|State Representatives Sherwood and Rios introduced a resolution in the Arizona House proclaiming February 12, 2015 as International Darwin Day in Arizona. The resolution states:|
Whereas, February 12, 2015 is the 206th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin; and
Whereas, Charles Darwin is recognized for the discovery of natural selection as the mechanism by which biological evolution occurs; and
Whereas, Darwin's discovery of natural selection continues to serve as the foundation for ongoing advances in science, health, philosophy, art, education and many other areas of modern life; and
Whereas, Darwin's strength of character is evident in the great courage, wisdom and honesty required to explore and publish the findings supporting natural selection as the mechanism by which biological evolution occurs; and
Whereas, the anniversary of Darwin's birth is an appropriate day on which to celebrate and to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity and the hunger for truth, which contribute to the well-being of all people; and
Whereas, the State of Arizona is rightfully proud of its commitment to growth in the biotechnology industry, scientific research and education, natural resource-based recreation and tourism, research hospitals, aeronautics and other areas made possible by ongoing innovation in the life sciences.
ThereforeBe it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona:
That the Members of the House of Representatives proclaim February 12, 2015 as International Darwin Day in Arizona.