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Back on April 22nd, 1970, the very first Earth Day was celebrated as “May Day.” For those around back then, you’ll remember the environment wasn’t even a talking point. A senator from Wisconsin by the name of Gaylord Nelson was so disturbed by this that he created Earth Day to shine a light on this issue. Student movements along with this day helped eventually lead to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. In honor of our planet’s health, here’s a few ways to celebrate be it at home or when you’re visiting.

Take a Natural History Virtual Tour of the Eastern Sierra

Earth Day is an opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the world. Our world is one of wonder. Bishop’s big backyard is filled with magical places and experiences. If you can’t make it to our neck of the woods this spring, immerse yourself in the natural history of the Eastern Sierra. Or better yet, flip through our digital travel guide or our photographer’s bucket list to inspire your next adventure.

Appreciate Our Big Backyard Wisely

It’s awesome to see so many people experiencing the great outdoors for the 1st time and reaping the rewards. Sadly, this extra love has taken a toll on our wildlands. Instead of saying you shouldn’t come, create good habits so that you, your children, and your children’s children can enjoy it too. This includes ideas like camping in designated areas and following the “Leave No Trace” principles. We’ve all been newbies before. If you’re a veteran to nature, don’t chastise but lead by example. Nature is a place for all of us to enjoy and appreciate.

Shop Local – Specialty Shops & Boutiques

Another way to honor the Earth is to shop local. Compared to mega-corporations or chains, small businesses have a MUCH smaller carbon footprint. With a small budget, they’re intentional on what they purchase and use. Require less forms of transport, less waste, and most of all your money goes directly into the community. To really get a taste of Bishop’s culture, be sure to set aside time and explore our specialty shops and boutiques.

Take the Pledge on Earth Day

Spending time in nature is cathartic and crucial for each person’s health. At the same time, it’s becoming essential to recreate responsibly. Instead of just glossing over these ideas, we urge you as a visitor or resident to take “The Pledge” this Earth Day. The idea is simple – Be mindful and respect the magical landscape of the Eastern Sierra found here: Bishop’s Big Backyard Pledge so that you leave nature better than you found it.

Happy Earth Day To All!

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Cardinal Village Tree Sale & Christmas Fun

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Holiday Pop Up Shop – Sierra Shanti

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