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NTBG and St Regis Host Tom Friedman for 50th Anniversary

(Top to Lower Right) Tom Friedman;  NTBG Trustee Charlie Walker, Dr. Diane Ragone and;  Dr. Diane Ragone, NTBG Trustee Dr. David Rae, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Photos courtesy of Ralph Alswang Photography.
(Top to Lower Right) Tom Friedman; NTBG Trustee Charlie Walker, Dr. Diane Ragone and; Dr. Diane Ragone, NTBG Trustee Dr. David Rae, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Photos courtesy of Ralph Alswang Photography.

Washington, DC (October 08, 2014) – The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) hosted a dinner on Tuesday, October 7th in the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NTBG’s Congressional Charter and featured Tom Friedman.

Tom Frieman writes a twice-weekly column for The New York Times and has written extensively on foreign affairs including global trade, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues, and has won the Pulitzer Prize three times.

Mr. Friedman states in Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America, “At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it – if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature gives us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas…What good is it to have wind powered lights to brighten the night if you can’t see anything green during the day?”

Mr. Friedman’s dinner presentation – Extinction or Sustainability: Conserving plants, animals, and people in a changing – followed a one-day symposium bringing together the world’s leading scientists, researchers, and academics to discuss the future roles and responsibilities of botanic gardens.

To learn more about the National Tropical Botanical Garden, visit ntbg.org, or follow NTBG on Twitter and Facebook.

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