Happy Earth Day! (Whatever it is..) In honor of it, I present five places on our planet that I find the most beautiful, in a natural sense without the human developments.
1. Yellowstone National Park, United States
The first national park of Earth. But even without that acknowledge, just look at this hotspot! That is what Unicorn Land would look like. The supervolcano under it poses a massive threat, but we can all agree that no one and nothing poses a greater threat to us than ourselves.
2. The Galápagos Islands, Republic of Ecuador
If this place can inspire Darwin, it can inspire everyone. The exotic species present there are a delight, especially the famous Galapogan Tortoise.
3. Svalbard, Arctic Ocean (Norway)
The best place (that is feasible to be present at) on Earth to view to the Northern Lights. And I am yet to find a person who doesn’t think that the Northern Lights aren’t pretty.
4. The Dead Sea
This lake was my the fascination of my childhood. This was before I knew the concepts of density and Archimedes Principle- my mother used to tell me that there was this “Dead” sea in which I couldn’t drown and I thought it was magic. With its 1.24 kg/l density and hence, no marine life, this is the coolest water body on Earth.
My ultimate dream destination. People have described it as Heaven; it is so cold that time itself freezes. Also, it is the home of penguins and I identify as one.
The sad part: These places won’t exist in their current state after a few hundred years.
The happy part: We can stop that from happening.
Why should we make the effort? (I mean Mr. Musk will take us to Mars anyway, right? )
Nuh-uh. It’s going to take more than your remaining lifetime to put up a substantial proportion of the population to these Mars colonies. And even if we finally colonize Mars, it is no reason why we should stop caring for what we already have.
I’ll quote Carl Sagan here because no one has described the Earth as beautifully as him:
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
…. <Find the entire excerpt from his “Pale Blue Dot” here.>
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.