What is Earth Day? Today, it’s likely many more people know what Earth Day is, since the movement to save the environment has gone global. But even back in 1970, when Earth Day began, 20 million Americans from coast-to-coast demonstrated for the environment in auditoriums, parks and streets. They initiated a movement and made a commitment to preserve the planet’s ecosystems. They did this on April 22, which later became an Earth Day tradition.
Every year Earth Day is held on April 22. This year, to celebrate and commemorate Earth Day, you take part in green travel. You may not know it, but charter buses are the greenest form of ground transportation in the country — even more eco-friendly than hybrid cars.
Earth Day History
Smoke billowed from factories. Companies dumped sludge into waterways. And with wild abandon, pollution saturated the air and water. Yet, prosperity and industrial progress were all that mattered to an oblivious America striving for materialistic dreams.
However, In 1962, a New York Times bestseller called Silent Spring, authored by Rachel Carlson reached the market. The publishing house sold more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries. But even more importantly, the book’s ideas knocked on the world’s door, bringing awareness that man was killing living organisms and destroying the environment. It made known the links between public health and pollution. And it laid the groundwork for the subsequent environmental movement.
The idea for Earth Day began through a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson. After witnessing the devastation of the massive Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969, he believed we needed to take action. At this time, a monumental counter-culture change was already underway as many across the country protested the Viet Nam War. Nelson decided to take advantage of this energy and channel it into cleaning up the environment.
Earth Day appealed to people from all walks of life – Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, city dwellers and farmers.
In 1990, Earth Day reached global proportions, and 141 countries and about 200 million people recognized it. Since then, the Earth Day Network has set many ambitious goals through education, organized efforts and legislation to deal with the damage of climate change.
Visit the National Parks
A sure way to appreciate nature first-hand is to experience the beauty and wonder of the National Parks. The National Parks Conservation has the goal of preserving the land and ecosystems for the present and future generations. There are 59 national parks in the U.S. today, and here are a few to consider visiting:
Olympic National Park. Located in the State of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, the park’s extremes range from the glaciers of Olympic Mountains to the Pacific coastline. The park spans nearly a million acres and contains several vastly different ecosystems. People enjoy the park for fishing, backpacking, boating, camping and wildlife watching.
Yellowstone National Park. Every year millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park, which is famous for its geyser, Old Faithful. Abundant wildlife, rugged canyons, rock walls and spires are other attractions that draw people to Yellowstone. The park straddles two states, Wyoming and Montana and is a great area for boating, fishing and hiking.
Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon is one of the eight wonders of the world. Nothing is more humbling or generates greater respect for nature than viewing the majesty of this awe-inspiring canyon. The canyon extends up to 18 miles across and 277 miles in length. Aside from captivating views, you can also enjoy camping, hiking and white-water rafting.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sprawling across Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky National Park is America’s most visited park. The Smokies got their name from the Cherokee Indians, who in their language called the mountains “place of the blue smoke.” It was a fitting name because of the lingering blue mist around the mountain’s peaks and valleys. You’ll experience a great diversity of plant and wildlife, and camping and hiking are the favorite pastimes.
Charter a Bus from US Coachways and Experience Nature during Spring or Summer
As you celebrate nature by traveling in the most eco-friendly way possible, keep in mind there are also other advantages for chartering a bus:
Safety. Bus charters are the nation’s safest type of ground transportation. A professional driver will navigate the roads and traffic for you.
Convenience. When you travel in a group, one of the biggest challenges is keeping the group together. Traffic delays, people getting lost and time spent searching for parking often result in waiting for others to arrive. Enjoy the convenience of bus charters.
Travel savings. You’ll be amazed how affordable bus charters are when everyone chips in.
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