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22 April 2020
Latitude28 Band Earth Day 2020

Earth Day’s 50th Birthday

I can’t let today slip by without acknowledging that 1) it’s Earth Day, and 2) it’s Earth Day’s 50th birthday!

I have to admit that I wasn’t super savvy about the origins of Earth Day. So I googled it, of course, and found Earthday.org, which informed me that on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans mobilized to call for greater protections for our planet. Twenty million! And that was fifty years ago!

That got my attention. I learned that the Earth Day Network (EDN) grew out of that first event. The EDN now boasts a roster of one billion people and over 75,000 partners in 190 countries joining together to make a difference for the environment.

What does this have to do with Latitude28 Band? Not a lot beyond the fact that we’re all citizens of this rock and I wanted to acknowledge the day here.

Somehow, in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, I feel like we all see Earth as a slightly smaller place than we did before. We’ve all held our breaths and watched as a disease jumped borders and continents before our eyes. We’ve been reminded of just how close Wuhan is to Bergamo, and New York to Tehran.

We’re all inhabiting this little planet together.

Happy 50th birthday, Earth Day.

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