It is time to pack a picnic and explore the natural beauty of our amazing planet! If you are in the United States, this week is a perfect time to visit one of the 413 National Parks as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of preservation, conservation and service.
The centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is also a reminder about continuing the practice of preservation well into the future. As the National Parks Foundation says, “It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation.” And, it’s about remembering to make time to enjoy and protect these beautiful places.
At the Earth Institute we often talk about how we are most inspired to care for what we love. With an increasingly busy and technology-oriented society, time outdoors and time spent falling in love with our natural places can come at a premium. Yet it is more important than ever to forge these connections to place. As Gary Snyder says, “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” Yes indeed!
*If you need a kick-start getting outside and connecting with nature, join us for our October EcoChallenge and choose a Nature Challenge. Pick an action like going for a daily walk, eating meals outside, or exploring your natural places and commit to it for two weeks.