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"Tree of Life" Theme of PEEC's Earth Day 2009

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By The Staff

For the 10th consecutive year, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is organizing the Earth Day celebration in Los Alamos.

The theme of this year's event is “Tree of Life,” in recognition of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the publication of his most famous book “On the Origin of Species.”

The growth and branching of trees is a metaphor that Darwin used to explain an aspect of his theory of evolution. Species evolve from common ancestors, with more closely related species having branched apart more recently.

As Darwin stated more elaborately, “As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great ‘Tree of Life’....”

While many organizations have events this year that recognize Charles Darwin, and many are also celebrating Earth Day, not many organizations have combined Earth Day and recognition of Darwin into one event.

In fact, when I googled “Earth Day and Darwin” the other day, PEEC's website (www.PajaritoEEC.org) was the fifth in the list of search results.


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