It’s no secret; at HØWL we love to explore. Whether it’s Wendover Woods, the Peak District or the Amazon Rainforest, there’s no place we feel more at home than in foreign surroundings. To experience the varying landscapes, terrains, wildlife and cultures is one of our great joys in life. But hell, I’m not speaking alone here; the world is full of enthusiastic adventurers investing their time fulfilling shared passions everywhere from Cambodia to Argentina, and I love that!
The question is; as a collective, are we embracing or exploiting the natural wonders that this world provides?
Earlier this week a video surfaced on the Internet that reminded me of those who abuse our ability to explore. You may have seen it, a turtle struggling to breathe as the result of having a plastic straw stuck up its nose;
Whilst I don’t know the backstory to the video (and hats off to those who helped the little chap) but it made me think about a wider problem.
In 1997, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that approximately 6.4 million tons of litter entered the ocean each year, in 2010 that figure rose to 8 million. In total there are at least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, so what does that mean for marine wildlife...
Over 1,000,000 birds and a further 100,000 marine mammals die each year as a result of littering.
In 2012 a 4.5 tonne, 32.8 feet sperm whale died off the coast of Southern Spain with over 17kg worth of plastic blocking it’s stomach.
There are said to be over 700 species of marine wildlife that have ingested plastic from the Ocean with dire consequences.
I’m not going to sit here and play the blame game – there are plenty of people out there who have done that for me – but with such worrying statistics, it’s obvious that something needs to be done.
We’re fortunate to be able to explore this world with relative ease; if we want to go somewhere, in most cases we’re able to. HØWL will always be advocates of packing your back and heading for the wilderness but it's essential that we acknowledge our duty to maintain a high level of respect and responsibility for our surroundings.
For more information and to find out what you can do to help check out the follow: