Natural resources are the source of our life. The exploitation of natural resources for our well being has rapidly increased with the advancement of technology. It has become unsustainable. The modern technologies have excelled in extraction of natural resources efficiently and rapidly. Ever since industrialization, materialism has become the motivating engine for growth. Mass consumption is propagated. Wasteful consumption has become part of lifestyles and symbol of progress. The population too is rising as also the aspirations of the people. The extent of production and consumption has become indicators of progress. On the other hand, the impact of this growth-oriented consumptive lifestyle has also led to environmental devastation. There is increased awareness of this crisis. We are also painfully aware f depletion of fossil fuels, global warming, climate change, rise in sea level, endangered species, species extinction, desertification, pollution, habitat destruction, soil erosion, waste and garbage accumulation, urban sprawl and sustainable development.
The urgency to preserve the remaining natural habitats and to protect biodiversity is well recognized. In 1962 there were 9,124 protected areas that spanned 2.4 million square kilometers. But by 2003 the number had risen to 102,102 sites covering 18.8 million square kilometers. This constitutes 12.65 percent of the earth’s surface with 11.5 percent being land and 0.5 percent ocean.
Nature is best appreciated when you live and experience nature as it is in its untouched form. The best way to do this is to go as a small group with minimum essential goods for your survival into a national park and camp there without causing any disturbance to the natural surroundings. Amongst the key items needed would be the camping tent and sleeping bag amongst others. These are available in camping equipment stores. Camping tents are crucial to make your stay comfortable. There are many companies that produce a variety of camping tents such as Marmot, Black Diamond, Kelty, Eureka, MSR, Sierra and many more. They manufacture various tents of different sizes and other features. MSR produces tents with different designs such as MSR Hubba Hubba, MSR Fury and MSR Hubba HP Tent.
The first modern national park was established in the United States, the Yellowstone National Park in 1872. The Rocky Mountain National Park became the first national park in Canada established in 1885. The Royal National Park was established in Australia in 1879. The first national park in New Zealand was established in 1887. Sweden was the first country in Europe to establish a set of nine parks in 1909. The Kruger National Park came into being in 1926 in South Africa. Since the 1950s hundreds of parks were established in over a hundred countries all over the world.
Camping is indeed a better way to have fun and enjoy with one’s family and friends. But the best part is, you get to discover nature and take care of it.