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Why Eco Tourism Is Necessary To Save Earth’s Wild Places & Species

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We can’t just focus on negative effects of travel.

Every environmentalist has probably heard the age-old clap back from climate deniers: “But you travel, so you’re not really an environmentalist.”

It’s the go-to for when they can’t find anything else to criticize you about, but want to show that no one is really actually trying to save the planet so they don’t have to change any of their habits.

This argument is maddening for a variety of reasons.

First of all, whataboutism is keeping the movement from making larger strides, and it allows people to think that since no one is perfect, no one should even try.

Secondly, sustainable travel is not generally accessible to the average person, so if environmentalists want to see the planet that they are trying to save, they generally have to fly or drive for at least part of their trip (especially if they plan on any trans-continental travel).

This uses fossil fuels, and while that may sound horrible or “hypocritical”, again, there aren’t other affordable options if one wants to travel at all.

Not everyone can charter a solar-powered sailboat or take off an extra month to travel in more old-fashioned ways.

It’s unrealistic to think the average person can completely swear off fossil fuels, and it’s regressive and elitist to say that …

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EarthCruiser Is Developing a Slide-Out Overlanding Camper Specifically For EVs

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With Rivian’s R1T having recently won MotorTrend’s 2022 Truck of the Year award, it’s abundantly clear that fully-electric vehicles will play a significant role in the future of off-roading and overlanding.

Recognizing this reality, the overland rig purveyors at EarthCruisers have begun preparing for this ongoing shift with the development of its first-ever EV rig.

This slide-out (pop-up roof) camper will be the first model ever developed specifically for an electric vehicle.

Despite being a slide-out model, the rig will still be incredibly lightweight—an absolute must in order to not hinder an overlander’s range.

Speaking of which, we’re also anticipating EarthCruiser to outfit the truck with—at least optional / available solar panels or some other means of charging while off of the electrical grid.

Aerodynamics will be another … [ keep reading on HICONSUMPTION ]

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Take A 98-Mile Drive On The North Carolina Waterfall Scenic Byway And Pass Scores Of Waterfalls

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If you consider yourself a true waterfall fan, you’ve likely researched “waterfalls near me” in North Carolina a time or two.

There are countless scenic highways in North Carolina, including a 98-mile stretch of roadway that is surrounded by 200 waterfalls in the western part of the state.

Aptly named the Waterfall Scenic Byway, this is one segment of road sure to wow your sense of adventure.

Buckle up and let’s get started, shall we?

The highlights of this waterfall highway in North Carolina are below…

The byway begins in Transylvania County, where you’ll embark on this 98-mile journey which begins at the intersection of US 64 and NC 215 in Rosman.

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Are Golf Carts Legal On Public Roads In Florida?

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By now, just about everyone in Florida has heard about former Tampa Police Chief Mary O’Connor’s recent traffic stop where she was stopped in her golf cart and allegedly used her position to get a pass from the officer.

Some of you are probably thinking “I’ve seen golf carts all over Florida roads, aren’t they legal?”

The answer is yes if operated correctly.

Furthermore, in some cases, they must be registered as a “Low Speed Vehicle“.

When do you need a license plate for a golf cart?

A golf cart doesn’t need to be titled or registered if it’s operated on a golf course and can’t top speeds of 20 mph, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

They can also be legally driven on roads that are specifically designated for golf carts with a posted speed limit of 30 mph or less.

For this reason, many golfing communities have separate golf cart paths for their residents.

Once you leave the gated community or golf course, the rules change.

Any golf carts that go between 20 and 25 mph and are driven on streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less must be registered, titled, insured and operated by a licensed driver, according to FLHSMV, which defines them as low-speed vehicles (LSV).

Don’t Forget Your Low Speed Vehicle Safety Equipment

Additionally, under Florida state law, if one is driven outside of these approved areas, it must have all of the same appropriate registrations and safety equipment in working order just like a regular car.

This includes headlights, brake lights and a license plate and a bright orange “safety triangle.”

Brush up on the law below:

7) On every slow-moving vehicle or equipment, animal-drawn vehicle, or other machinery designed for use and speeds less than 25 miles per hour, including all road construction and maintenance machinery except when engaged in actual construction or maintenance work either guarded by a flagger or a clearly visible warning sign, which normally travels or is normally used at a speed of less than 25 miles per hour and which is operated on a public highway:

a) A triangular slow-moving vehicle emblem SMV as described in, and displayed as provided in paragraph (b). The requirement of the emblem shall be in addition to any other equipment required by law. The emblem shall not be displayed on objects which are customarily stationary in use except while being transported on the roadway of any public highway of this state.

(b) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall adopt such rules and regulations as are required to carry out the purpose of this section. The requirements of such rules and regulations shall incorporate the current specifications for SMV emblems of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

(8) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

Can I Get A DUI on A Golf Cart?

Yes! Florida law for driving under the influence includes … [ keep reading on The Ticket Clinic ]

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