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Protect Our Planet


For its existence life itself necessitates the use of the resources available on our planet. Every single living organism on Earth inevitably leaves traces of its existence. However, having reached a dominant role on the planet since thousands of years, we humans are responsible for the most dramatic changes of natural ecosystems and we have become the principal, or in many cases the unique, beneficiary of the available resources. 
Therefore, it is our responsibility to act consciously and to minimize our impact on the environment with every possible effort to protect it and to preserve it.

Minimize Your Impact


It is certainly needless to remind to outdoor sport lovers and nature lovers such as the Go Out Project followers, that whenever we are out there it is of fundamental importance to carefully consider our actions and the consequences that those have or will have on the environment.

We are convinced that you too, like us, care about the future of our planet. And for this reason we ask you not only to respect the environment you live in, but also to be an example for the others and contribute as much as possible to diffuse conscious behaviors. Remind to other people, if they don't do that already, to behave respectfully and to always try to minimize their impact on the environment.
 
To minimize our impact we should always keep in mind that we have to leave the least traces possible behind us:
the only traces that you have to leave are your footsteps




  • Do not leave any garbage - Always carry with you a little bag where you can temporarily place all your trash and bring it to the closest garbage bin, where it can be collected and possibly recycled.
  • Do not feed wild animals
  • Do not pick up flowers and plants
  • Avoid loud noises

Reduce Consumption


To go even deeper into the issue of environmental protection we can do more. It is essential to be careful and minimize our direct impact on the environment when we are out there and this undoubtedly helps our planet. However, with many of the choices we make in our everyday lives we can help even more. If we want to reduce the use (or in many cases the waste) of natural resources, we must reduce our consumption as much as possible. So, a few, obvious but important first suggestions are the following:

 Save Energy  Save Water  Reduce Waste
  • Don't use your car unless it's really necessary - Use as much as possible your legs for short trips: walk or ride a bike
  • Reduce the use of air conditioning and heating - Always keep a moderate temperature difference between inside and outside
  • Turn off all the electric devices that you are not using - Do not leave them in standby, but switch them off completely!
  • Use always water with thrift - Water is precious don't waste it!
  • Use reusable food containers - Lunch boxes, snack boxes, etc.
  • Use reusable bottles - Otherwise always recycle drink bottles and cans
  • Use reusable shopping bags - Always carry them with you when you go shopping

But that's not it. We can do even more to help the environment.

To realize how important our daily choices are, consider this: the amount of resources used to produce and distribute new goods (from a pair of shoes to a computer or a car) is far greater than that we use on average for our daily needs and this is true even considering a moderately wealthy lifestyle.
For example, for the entire production of a single pair of shoes or a single jacket from raw material to distribution, about 140 megajoules, or about 40 kWh are used (at least according to reports footprint chronicles of Patagonia). To use the same amount of energy at home we must keep a 18W bulb constantly on (24 hours a day) for about 3 months or the fridge for about a month!

In addition, in the constant search for cheaper raw materials and cheaper labor, companies nowadays prefer to transport materials and products for tens of thousands of kilometers rather than using what they have available around the corner. This, of course, has a high cost for the environment, not only in terms of waste of resources (i.e. fuel consumed), but also and especially in terms of pollution (e.g. CO2 produced). This sort of trail left by each product on the environment is referred to as its carbon footprint. To produce and distribute a single pair of shoes, for example, about 30 kg of CO2 are generated (again according to footprint chronicles of Patagonia). The same carbon footprint left by a BMW 530i (3000 cm3 gasoline engine) after a 150 km trip!

In total contrast to the consumeristic vision of our modern society, in which wealth is measured on the basis of indices of economic growth only, in order to preserve as much as possible the resources of our planet and to protect it, these few simple tips are extremely valuable:

  • Buy less
  • Repair as much as you can
  • Rediscover things that you no longer use
  • Recycle everything that is no longer usable
 
And the Earth says thank you!