The world has changed a lot over the last 50 years. Groundbreaking progress was made for the liberation of many oppressed groups, the advent of technology created access for learning and connecting with others on a global scale, and there have been medical and scientific advancements that doctors wouldn’t have even dreamt of decades ago. But all this progress making the world a better place isn’t the only thing that has changed in the last half century.
Mother Nature, The Great Outdoors, Gaia, whatever you call it — the Earth is changing. Today, it seems everywhere you look there is another mass extinction or natural disaster collapsing ecosystems that have been in place for thousands of years. We know the planet is suffering. We do what we can to ease its pain.
But Earth is still beautiful. She still nurtures and amazes every one of us on a daily basis. There is truly nothing like standing out in a great expanse, unblemished by urbanization, and gazing around at all the beauty before you: be it the snow-capped mountains formed by tectonic boxing matches millions of years ago, colossal trees older than the United states, the clear blue water of a remote beach, or the whistle of a baby bird hatched just last week. Life finds a way to go on. We must cherish it while we can.
Gstaad, Swiss Alps, by Alps in Luxury
So, I implore you, find your way to appreciate nature. From Everest’s peak to shallow coastal waters, from Antarctica to Botswana to Boise, there are unlimited possibilities.
Some will make their bond with Earth on a more casual basis, but if you want to be truly amazed, you should probably leave your comfort zone. If skiing, biking, climbing, surfing, or hiking are your jams, why not take your relationship with Earth to the next level?
Great Barrier Reef, Australia by GettyImages
Our Adventure Book Set is curated with guides from expert wanderers and athletes that will give you some ideas on where to go to next. Whether you ski, snowboard, hike, climb, swim, scuba, or bike, the possibilities are quite literally endless. Even if you feel like you've seen it all, inside these tomes you will find that there are so many more gorgeous sights to see, so many more adventures to go on while we still can. No time to waste!