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Step It Up Movement

You can make a difference to keep the outdoor environment clean.

You can hike, bike, walk, or kayak with banners of call to action.

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Things to know

  1. Rising temperatures: Global warming has led to an increase in average temperatures worldwide, with more frequent and intense heatwaves occurring in various regions. This can exacerbate droughts, increase the risk of wildfires, and cause heat-related illnesses and deaths.
  2. Melting ice and rising sea levels: The warming climate causes glaciers and polar ice caps to melt, resulting in rising sea levels. This puts coastal communities at risk of flooding, erosion, and saltwater intrusion into freshwater resources.
  3. Extreme weather events: Climate change has been linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, floods, droughts, and storms. These events can lead to widespread damage, loss of life, and economic disruption.
  4. Ocean acidification: The absorption of CO2 by the oceans results in increased acidity, which can harm marine life, especially shell-forming organisms and coral reefs. This, in turn, can disrupt marine ecosystems and affect fisheries and coastal economies.
  5. Ecosystem and biodiversity loss: Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns can alter ecosystems, forcing species to adapt, migrate, or face extinction. The loss of biodiversity can have cascading effects on ecosystem services, such as pollination, water filtration, and climate regulation.
  6. Impacts on human health: Climate change can adversely affect human health by exacerbating air pollution, increasing the spread of vector-borne diseases, and causing heat-related illnesses, malnutrition, and mental health issues.
  7. Socioeconomic impacts: Climate change can result in reduced agricultural productivity, water scarcity, and increased risk of conflict over resources. Disadvantaged and vulnerable populations are often disproportionately affected by these impacts, exacerbating existing inequalities.

 

 

You can convince other people to save the earth.

 

The outdoor environment health is vital for all of nature.

 

 

There is no planet B.

 

 

 

There is no denying our planet is dying.

 

 

 

We need to switch to clean energy asap. Wind, solar, and nuclear are good.

 

 

 

Photo of a polar bear on disappearing ice will be more common if we do nothin.

 

 

 

Carry banners to inform others.

 

I still remember the day I took it upon myself to clean up plastic trash from a beach in California. It was a cause close to my heart, having grown up with a deep love for the ocean and its myriad creatures. The beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that ran for miles along the Pacific Coast, had always been a place of solace for me, a sanctuary where I could listen to the rhythmic crash of the waves and feel the salty breeze on my face.

On that particular morning, armed with a sturdy pair of gloves and a large, reusable burlap sack that could hold up to 50 pounds of debris, I set out determined to make a difference. The sack was about 40 inches tall and 30 inches wide, a sizeable container that I hoped would be sufficient for the task at hand. The sun was just beginning to climb above the horizon, casting a soft, orange hue over the water.

As I walked along the shoreline, the extent of the pollution became painfully apparent. Bits of plastic in every shape and size littered the sand, from tiny microplastics barely visible to the naked eye, to larger items like water bottles and straws. Each piece of trash felt like a blemish on the face of my beloved beach, and with each item I picked up, I felt a mix of sadness and resolve.

I spent hours combing through the sand, the sack growing heavier with every step. I found plastic bags entangled in seaweed, candy wrappers buried near the dunes, and even a discarded fishing net that must have been at least 10 feet wide, its nylon threads frayed and tangled. It was heartbreaking to see the impact of human carelessness on such a pristine environment.

By midday, the sack was full, and I was astounded by the amount of waste one person could collect in just a few hours. My back ached from the bending and lifting, and my hands were sore despite the protection of the gloves, but there was a sense of accomplishment that surged through me. I had set out to do my part, and the tangible results were right there in the bulging sack I dragged behind me.

I disposed of the trash in the proper recycling and waste bins provided at the beach, separating the plastics from the non-recyclables as best as I could.

 

Things to know about climate change:

  • By 2035 it could be irreversible
  • Greenhouse gases on earth are too high
  • Over a million species of wildlife face extinction
  • The oceans are not healthy.
  • Sea level will rise.
  • We need renewable energy asap.
  • It is caused by humans.
  • CO2 levels are too high
  • Wild animals are migrating to find better living conditions.
  • There will be more extreme weather, wildfires, drought, and stress.

 

More info about effects: https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

  • The Earth’s temperature has increased by about 1°C (1.8°F) since the pre-industrial era, and is projected to rise by an additional 1.5-4.5°C (2.7-8.1°F) by the end of the 21st century, depending on the level of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, are the primary cause of climate change by releasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
  • Climate change is causing significant impacts on the environment, including melting ice caps and glaciers, sea level rise, and more frequent and severe weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, and hurricanes.
  • Efforts to mitigate climate change include reducing greenhouse gas emissions through policies and actions such as transitioning to renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable land use practices.

 

 

 

If sea level rises then coastal cities will be underwater.

 

 

 

Q: How does keeping the outdoor environment clean relate to climate change?

A: Picture this – you have a party at your house, and your guests leave without cleaning up. Not cool, right? Now magnify that by a few billion, and you get an idea of what we’re doing to the planet. By keeping our outdoor spaces clean, we reduce pollution, which can help put a brake on this climate change roller coaster we’re on.

Q: How does outdoor recreation contribute to climate change?

A: That SUV you’re using for your weekend hiking trips? It’s spewing out carbon dioxide like it’s going out of fashion. The sheer footprint of getting to your outdoor fun can contribute to greenhouse gases. But don’t worry, your bicycle is sitting in the corner, giving you the stink eye.

Q: How can I enjoy the outdoors and still protect the environment?

A: The mantra is simple – take only pictures, leave only footprints, and steal only time from your busy life. Stick to trails, recycle, pack out what you pack in, and maybe swap out that gas-guzzler for a more eco-friendly vehicle. The planet will give you a big green thumbs up!

Q: Does my one plastic bottle really matter that much?

A: Think of it this way. If every person on Earth thought their one plastic bottle didn’t matter, we’d be buried under a pile of plastic. So yes, your one bottle, like your one vote, does matter. Go team recycling!

Q: How can I get involved in keeping the outdoors clean and fighting climate change?

A: Your couch might miss you, but there are countless clean-up groups and environmental organizations that would love to have you. Volunteer, donate, or just educate yourself on best practices. If all else fails, remember that every piece of trash you pick up makes Mother Nature do a little happy dance.

 

 

 

 

 

We need a change.