How to Minimize the Use of Single-Use Items in Your Daily Life

Posted by ANNIE NGUYEN

How to Minimize the Use of Single-Use Items in Your Daily Life

Going out to wild places to pick up trash is an amazing way to help lower our human impact on this planet. Collectively, this action does make a difference. Most of us who care about littering also probably do common environmental actions such as recycle properly, turn off the faucet when brushing our teeth, and turn off lights when we leave a room. Still, I know there are more actions that can be done. A few years ago, the videos of plastic islands the size of Texas terrified and saddened me. Think about it: plastic is everywhere in our lives...

A Resolution on Garbage

Posted by BROOKE EWING

A Resolution on Garbage

Not to be confused with a garbage resolution, because this is anything but. For me, the New Year's resolution usually becomes an almost concrete, albeit subconscious, resolve to do exactly the opposite. Trying to better myself through goals and deadlines essentially turns into a desperate battle to maintain status quo and not get any worse. What brought me out of my anti-self-betterment shell this year was a video on my Facebook feed about a garbage mass floating in the ocean that can, at times, be the size of Australia. Australia. The country that is also its own continent. A garbage...

The Shutter Balance

Posted by MIKAELA RULAND

The Shutter Balance

To try to capture a moment on camera, or to put it away and really be present in the moment? That’s a question I have to ask myself every time I’m faced with something beautiful. As a photographer, the urge to document everything is strong. When I experience a new place, I often get caught up in the click, click, click of the shutter. Social media has made that even worse. The joke “pics or it didn’t happen” can seem all too real when you’re juggling a DSLR, Snapchat and Instagram stories. What started out as an opportunity to experience...

Why Keep Nature Wild Doesn't Geotag

Posted by MIKAELA RULAND

Why Keep Nature Wild Doesn't Geotag

It’s become so easy to explore the great outdoors in recent years with apps like Instagram giving us access to, what used to be the great unknown, at our fingertips. So many of my hikes and trips start with a picture I see while scrolling through my feed. However, geotagging has also created an influx of visitors to many beautiful areas. If you’ve ever tried to photograph somewhere like Delicate Arch or Lake Louise, you know just how crazy some of these spots can get. I was torn on the geotagging debate until I stumbled upon an incredibly special place...

A Beginners Guide to Trail Running

Posted by KRYSTLE MILLER

A Beginners Guide to Trail Running

There might be 1,000 reasons why you want to start trail running, which is awesome but you just don’t know where to start. If you’re one of those people, you’ve come to the right place. If the thought of trail running has seemed overwhelming or scary, let's get rid of those presumptions right now! Now, I’m not a super hardcore trail runner, I trail run because I like to be outdoors and I love the feeling of completing a run. Also saying I trail run makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. So whatever reasons you have that...

Beyond the Trail

Posted by AMY GRAVLEE

Beyond the Trail

The contrast of litter is stark against the beautiful backdrop of nature. The wrongness of it is obvious. Yet, many times we move through the rest of our lives somewhat oblivious to the impact our lifestyles have on the environment. Our actions can influence change, in ourselves and others. With each piece of trash we remove from the wild, we create a ripple that over time expands and grows beyond ourselves. Environmental protection comes from individual actions. Influencing Others on the Trail Often times we overlook the effect our actions have on the people around us. Talk can be cheap....

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