Traces in All the Wrong Places

The past week I explored the East Coast. Canada is a beautiful country, and I love all that I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. I’ve only one complaint: garbage.

It seems that no matter where you go or how far you travel, you can and will find garbage. Pollution is, in my opinion, one of the most consistent and frustrating consequences of human behaviour.

Earth is a pretty spectacular planet that has housed many life forms over the millennia. To be alive and have this pale blue dot in the universe to call home is a privilege. We are incredibly lucky.

Yes, life is busy, but our actions in the day-to-day matter. Making a difference can be as simple as remembering to bring a garbage bag whenever you go outside. I tend to use them to pick up trash I find, because it causes me physical pain to leave garbage on the ground.

If you have never heard of Leave No Trace, they are a set of principles about how to experience the outdoors in a respectful way. Practices that respect other visitors, as well as of the creatures and plants who call the outdoors home. Check out their website if you want to learn more.

Can you imagine a world where Leave No Trace is a part of public education?

Human beings know that our actions have consequences. Nothing exists in a vacuum. What we do matters, so why not create progressive, sustainable change together by starting with ourselves, today.

Here are some documentaries that may or may not help light your fire:

  • Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South
  • Tapped
  • Flow
  • Blue Gold