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Do you ‘Celebrate’ Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day, Latitude Nation.

What’s that? You didn’t realize it was Earth Day? (Some of you might even be asking, are they still doing that?) What with Easter and that peculiar “cannabis holiday” on April 20, the urgency of and attention to Earth Day get lost in the mix, which, sadly, is an apt allegory of environmentalism in the current zeitgeist.

Here’s a post from surfer Joel Tudor’s Instagram today:

But fear not! Earth-minded sailors are on the job.

Formerly the Volvo Ocean Race, the newly rebranded The Ocean Race “is building on its position as the sustainability leader in global sport by announcing a visionary partnership with 11th Hour Racing — the largest of its kind in sport,” a press release said.

“The legendary round-the-world sailing event and its premier partner will focus on a broad range of initiatives to promote the restoration of ocean health, embedding sustainability in all event operations.”

Leg Zero, Around the Island Race: onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing.
© 2019 Martin Keruzore/The Ocean Race

And who says environmentalism isn’t sexy?

As part of initiatives, The Ocean Race will:

— “Work with experts and sailing teams to explore the use of state-of-the-art renewable energy systems onboard the IMOCA 60 and VO65 classes during the next edition of The Ocean Race in 2021.

— “Inspire school children around the world to take action for the ocean through a multi-lingual, curriculum-based, education program, to be released in May 2019.

— “Continue the powerful science program developed in the last Ocean Race, which gathered critical oceanographic and microplastics data, and examine ways that all teams are able to participate in this groundbreaking research.

— “Inspire millions of Race Village visitors with the possibility of a sustainable world through interactive experiences at each stopover.”

And as long as we’re on the topic — what does Earth Day mean to you? Do you mark the occasion with any particular rituals? Do you write letters to your representatives in Congress? We’d like to know.

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