Earth Day and National Park Week

Winter sunset over Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California USA (© Russ Bishop/www.russbishop.com)
Winter sunset over Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Celebrating Earth Day and National Park Week!

Forty-seven years ago the green movement was conceived and since then it has become a driving force in today’s world economy and social consciousness. We’ve come a long way since the early days of tie-dye and a novelty called recycling. Fast forward to 2017 and LED light bulbs are the norm, hybrid cars are everywhere, and small countries like Iceland are run almost entirely on clean energy.

One of the driving forces in my photography is to show the natural world at its best and to remind us all why it’s important to preserve it. I also support organizations like The Nature Conservancy and The Wilderness Society, which do an excellent job of preserving natural spaces, working with landowners, and educating the public about the connection between health and conservation throughout the year.

This year National Park Week is April 15th-23rd and Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd. Once again the National Park Service is partnering with the National Park Foundation to offer free admission to over 400 of the nation’s parks and monuments on April 15th-16th and April 22nd-23rd. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy America’s Best Idea at a park near you or celebrate the day in a natural space close to home. Use the tag #findyourpark to locate all the events in your area.

Whether you take a hike, plan a photo excursion, volunteer with one of the many organizations planning events or simply change out those old light bulbs, take time to marvel at all the natural wonders of our tiny blue planet and make a commitment to help preserve it.

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