Earth Day gets celebrated annually on this day, 22 April, to demonstrate support for environmental protection and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year. The name and concept of Earth Day was pioneered at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco by John McConnell in 1969 . He proposed 21 March 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere., for the celebration of this special day. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on 22 April 1970. While it was focused on the United States for the first twenty years, it went international in 1990 and is growing every year another 23 years down the line.
To celebrate Earth Day I'm showcasing some most breathtaking views of the Cape I photographed on a tour of the Cape Peninsula with the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. All truly 5 star views. Who graded them? Well me, of cause. I'm sure you will agree though.
The view of Muizenberg from the Shark Spotters lookout on Boyes Drive. The hundreds of little black specks in the water are all surfers waiting for a wave to ride.
Looking back towards Smutswinkel and Simonstown from the top of the Cape Point lookout with False Bay stretching away to Gordon's Bay and Strand in the distance.
Cape Point and the new lighthouse at the bottom visible from the old lighthouse. Truly one of South Africa's most striking and recognisable natural landmarks
Another picture from the old Cape Point Lighthouse lookout area. This time looking west to the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of Africa.
The final picture is of one of the most scenic and dramatic drives in the world. Chapman's Peak Drive with Hout Bay in the distance, taken from the window of the vehicle I was travelling in. Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us time up Table Mountain during that weekend otherwise I would have included one or two views from up there in the collection as well.
Disclosure: I went on the Cape Peninsula tour as guest of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa during a fully hosted blogger tour of Cape Town. I received no additional remuneration to write this post and all views expressed are my own.