as
World Population Awareness Weekand urge all citizens of our city to take cognizance of this event and to participate appropriately in its observance.
Dated this 16h day of October, 2001
Alan DeBoer, Mayor
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder