A Celebration of Earth’s Continents

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About 200 million years ago, incredible forces separated the Earth’s crust, creating seven continents. Each continent has evolved with distinct cultures, climates, terrains, and unique animal life. Together, we are home to an estimated 8 million species of plants and animals. We must work to protect our Earth as 1 million of the plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction.

How do we each work to protect the Earth? Start by setting a good example for our children and our co-workers by fostering a sense of stewardship that will last generations to come. One of the greatest ways to improve our quality of life is to plant native trees — an amazing gift that keeps on giving. Continue to work on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Continue to learn and volunteer to enhance the quality of life for all living things.

If people and wildlife learn to live together — inside and outside protected areas — our future on Earth will be bright!

Seven Beautiful Continents

  1. North America is our own personal continent with all climates ranging from the frozen tundra to the warm thorn forest at Quinta Mazatlan.
  2. South America is the continent with the most “natural superlatives” like the largest rainforest, highest waterfalls, longest mountain range, and driest place on earth.
  3. Europe is home to real reindeer. The reindeer do not fly, but can run up to 50 mph and can have red noses in the winter.
  4. Africa has one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth!  Africa also has the most countries — 54!
  5. Asia is the largest continent with one-third of the earth’s land and two-thirds of the earth’s people.
  6. Australia is our smallest continent on earth — sometimes called an “island continent” surrounded by oceans. Kangaroos outnumber people!
  7. Antarctica is the coldest and windiest continent on earth, completely covered in ice. Penguins greatly outnumber people!

Together, we can protect our Earth by starting in our own backyard. Plant a native tree this holiday season.

Caption:  Take a walk through Earth’s continents at ILLUMINA FEST from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19 at Quinta Mazatlan. You never know how much light you have to give until you share it with others. Tickets ($5 and ages 2 and under free) can be purchased online or at Quinta Mazatlan.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Earth’s Continents? #JoinTheConversation at facebook.com/rgvisionmagazine.