Leave No Trace


The environment come in all forms and sizes. This concept was made very clear to me on a Saturday and a Sunday this semester. A few weekends ago I unknowingly embarked on a new unwanted journey. I signed up for a rock climbing class last spring and was under the impression that it would be indoor rock climbing or at the ropes course rock wall on the trails behind West Lot. So any one could imagine my surprise when I arrived to the class and the instructor was going on about equipment and the trail we would be climbing on. Once I heard everything, it was obvious to me that this climb would be on the side of a mountain. While slightly panicking inside, I decided not to withdraw from the class since it was only two days a week and seemed like an easy A.

While taking this class, I learned much more than needing to carefully read course descriptions. I also learned a new protocol called “leave no trace.” The purpose of this is mainly for people that go camping, biking, hiking, jogging, rock climbing and other outdoor activities that have to deal with being in the natural environment. Once I fully understood the 7-step protocol, I came to the realization that if the amount of people that spent time outdoors followed these simple rules, it would keep these beautiful ecosystems thriving as if the people were never there.

The steps are very staring forward. They are Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors. These can be applied to our day to day activity which could possibly decrease how our activities effects the natural environment. The only thing is that we would have to get everyone on the band wagon. Yet in reality it’s a minor change to normal life not extremely major. But of course the choice is up to us as a county, as a united world in general, and as a united front against environmental harm.

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Jordan is a senior at New England College studying environmental studies and sustainability. She is involved in residential life, and writes articles for The New Englander about environmental problems occuring on campus and in the world.
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Tona Hamon

Probably for the same reason that people post pictures of what they did and where they went on social media.