My Personal Motivation Pt.2

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The second thing that has continued to motivate me to try to live green is the outdoors. I grew up going through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and yes Venturers. I was lucky enough to be involved in highly active troops that spent a lot of time in the great outdoors. We had annual Klondike days where we got to practice our outdoorsmanship. We had large camps and jamborees, which usually was pretty easy light camping in large open fields. Finally we went on camps just as a troop in a little bit more remote locations. The last trip I went on was a 14 day hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. That was a great experience, living with what you could carry on your back. We didn’t carry 14 days worth of food with us, there were frequent food pickups and garbage drop offs every three to four days.

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Philmont Scout Ranch
(I'm second from the left in the front row)

Throughout the years I also participated in tree planting events, built and sold cedar compost bins for fundraising.  Amazingly 15 years later my parents bins are being used in the back yard.

Scouting taught me a lot of things.  The most important of them all being respect for nature.  When we went camping everything around us was treated with respect.  We only took what we needed and never anything more.  We only used dead fall for our fires.  We would only cut a few saplings for bannock or marshmallow sticks and shared them.  We always left the site cleaner than it was when we got there.  If there was garbage on site, it didn’t matter if we brought it or not.  We cleaned it up.

In my lifetime my parents had gone from throwing everything into the garbage to composting and recycling as much as possible.  In fact my parents were heavily involved in both the school and scouting programs.  My mom was heavily involved in the parents committee of recycling program at school.  My dad was a leader with the Scout troop for years, and designed and built the composters that we sold.

That is basically where my interest in being good to the Earth came from.  It was instilled into me when I was young.  Now as I mentioned before, I’m far from perfect, and I do want to strive to be better.  That is what this blog is about, my journey towards living a greener more responsible life.  I just hope that I can help convince a few other people out there to take the journey as well.  I also hope that others will come here and help me learn how to be greener and more responsible.

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