There was a moment during the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated environment speech when something quite unexpected happened. For the majority of the 25 minutes, Theresa May attempted to communicate the contents and commitments of the 151-page Environment Plan (PDF, 11MB). Emphasis was given to the recent progress in banning microbeads as well as the nine billion fewer plastic bags used following the introduction of the 5p charge in retail outlets across the UK. Yet, what stood out was not so much the bedazzling spread of content. Instead, it was a rare admission.Seeming to go momentarily off script, May described how commonly today ‘we look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past,’ citing the historical dumping of toxic chemical into rivers. ‘In years to come,’ she added, ‘I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.’The PM could easily have been talking … [Read more...] about Does the UK government’s 25-Year Environment Plan go far enough? Featured
There was a moment during the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated environment speech when something quite unexpected happened. For the majority of the 25 minutes, Theresa May attempted to communicate the contents and commitments of the 151-page Environment Plan (PDF, 11MB). Emphasis was given to the recent progress in banning microbeads as well as the nine billion fewer plastic bags used following the introduction of the 5p charge in retail outlets across the UK. Yet, what stood out was not so much the bedazzling spread of content. Instead, it was a rare admission.Seeming to go momentarily off script, May described how commonly today ‘we look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past,’ citing the historical dumping of toxic chemical into rivers. ‘In years to come,’ she added, ‘I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.’The PM could easily have been talking … [Read more...] about Does the UK government’s 25-Year Environment Plan go far enough?
As Earth Day approaches on Saturday, April 22, 2017, JetBlue is soliciting your opinion as to where to “plant our next park” — in other words, build its next green space for the environment — and there is a choice of four cities in the United States as finalists:San Francisco, CaliforniaFort Lauderdale, FloridaWashington, District of ColumbiaSan Juan, Puerto RicoAll you need to do is register to participate in the JetBlue One Thing That’s Green Sweepstakes by Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time by filling out the entry form and casting your vote; and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a prize.Ten winners will each receive one JetBlue Vacations Package consisting of round-trip economy class air transportation for the prize winner and one guest between a major gateway airport serviced by JetBlue Airways nearest the residence of the winner and the JetBlue Vacations City … [Read more...] about Your Chance to Win a JetBlue Vacation Package While Simultaneously Helping the Environment
In the conservation world everybody seems to be talking rewilding. The last year has seen publication of 45 academic articles (including two major reviews) and over 200 media articles on the topic.Last November, Geographical ran a rewilding week and in my contribution I argued that it was time to ‘walk the talk’, that if 2015 was to go down in history as the year when a 21st century conservation mind-set took root, then 2016 needed to be a year when rewilding rhetoric was translated into strategies for action.I have not been idle. I teamed up with Frans Schepers, MD of Rewilding Europe and together we opened a dialogue with EC policy makers. We conducted a series of interviews and discussions not only with experts in EC policy and but also with the lead-conservation lobbyists in Brussels. We have published our findings in a policy brief titled Making Space for Rewilding: this presents a set of seven emerging rewilding principles and positions rewilding as a complimentary … [Read more...] about Rewilding needs an enabling policy environment
Both the Australian government and its Prime Minister Tony Abbott have been public critics of international efforts to heed warnings on climate change and to curb global greenhouse emissions – most noticeably by cutting Australia’s domestic carbon tax. But even so, Australia has had a poor year with regards to climate change prevention efforts, according to the 2015 Climate Change Performance Index by NGOs Germanwatch and CAN Europe. Abbott and his compatriots ranked just 60th out of 61 countries on the report, and were joined in the bottom five by Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Canada and Iran.The Index measures five different categories: emissions levels, emissions development, renewable energy, efficiency and policy. For the third year in a row, Denmark was at the top of the rankings, followed by Sweden, the UK, Portugal, and Cyprus.Notably, the top three places in the Index remain empty, highlighting that ‘no country is doing enough to prevent dangerous … [Read more...] about Australia vs the environment
Tourists traveling in May should be aware many Group of 7 (G7) meetings are happening during this month. As Japan wishes to show the very best to its international visiting leaders, some frequented hotels, roads, or tourist attractions will be closed for security reasons in and around meeting dates. The main meeting will be held in Ise-Shima, home of the famous Ise Jingu Shrine. It will be closed during this time as the prime minister himself will guide a group to this important piece of Japanese culture. Meanwhile in Sendai, the city wishes to express its appreciation and gratitude for the G7 members’ recovery assistance after the Great East Japan Earthquake. G7 representatives and press will be staying in the Akiu hot spring resort just outside the city center. Expect it to be in partial lockdown for this high-profile event. Below are the remaining meetings of 2016. Check the official website for details. May 14-15 Education Ministers’ Meeting, Kurashiki City, Okayama … [Read more...] about G7 May Meetings Affect Travel Plans
Welcome to the inaugural Trip Doctor blog, in which I’ll answer your questions about how to pull off any outdoor trip. My name is Michael Lanza and as a field editor for BACKPACKER, I’ve hiked, climbed, backcountry skied, and paddled for years around much of the U.S. and far-flung parts of the world (Iceland, Patagonia, and New Zealand, to name a few). If there’s a place you want to see, odds are, I’ve been there or it’s on my tick list, so I’ve done most of your planning for you. If you have a question about a place you’d like to go, I’d love to hear from you. So, let’s get started. Alex Lanza, 7 (in front), and Nate Lanza, 9, lead their mother down the Grandview Trail. As it happens, I just backpacked 28 miles over four days from Grandview Point to the South Kaibab Trailhead (both on the South Rim) in late March with my wife and our son and daughter, ages nine and seven. It was a wonderful trip for a family and we all had a … [Read more...] about TRIP DOCTOR: How Do I Plan a Family Backpacking Trip to the Grand Canyon?
It’s my last day as an intern here at BACKPACKER and I have a confession to make: I’m a smoker. I’ve hidden this fact from my co-workers because 1) it’s a totally disgusting habit and 2) it’s totally antithetical to the BACKPACKER lifestyle. It’s also ironic that I, as a former collegiate athlete, skier, and runner, participate in an unnecessarily expensive and totally self-destructive activity. I’m close to quitting, down to one per day or less, committed to stopping this summer. I’m choosing to stop because of the aforementioned reasons and because, living in Boulder, I’m much more attuned to living “green.” Also, it’s pretty tough to be active at altitude if you’re destroying your lung capacity. Back in Philadelphia, it was easy for me to throw butts on the ground among the rest of the litter strewn there. When I go to parks out here, I feel guilty dirtying such pristine places (and how annoying to have … [Read more...] about Cigarettes bad for environment; Captain Obvious takes rest of day off
Style Kayaker at Teva Mountain Games 2008 (Tracy Kosinski) "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathan Swift In his book, Film Directing, Shot by Shot, Steven Kats describes a boy lying in the grass looking at toy soldiers. The boy is visualizing his own small movie from as close to their level as he can get and, from his point of view, the action surrounds him. The toy soldiers are no longer miniature; they are life-sized warriors in the heat of battle. This is visualization, and the first skill to develop in filmmaking: the ability to visualize your film before you shoot a single frame. To an extent, we all have the ability to see ahead, but making this vision into a film is another story. We put this practice into play at Serac with each of our adventure film schools. In Hollywood they’ll develop elaborate storyboards and go to great lengths to create amazingly stylized and art-directed sets. For documentary filmmakers, it’s a bit trickier, but the … [Read more...] about Adventure Film 101- Visualization and Chaos: Planning Your Film and Capturing the Moment
howephoto.us Smart backpacking always involves planning, and in winter this becomes doubly important simply because cold temperatures are less forgiving of mistakes than most summer environments (outside of Death Valley, anyway). In fact, winter is an excellent time to get into the habit of good trip planning, and organize your information resources so you can carry those safe habits into summer. So, class, in preparing for your first winter camping trip, here are your assignments. Suggestions in the comments section below get extra credit:Pick your area: Choose a destination you’re familiar with, or at least one where trailhead access is simple and routefinding is straightforward. Stay close in to trailhead, you don’t need to go any farther than required for solitude, quiet, and land management regulations. If you need exercise, you can always explore around camp. If you really want a longer trip that gives you a goal and keeps you busy, plan for no more than half the … [Read more...] about Beginner’s Guide to Winter Camping, Part III: Planning Your First Winter Camp-out