“The earth is what we all have in common.”
I’ve traveled many places and seen many cultures around the world, and the one thing that always inspires and at times perplexes me is how we are all connected by the earth we live on. Growing up in the southwestern United States, I was used to open spaces with a unique mix of orange desert sand and hillsides of mountains covered with pine trees. I was always eager to venture to the city and feel its bustling energy and variety of culture and people. Eventually, I was able to experience what I wanted by traveling to cities like London, Shanghai, Milan, and Paris. Although I still love visiting a city, I began to wish for a moment in the wide open spaces I had grown up in. Encompassed by the clouds of pollution while visiting China and recalling the skyscrapers and flashing billboards of Times Square in New York City, I often wondered if the planet would soon become one giant city of smog with advertisements of franchises and corporations. Cities can give us great opportunity, but I find my creativity and inspiration can flourish just as much in the natural beauty of the outdoors. If you don’t understand what I mean, take a look at these photos from my travels around the world to inspire you to enjoy and preserve nature for future generations:
As I continue to travel more and desire to explore, the more I realize how important it is to leave as little a carbon footprint as I can to protect this precious world. There’s nothing wrong with a city, but if we can’t learn to live in them more sustainably, the resources of remote nature we yearn for in order to escape the city, will disappear. There will be plenty of advocacy this week and today for Earth Day, but our efforts need to last beyond one day, they need to become daily habits. Some may say we can’t have an affect, but with small steps in our daily lives to recycle and reduce, vote for politicians and support organizations who make steps to preserve the world, and purchase from companies whose products are manufactured with eco-friendly practices, we can make a difference. Caring for the environment should be a priority, before it’s too late to experience Hanging Lake, Cajas National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Machu Picchu and Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. If all of natural beauty is gone from this world, what will we have left?
“Only when the last tree has died and last river been poisoned and the last fish caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”
-Cree Indian Proverb