Beat up or Cleaned up?
Two Leave No Trace Educators thoughts on keeping our spaces clean.
“We all have a limit to how much mess we can tolerate in our personal space, and that is noticeable in how people treat public spaces. Some people act like it is their space and leave their trash or their mess wherever they please, other people consistently pick up other people’s trash. This is a code of ethics that varies in degree of dedication. I feel that it is our responsibility to never leave our physical mark on an area but how much responsibility do I personally have to pick up other people’s trash? What helps me make that decision is simply asking myself if the trash should be there. The answer is no, trash does not belong in our natural places, especially when there is a trashcan a 30 second walk away! When I go hiking or paddling I try to bring a bag to carry out trash in the area I am visiting. There are small ways to limit your mark on the world, one way to do that is by carrying a trash bag during your outings. Another easy one is to only use reusable bottles, like Hydro Flask, for your water and caffeine cravings. ” – Bailey Roseveare
“Keeping campsites, trails, and my community clean roots down to elementary school volunteering keeping the neighborhoods clean. My mother taught me to clean up after yourself and others and that aspect led to me cleaning trails on my own. Keeping our local trails and rivers clean is important to me because as our outdoor community grows, so does the damage to Mother Nature. Keeping the trails aesthetically pleasing to hikers, runners and bikers keeps the use of the trail a constant. The same follows for the river. I also believe in giving back to the trail including picking up trash, maintenance and Trail Magic. Spreading the word of LNT encourages others to follow the important principles of conserving the outdoors. I hope my children’s children are able to one day enjoy the outdoors as I am able to today and that is possible if we continue to use Leave No Trace principles. ” -Meegana Henry