History of Earth Day







  • Location: it’s right here. Look just below your feet.
  • Memorable: it’s shaped like the AT&T logo.
  • Spherical: which makes it convenient for those ’round-the-world trips and has a much more pleasing shape than from where we came. Have you ever wondered why we called the previous generation “squares?” Coincidence?
  • Great restaurants: and great atmosphere, unlike, for example, the Moon, which has great restaurants but no atmosphere.
  • Oxygen-Nitrogen atmosphere: this is so crucial for those of us who breathe and better than methane in so many ways.
  • Gravity: which is set at a convenient “one-g,” quite handy for keeping everything in its place. It’s why we say someone is “down to Earth.”
  • Neighbors: in this part of the galaxy, usually far enough away that they don’t bother us much, and those who do are generally more intelligent than average, needing to understand things like calculus, tachyons, and superluminal FTL dynamics for hyperspatial physics.



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Bill Petro

Bill Petro


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