Regular readers will recall that a few weeks ago I wrote about fly tipping here at Ethical Athlete, which led onto an article for Much Better Adventures entitled “Leave no trace“. Yesterday, out of the blue, I received an email from an organisation called Leave No Trace, with an appeal for help. Leave No Trace are based in North America and I hadn’t heard of them before, but after checking out their website, it looks as though they do some very important work, so it would be a pleasure to help them in any way I can.
Leave No Trace
In their own words:
The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you-the world we all enjoy.
Their work is guided by their Seven Principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Subaru 2012 “Share the Love”
From Leave No Trace’s email to me:
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics was recently chosen to participate in the Subaru 2012 “Share the Love” Event, and is in the running for $5 million in collective donations from Subaru. Till August 26, the Leave No Trace Center, along with five other charities, is competing for one of two remaining spots in the program by means of a Facebook voting contest. The two charities which receive the most votes on the event’s Facebook page, http://sharethelove.subaru.com/facebook, will ensure their selection in the Subaru “Share the Love” event. In short, there is at least $250k, and up to $5 million up for grabs among the 6 charities involved, and we still have an opportunity to quite literally rock the vote by spreading the word to as many folks as possible. […] An award of this magnitude would go a long way towards helping us educate people about enjoying the outdoors responsibly and promoting environmental stewardship.
As Leave No Trace noted in their email to me, they are up against some big charities in the competition for a share of the $5 million. At the moment they are on the shortlist to get through to the final six, but it all comes down to a Facebook popularity contest. It’s a good thing that we don’t have general elections through Facebook, or Boris Johnson certainly would be in the running to be Prime Minister. If you would like to help Leave No Trace then please vote for them. And if, like me, you had been previously unaware of who they were or what they were about, then please check them out.
Please note, the Seven Principles and Leave No Trace logo are the copyright of Leave No Trace. The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.