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Leave no trace while travelling this coming Earth Day

BY 

ALBERTO SAAVEDRA

 – APRIL 1, 2011

Have you decided where you are going to celebrate Earth Day? This year provides a great opportunity to appreciate Earth’s natural environment away from home: the date (22nd April) coincides with Good Friday; therefore, Easter long weekend getaways can be planned!
Once you have selected your destination, make sure you are aware of the following principles in order to preserve the outdoor experience:

  • Plan ahead. Adequate trip planning and preparation help to enjoy a trip and minimize damage to the land. Inform yourself about weather, terrain, fire and camping restrictions. Consider one-pot meals and reduce commercial packaging from food.
  • Travel on durable surfaces. Choose a natural durable surface on which to camp (rock, sand, gravel, ice and snow) in an already impacted area. If possible, travel on trails when available.
  • Proper disposal of waste. Bring proper equipment to avoid pollution of water sources. Minimize the possibility of spreading disease.
  • Leave what you find. Respect natural settings: minimize site alterations; avoid damaging live trees and plants; and, leave natural objects and cultural artifacts.
  • Minimize campfires. Bring stoves for minimum-impact camping. The use of a fire pan is a good alternative for fire building.
  • Respect wildlife. Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. You are a visitor to their home.
  • Be considerate of other visitors. Maintain courtesy towards other campers so everyone enjoys their outdoor experience.

If you want to learn more about the programmes of Leave No Trace, you can check out this online training. Don’t forget to put these principles into practice at your next outdoor travel destination!

Photo by Jason Pratt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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  1. Dear Peter,

    The last 12 months have been a roller-coaster. Your participation and hard work brought a climate law to the doors of the Dáil, a landmark breakthrough that few campaigns reach. Against the odds, your campaigning kept climate change on the political agenda when so much else was washed away by the economic crisis. The unprecedented political events of the last six months meant that Bill wasn’t passed before the election. Teh new government has promised a bil of its own and now it won’t be starting from scratch that is thanks to you.

    Friends of the Earth Ireland and our colleagues in Northern Ireland are hosting the Friends of the Earth Activism Gathering in June. It is our opport unity to take stock of the highs and lows of the last year and to help shape the future of our environmental campaigning throughout the island. What happens next depends on you.

    Join us in the Mourne Mountains for the
    Friends of the Earth Activism Gathering 2011
    Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, County Down.
    Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June, 2011
    We have excellent speakers lined up that with include a host of special guests. However, the weekend will mainly focus on participative workshops and sessions that will act as a springboard for discussion and debate.

    There will also be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise with other Friends of the Earth supporters and activists from all across Northern Ireland and the Republic including a pub quiz on Saturday night.

    The full price for the weekend, food and accommodation, is only €60! Or €30 studen t or unwaged. Download a booking form now . Spaces are limited, so you can return it by email to reserve your place. We’ll call you to take payment by laser or credit card. Or just reply to this email with your number we will call you back and do the whole thing over the phone.

    What you do really can tip the scales towards global justice and sustainability.The Irish environmental movement is growing.

    Come and be part of it.

    Oisín Coghlan
    Director
    Friends of the Earth

    P.S. Spaces are limited for this great weekend, so email us with your phone number ASAP to reserve your place.

    Reply

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