You'll Learn 'Outdoor & Backpacking Ethics - Leave No Trace'
So that all the inhabitants in Nature (birds, plants, insects, animals, sea organisms) coexist in harmony.
Outdoor & Backpacking Ethics
Ethics is connected with many areas, starting from personal, professional, business, ending with religious, normative, outdoor and backpacking. The last one is our concern. What is it? How do we establish it and preserve it? Is it really that important and why? What are the consequences of our negligence? How can we prevent that? Can people be more aware of the current situation?
Our world is a big and great place. There is plenty of room for everybody. We have wondrous natural phenomena. All of it is easily seen and approachable. The problem is our awareness and lack of care. Strange, but we seem like a race destined to destroy oxygen and green surfaces, just because of own greed. That is not the only problem. Here comes… How many times have you visited a national park or a piece of landscape and seen a pile of trash or a human footprint, imbued with negative energy and complete lack of consciousness. I know. Every reasonable person does.
We all like nature? But what are some of the things we do in order to preserve it? How can we contribute? In the following chapters, we are going to review some of the things that have to be done, so we can maintain the right order and help all the inhabitants in Nature (birds, plants, insects, animals, sea organisms) coexist in harmony.
Outdoor Principles | Leave No Trace
Leave no Trace is a program that serves as a remainder and a rule book on how to preserve Nature and leave no or minimum impact. Over the time they have evolved and today we have the seven outdoor principles of Leave no Trace. Let’s focus on each one of them.
Plan ahead and prepare
If you want to do something, or go somewhere, you should be at least familiar with the area. Think what you need. Get to know the regulations of the place you intend to visit. Read about it ask someone who has been there.
Travel and Camp on durable surfaces
Try not to disturb vegetation. Choose rocks, snow and already established paths, instead of fragile systems in a forest.
Dispose of waste properly
Clean all the waste! No matter if it is organic or not. Cigarettes, packages, food peels, pet waste, everything must be collected. Respect the whole healthy system you are able to enjoy in. Give something in return. Clean the area.
Leave What You Find
All those things we would take home are the things that insects, birds or animals use as their home, food or something else. Stones, sticks, flowers, leave them where they were.
Minimize campfire impacts
If not put out properly, even the most innocent campfire can cause a great disaster. Don’t burn your garbage in the same fire, respect seasonal fire bans, put fire rings around it. That is a start, right?
In wilderness - we are guests. That said, we should respect our hosts. Birds, insects, animals, marine life, all of them deserve to be observed from distance. Treat them as you would like to be treated.
Be considerate of others
You are not the centre of Universe. As you treat wildlife with care, treat other people who like to explore it as well. Loud music, smoking, leaving the campsite messy shouldn’t be allowed.