Happy Earth Day 2014! On this day, we encourage you to find a way to learn more about this day and what it means to you and the world in general. Take a look at the history of Earth Day and then come with us on a journey to 5 amazing destinations which are finding ways to promote sustainable travel and life in general.
Earth Day is held each year on April 22 and features events and activities around the world honoring what the day means. First celebrated in 1970, today, Earth Day has continued to grow and is now celebrated in 192 countries around the globe. Today, we take this day to renew our sense of commitment to the environment and its beauty and health for generations to come.
Each year, countries, cities and people find ways to encourage and promote sustainable ways of life and even travel. Destinations such as Costa Rica and other areas which are stilled filled with pristine areas offer ways to both encourage visitation and still protect the plants and animals that make it unique. From green hotels to pristine locations and environmentally friendly transportation, take a look at five destinations doing their part this year.
Adelaide, Australia – Solar powered buses? Its true at least in Adelaide. Last year the city unveiled the world’s first COMPLETELY solar powered transportation and it’s also free to use. Called the Tindo or Sun bus, it is a free service run by the city council and is part of its City Connector transportation system which connects major destinations throughout the city.
Paris, France – From reduced traffic to LED, Paris is finding new ways to do their part to protect the environment. For example, while Paris is famed for its beauty, it is also famed for its smog which is made worse by the number of drivers each day. A new initiative allows only have the traffic with 50% banned one day and the other 50% banned the other. In other news, the Notre Dame Cathedral recently replaced its 400 incandescent bulbs with LED lights which are far more efficient and live much longer.
Detroit, MI – As Detroit continues to come back from the brink, it continues to find new and innovative ways to not only better the city in terms of appearance but efficiency as well. Highland Park, a small community in the heart of Detroit is doing their part by replacing its once missing street lights with solar powered street lights.
Newcastle, England – Already regarded as one of the greenest cities in the world, Newcastle is showing its green roots once again by taking advantage of nature’s bounty. A recent discovery of naturally heated groundwater is now being used to heat large parts of the downtown area and further reduce their carbon footprint once again.
Reykjavik, Iceland – An amazing city, one that every city should aspire to be, Reykjavik, Iceland gets only 19% of its primary energy for heat and transportation from fossil fuel meaning a full 81% of the rest of this power comes completely renewable resources including geothermal and hydrogen power. While green initiatives are quite new in most places, Reykjavik, Iceland is even more unique due to the its long history dating back to 1907 when the first farmer in the area used a hot spring on his property to heat his house.
What can you do? Get out and enjoy this great day and enjoy all this amazing world and those who live in it have to offer you!
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