Some people may view travelling and recreational activities as being inherently contradictory to sustainability. While it is true that there are some environmental impacts associated with these activities, moderation and mindfulness can help mitigate a lot of these impacts. We might also argue that sitting on the couch, feeding one's face while consuming energy is also unsustainable (in more ways than one!). But, we digress...
We advocate the respectful enjoyment of natural and manmade habitats. The key is to preserve these assets for the future enjoyment of others.
Please keep these principles in mind:
- Leave No Trace!
- Carpool whenever possible
- Borrow, rent, or buy used gear to limit material and transportation impacts
- Support companies and products that demonstrate their environmental and ethical performance. Don't just take them at their word though - some overstate these claims or outright lie.
- This goes without saying really - don't deface or intentionally damage manmade or natural features.
- We don't advocate harming or killing animals for pure recreation.
- Even if hunting or fishing for food, do your homework to be aware of local endangered or distressed species.
- Personal sustainability: make sure you don't attempt a dangerous activity way beyond your skill level, or without a buddy/supervision. At least let someone know your plans (most of us have seen "127 Hours").
- Observe and obey all local laws and restrictions - don't ruin the chance for the rest of us to continue using these resources.