Upventur 2017 best of: Environmental Activism

 

As an outdoor company, we care a lot about the environment, and our business is directly tied to it, we, like all other members of the OIA, depend on the outdoors. This year there were many programs, philanthropic endeavors, and acts of environmental activism that inspired us to be better to this planet. All of them, in one way or another, have helped the environment tremendously. Let us know in the comments below who inspired you this year. 

 

Give a shot

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Peak Design, makers of camera accessories, decided that donating money to a cause was not doing enough, which is why they chose to do more. With the Give A Shot program, they linked up photographers and videographers with non-profit organizations that needed help spreading the message. For those who want to help but can’t take time off from work, Give a Shot encourages photographers to donate previous works. For now, the program only works with non-profits associated with The Conservation Alliance and 1% for the Planet, but they do plan on expanding.

 

1% for the planet

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The tenet of this organization asks businesses to donate one percent of their annual sales and asks individual members to donate one percent of their salary. The money goes directly to other non-profits under the 1% for the Planet umbrella. The whole idea is to get people to donate just one percent, and with that make a change in the protection of the outdoors. Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard and founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, Craig Matthews were the original creators of the organization.

 

Leave no trace

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Public lands may be open to everyone, but the Leave No Trace philosophy is to be a good guest and leave the land as it was. Obviously, leaving absolutely no trace is a daunting task, but the organization asks people to mind their manners when outdoors. They have seven principles that they teach to those wanting to leave no trace, and although they may seem obvious it’s important to remember them:

The Seven Principles

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts 
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors