Team Sherpa Ultra Running is conducting a series of posts this month to celebrate Earth Day during the entire month of April. These posts also coincide with Streak Earth, a month long running series hosted by Sherpa John: Human Potential.
Over the course of the month of April, we've taken the time to dedicate a few posts on this blog towards the ideals and discussions pertaining to Earth Day. We talked about Leave No Trace Ethics and how we should decide to educate and follow the frameworks. We talked about our decisions to create a Fitter Planet through our decisions as race registrants and participants. In this post, we're going to wrap the month up by talking about how we all can be Enviro-Adventurers or Enviromentally Responsible Adventurers. And then, to cap it all off, I'll glady announce this months contest winner for Steak Earth.
It goes without saying that the earth needs our help. We're consuming our natural resources at a break-neck pace. While some argue the validity of Global Warming claims, trends in our climate are un-avoidable as mother earth continues to unleash her elevated fury. Regardless of what you believe about Global Warming, as an outdoor adventurer, it should be part of your responsibility to help preserve the places we travel. My goal here is not to tell you what to do, but to encourage dialogue, research, and the creation of your very own beliefs about the environment. It is my every hope, that before each adventure you embark on, you'll investigate ways to create less waste, discover how to lower your role as a consumer (gear), and will be mindful of your impact while out on the trail.
I tend to marvel at the number of runners I know who have closets full of shoes. Some they never wear, some they've worn out.. but none the less.. the rate at which runners tend to consume is extremely wasteful. I tend to buy two pairs of shoes for an entire year and... I'm still wearing shoes I've worn for the last 3 or 4 years, even after their true useful life has past. I can't ever see myself being one who fill's my closet with the latest and greatest... but I suppose I'm not one to judge either. In this scenario, I'm simply asking my running friends.. to find a pair of shoes and stick with it. Don't fill your closet, and be mindful of your choices as a consumer.
It's unfortunate that more and more running races are having to make strides towards cleaning up their race. Getting rid of paper cups, gel packets and the other pieces of conveience that tend to make races great simply because a few runners are sloppy with their refuse. I sincerely hope that as you all continue to run this year, you'll continue to be the mindful runners I know and Love and will pack out what you pack in. But beyond this simple plan, continue to understand that you have an obligation to promote the same respect for our environment and races when you speak to new runners.
Be that enviro-adventurer as you continue to move towards your future. Be respectful to both the earth and your fellow adventurers. Be humble in your educating. Be responsible in your consuming and together we can all make a difference.
Streak Earth ResultsCongrats to Julie Caswell of Maine! Julie is the winner of this months competition/raffle. She was one of the more then 23 individuals who ran 2+ miles, 2x a week, picking up trash for a greener earth. Collectively, runners from 13 US states collected around 70 bags of garbage on their running routes. Recycling generated more then $30 in recycled revenue and total cash found topped some $50. This was our most successful streak yet and I thank everyone for participating.
Two 22 Oz. Nathan HPL Handheld Bottles
Nemo & Powerbar Stickers
1 Case of PowerBar PowerGels
Choice of Team Sherpa Headsweats Hat or Visor
One Pair of Earthtec Fleece Socks
Below is a picture of some of her collection: