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Tepee or not tepee. That is the question.

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With the camping season in full swing across the northern hemisphere it is important to remember that we have a shared responsibility to protect and preserve our environment. This means that we have a moral and social duty to minimise our footprint as we enjoy the ‘great outdoors’.


Check out these tips. They apply equally to once-a-year campers and RV enthusiasts.


  1. Pack in, pack out: Otherwise known as ‘leave no trace‘, make sure that you leave nothing behind that may damage flora and fauna and cause harm to wildlife. Dispose of all your trash in a responsible manner and use recycling bins. Do not feed the wildlife with your leftovers. Boy Scouts of America has a great article about the proper disposal of waste.
  2. Get ‘off the grid’: If you’re cruising the countryside in a recreational vehicle, think about harnessing the sun’s rays to provide free energy at your camp site. Solar panels are an environmentally-friendly alternative to gas-guzzling, polluting generators. Check out these solar lighting options as well. Enjoy your surroundings and keep your electronic devices on standby mode to reduce power consumption.
  3. Separate your waste: With many campsites offering recycling facilities you can play your part by flattening cans, boxes and bottles before disposal. You may need to drive to the recycling centre so separate your waste at the campsite.
  4. Do as you would at home: There’s no reason to behave different when camping. Always use reusable dishware, cutlery, bottles and containers. Manage water consumption and always use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products.
  5. Use eco-gear: There are literally thousands of options for eco-camping or glamping gear. Conscious campers will find inspiration
  6. Build a safe campfire: If camp fires are permitted, make sure that your fire is kept under control at all times. We know that food is always tastier when enjoyed around a camp fire but be mindful of your environment. One stray spark can cause total devastation and considerable loss of life to humans and wildlife. Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times and always use designated camp fire pits. Read more tips and guidelines from the Fire Service.


Happy camping!


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Practicing Leave No Trace is a collective effort, meaning that its success or failure at minimizing impacts to nature depends on millions of individuals making responsible choices each time they recreate outdoors. Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own actions outdoors, and hopefully we will each take it upon ourselves to become properly educated in Leave No Trace. However, what do we do when we inevitably encounter those who are engaged in “Less than Leave No Trace” practices in the outdoors? To begin with, perhaps the worst thing we can do is start an angry confrontation. Once someone is angry, the chances of them listening and changing behavior becomes next to nothing.

Read more about Leave No Trace here:


REI to shut all 143 stores and pay employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

Categories: Climate, Energy, Fauna, Flora, Land, Planet, Recommended Reading, Waste, Water, Wildlife, Wildlife
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October 28 2015 – Every year on Black Friday, stores across the United States post deep discounts to encourage consumers to buy more. This year, however, the co-op REI is instead shutting every single one of its 143 stores across the country and paying their staff to go outside. Jeremy Smith Read more.


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This document describes how the Ministry of Natural Resources works to contribute to the Ontario Government’s commitment to reduce the rate of global warming and the impacts associated with climate change. The framework contains strategies and sub-strategies organized according to the need to understand climate change, mitigate the impacts of rapid climate change, and help Ontarians adapt to climate change.

by Climate Change Research Report CCRR-08