Climate change is happening and we are worried for us and our future generations. Glaciers are melting, the earth is getting warmer day by day and the Carbon Dioxide levels in the air is higher than it has ever been. The people of the world are calling for action from their respective governments, but no proper action is being taken by them. At a time of crisis like this, we should take it in our hands to reduce waste production, especially plastic. As trekkers, we must ensure that mother nature is free from all the unwanted dirt and is kept clean. For the sake of this, here are a few ways through which we can reduce waste.
Learn To Reduce Waste At Home
Living in urban settings, we have forgotten to take care of the environment. We are too lazy to segregate our waste into Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable and are way too dependent on the Municipal Corporation for that. We should be more responsible. All learning starts at home, so the practice of being responsible for the environment also should start from home. It is high time we teach our children to go green and for that we need to become an example for them. If you inculcate this green habit in your daily life, you will act responsibly while trekking also.
Avoid Carrying Food Packed In Plastic
While on treks, we are advised to eat less, but more often. This is because the body needs that much energy to keep pushing limits. Hence we tend to pack varieties of food like, energy bars, chocolates, dried fruits, nuts, etc. But most of these items come in plastic packaging and this is how they are sold. When you’re going on a trek, dispose of the plastic cover and put it in the segregated trash can for “Non-Biodegradable waste,” then put the food in tiffin boxes and carry them. Read the article “Why Do We Want You To Carry Tiffin Boxes On Treks” to understand better.
Bring Back Your Trash
It is impossible that you go on a trek and waste is not produced. You carry so many things with you to use and chances are you end up having things with you that you don’t need anymore. Sometimes we have no other option and we carry stuff packed in plastic. You know what? It’s okay! We can produce waste, it’s only normal to do so, but do not litter! Make sure you have packed all your plastic waste so that you can bring it back home with you. Once you’re home, you can segregate the waste and dispose it properly. It’s not that difficult, now is it?
Carry Reusable Bags Or Containers
Tiffin boxes, paper/cloth bags, etc are a few of these reusable items that can be used to carry various things. If you have waste, gifts of nature like fruits, shells, or anything you want to bring back home with you, these reusable carriers are the best option for you if you care about the environment. Say no to plastic and you’ll see how much of a difference you are making. An average Indian is believed to produce approximately 2 kgs of waste per day, most of which is hazardous to the environment! Can you imagine how much of a difference just one person’s positive change in habits can bring about?
Clean Up If You See Waste
Another wrong thing that we do is ignore the wrong that is not done by us. When it comes to trekking, it is possible that you did not litter, but just that, doesn’t really make you a responsible trekker! If you see waste thrown around you already, make sure you clean up! Forget who made the mess, be responsible towards the welfare of this planet and clear the mess. Project Green, an initiative by Get Beyond Limits does just that! We go on treks, enjoy, clean up the place and do our best to save the planet.
Educate Locals If Necessary
Sometimes the locals are the ones littering and when you go on treks, you tend to be disappointed by the degrading status of the place you’re visiting. A responsible trekker ensures that he/she educates the locals on the repercussions of littering and makes them understand the importance of going green. Through Project Green, we’ve seen that over the years, when the locals see us cleaning up an area, they tend to learn and join us. This is an experience we would like you to experience as well. This makes us connect with nature and the locals at the same time. Making the world a better place to live was never this fun!
We aren’t perennial beings, but our life expectancy used to be a hundred years. Look at us now. Due to all the pollution and toxic fumes in the air, our life expectancy has come down to seventy-nine years. We are endangering so many species and the scariest part of all this is that we’re endangering ourselves. I’m not asking you to drastically change your lifestyle, but what I’m asking you to do is, at least take baby steps. If you’re a trekker, be a responsible one and reduce waste. Be respectful towards the environment and it will be respectful towards you.