Today marks the 50th anniversary of celebrating, preserving, and protecting our big blue marble for Earth Day. Along with joining the digital celebrations and making a donation, we wanted to share a few ways you can steep yourself in the wonder of some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
First up, we are going to visit the United States with Google Arts & Culture and The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks. Guided by rangers from each park, take a 360-degree tour of places like Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida. Each tour is filled with interesting audio explaining the secrets and not so well known features of each park.
Up next, Parks Canada has spent years collecting imagery from some of Canada’s amazing national parks and you can use Google Street View to explore them in 360-degrees. Parks include Autuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, Torngat Mountains National Park in Newfoundland & Labrador, Forillon Nation Park in Quebec, Wood Buffalo Nation Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, and Point Pelee National Park right here in Ontario.
Finally, Netflix recently released a collection of educational content, normally reserved for its streaming service, for free on Youtube. Included in this playlist is the entire Our Planet series which is narrated by David Attenborough and provides a breathtaking look at Planet Diversity, Frozen Worlds, Jungles, Coastal Seas, From Deserts to Grasslands, High Seas, Fresh Water, and Forests.
Celebrate Earth Day with these amazing tools and let’s never forget how amazing our world really is.
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