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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018 is an important date for anyone who appreciates the earth.  Contemplating the topic I wondered what I could do to help support environmental protection.   As a rider, I have a deeper appreciation for nature. I am grateful for the opportunity to access pristine desert and various local areas.  Areas that would take days or months to travel by wagon or foot is now accessible through off road vehicles.

As the vehicles increase in performance, and the ability to access remote areas increases, so does the need for nourishment in remote areas. As we consume the food or drink the water in these remote locations, we should pack up the products and trash.

Since 1994 Leave No Trace For Outdoor Ethics a non-profit organization have exists to educate people about their recreational impact on nature as well as the principles .

Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors. It consists of seven principles:

  1. plan ahead and prepare,
  2. travel and camp on durable surfaces,
  3. dispose of waste properly,
  4. leave what you find,
  5. minimize campfire impacts,
  6. respect wildlife,
  7. be considerate of other visitors.

Taking this information into consideration, I decided to take some action of my own.  I spent some time out in Yuma Desert this Sunday and picked up trash.  As I picked up multiple plastic bottles, it felt a bit weird picking up someone else’s trash.  I have never hesitated to pick up more than I brought with me. I encourage you to take a trash bag each time you go into the desert.

For more information on Leave No Trace visit their website. https://lnt.org

Happy Earth Day 2018

 

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