Darwin Day '09

As most of you know, Darwin Day is this Thursday – February 12! *Woo!* Today I went to a “celebration” of sorts.

There weren’t any party games, but there was cake!!

It was at Long Key Nature Center in Davie, Fl. A long drive for me, but well worth it. I saw some awesome speakers there. In the morning we saw Captain Dan Kipnis, who spoke about Global Warming and how it’s affecting our oceans. It was pretty sad because species are dying out, water levels rising, and ice melting. And the worst part is we probably won’t be able to stop it any time soon. We have to find ways to live with the mess we’ve made and try to make it better any way we can. Captain Kipnis was a fantastic speaker, and his enthusiasm was inspirational.

After, I went for a walk around the park. I took some (awesome) pictures. Once you see them you’ll be jealous that you weren’t there (and you’ll be jealous of my picture taking skills!)

There are signs in the park that tell you how the trees are all native to Florida. How cool!

After going on the walk, we saw another speaker. His name was Jonathan P. Smith and his topic was “Why Darwin (Evolution) Matters”. It matters for a lot of reasons. Evolution has been taken advantage of by humans before we even knew what it was. We used natural selection to make our crops better, or to breed animals we could eat or use. Evolution is the reason why you have to get multiple flu shots, or use different antibiotics when you get sick – the organisms that cause those diseases change and become resistant to certain drugs.

Evolution is important for medicine, food, and all sorts of other stuff. I’m so glad that I could be a part of the celebration.

Is anybody else doing something awesome for Darwin Day? Possibly involving cake?

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  1. February 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm —

    Well, I’ll probably use it as an excuse to bake my famous fooberry bread.

  2. February 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm —

    You know, when people say “all sorts of other stuff,” that usually means they don’t know. (I am just teasing 🙂 )
    Anyways, Darwin RULZ!

  3. vreify
    February 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm —

    I went to the NYC Skeptics event on Saturday–Darwin’s great-great-grandson was there!

    It’s always nice to see a bunch of skeptics gathering in a room. (I was about to type “like-minded folk” but I realize skeptics often disagree about lots of things, so.)

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