After generations of making our mark on this planet, in both good and bad ways, we’re finally warming up to the idea of making less of one...or better yet, none at all.
“take only photographs, leave only footprints”.
It might even be the mantra you recite to yourself as you decide what to do with that chewing gum in your mouth, or when you’re sorely tempted to take that conch shell home to display on your mantel.
Tip #2 Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Image by Steve Walasavage
You might already be planning out your travels for this year, and knowing you, we’re betting those plans include some type of outdoor exploration.
Rule #6 Respect wildlife. Yes, these bears are cute but keep your distance. Image by Steve Winter Photography
The Ocean Cleanup is a project centered around a brand new technology, invented by young Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat. It uses the same natural currents that consolidate garbage into large patches to find and collect the debris, where it's later picked up by barges and recycled. This technology could greatly reduce the amount of pollution that eventually breaks down into microplastics, which have harmful effects that cascade up the food chain.
For Americans who have set intentions and personal goals around reducing impact—by buying eco-friendly products or cutting energy use—the news of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement may be disappointing. But this change has actually inspired many powerful entities to kick their current planet-cleaning efforts into high gear. The trajectory doesn't have to change simply because of a formality. The movement starts with everyday people: buyers and consumers.