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Leave No Trace

Manuel Becker Manuel Becker in News
17.09.2020 · 1 min read
Photo by Manuel Becker

Locationscout teamed up with the environmental non-profit organization "Leave No Trace" to further our commitment to protect nature and sustainability. Talk is cheap and because it has always been an important topic for us, we are now supporting this movement by exposure, financially, and by implementing new features that address this issue.

While we enjoy the natural world, Leave No Trace teaches us how to minimize our impacts. As part of that work, the organization is taking on these and other challenges. Most importantly, they established an easy framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting all these beautiful places around the world.

The 7 Principles

The following principles are easy to use and are based on the latest insights from biologists, land managers, and other leaders in outdoor education.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Please follow the 7 Principles, tell other people about them and leave no trace while enjoying your next trip. You can learn more about the details via https://lnt.org/why/7-principles

There is no Plan(et) B

While a lot of people are complaining about Greta or companies who are using the attention towards environmental sustainability, I am honestly happy that movements like that are pushing all of us forward to care more about nature and to what we can to become better humans. Raising awareness of a problem is the first step towards finding solutions together. That's why we already plan features that help to enjoy all these beautiful places while still protecting them by leaving no trace. Our first step will be a special warning sign for spots that we all need to be especially careful about and how. While I hear the argument a lot to simply not post these places online to protect them, which is something I generally agree to, I feel that these places will be published anyway somewhere and if it's just a photo on Instagram. Therefore it's even more important to teach people how to protect nature and leave no trace because we are all in this together and enjoying nature respectfully doesn't destroy it. Quite the opposite is true because being connected to all these beautiful places strengthens our focus on what we are protecting and why.

If you have suggestions for features that could help with this topic, we are always happy to hear from you down in the comments below or via mail. Your voice and your actions matter, for us and for nature.

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Comments (4)

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Jacek Kawecki
Jacek Kawecki 17.11.2020
Good idea. When you go out in the field, act as if you are not there and do not leave the place in worse condition than you found it - this is my basic motto.
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 18.11.2020
That's an awesome motto!
Dani W.
Dani W. 21.09.2020
An important topic, thanks Manuel. Although it should be obvious that photographers protect their motive. You definitely don‘t want to destroy what you love! While the points about waste and camping on fragile ground should be clear to everyone I think planning is key (can I get there by public transport? Can I walk? Will I make noise early morning or bother people or animals?). This is especially important if we go to sensitive areas like the alps. Guess we should all have a great interest to keep those amazing places in good shape. A good example are drones: Not saying they are bad as such and some of the captures are simply stunning. But if you are in a high alpine area drone sound is the last thing you want to hear during sunset or sunrise and I‘m convinced that the animals don‘t want that either. If the new features make everyone think about the impact they have while shooting, this cooperation will have a great effect. Thank you!
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 18.11.2020
Sorry Dani, I totally missed your feedback on this article. Yeah it's definitely important and I already implemented the first feature that highlights an information on spots that need special attention. Drones are definitely a complicated topic although I had the feeling that the usage already declined a bit after everybody recognized that having to carry that as well + paying for insurance etc. might not be worth it for everybody. Thank you for your feedback and sorry for my very late response! Manuel
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