Last week we brought you a post with tons of information about Osprey partner Rios Libres, an organization that’s fighting hard against proposed damming on Patagonia’s pristine and incredibly powerful rivers. If you haven’t already gone ahead and signed the Rios Libres petition against HidroAysen’s proposal to dam the Baker and Pascua here, don’t feel bad, we’ve got another opportunity for you to take action, and it’s pretty awesome in and of itself.
Launching today, Thursday, June 21st — and running through Tuesday, July 3rd is the Rios Libres Petition Contest, in which you can help keep Patagonia Wild and win prizes at the same time! To TAKE ACTION, and be entered for a chance to win an Osprey Atmos or Aura backpack, all you have to do is go here to sign the petition, and then be sure to SHARE it on Facebook or Twitter.
Want more background info? Here’s the scoop on the proposed dam project:
Last year, Chilean officials gave the green light to the HidroAysén project, which would build five mega-dams on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers. Now, one of the two corporations behind HidroAysén has suspended progress on the project indefinitely. Urge Chilean President Piñera to show environmental leadership at the upcoming Earth Summit by overturning the approval of HidroAysén and saving Patagonia from destruction.
Your willingness to sign the petition in solidarity with the 72% of Chileans who are against damming Patagonia could help save these wild rivers so TAKE ACTION now! And keep in mind, your participation could just win you your very own Osprey pack, as well!
PHOTO Via: Rios Libres
Few landscapes remain as pristine as Patagonia, home to some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet. Between the striking Andes mountains, the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and the roaring rivers that wend through the region, Patagonia is a veritable wonderland — a showcase of natural bounty.
Unfortunately, in places where natural wonders abound, humans often find ways to harness the energy behind it all; in the case of Patagonia, its rivers are being eyed — and could be exploited — for their power, literally.
Among the many organizations Pedaling Change in our world, 88bikes is one of our favorites. The organization, founded in 2006, operates to attain one goal: “To provide a sustainable, joyful empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, in situations where these children have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease, or other regional hardships.”
88bikes has personally — done in-person by the founders — delivered over two thousand bikes to thousands of children around the globe, and continues to do so. The organization’s recently launched project, called Project Asha, will take place this summer, and will see to it that several hundred bikes make their way to girls who have been victims of human trafficking.
America has 200,000 miles of trails that, as the American Hiking Society puts it, “allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails take us to good physical and mental health by providing us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses.” We couldn’t have said it better.
Of course, these expansive trails come at the cost of a lot of hard work on the parts of the people who help organize for, plan around and essentially build the trails we use on a regular basis. As such, it’s only appropriate that we take time out of our busy lives to appreciate not only the trails themselves but also the work that goes into their very existence. National Trails Day — held every year on the first Saturday of June — is one such time when everyone can come together to celebrate trails through a wide range of events including “hiking, dog walking, bike riding, trail maintenance, birding, wildlife photography, geocaching, paddle trips, trail running, trail dedications, health-focused programs, and children’s activities,” among others. Pioneered by the American Hiking Society and its outstanding volunteers, National Trails Day boasts events in all 50 states —and you can easily find an event in your area here.
Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to have banned plastic bags. Over the next 16 months, plastic bags will be phased out of approximately 7,500 grocery stores — at which point shoppers will have to bring reusable bags or purchase paper ones for 10 cents each. According to the L.A. Times, “clean water advocates” estimate that California residents use 12 billion plastic bags per year, and only recycle about 5 percent of those. Despite the facts, some L.A. residents are perturbed by the fact that in less than two years, plastic bags simply won’t be an option at their stores. As one shopper stated in the L.A. Times article, “I wish we could use plastics bags,” she said. “I wish they could bring them back. I get it’s better for the environment, but it’s a lot to remember — bringing a reusable bag — especially if you’re in a rush.”
Many people — especially environmental advocates and those who understand the true impact plastic bags have on the environment — feel strongly that humans should be responsible enough to bring their own bag for the sake of the planet. For those of us who simply love to play outside, it’s becoming increasingly harder to take a hike, paddle a kayak or ride your bike in the wilderness and not see a plastic Ziploc or grocery store bag somewhere along the way.
Without fail — year after year — American Rivers teams up with grassroots conservationists to create the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report. Each year, this report serves as a trusted resource that outlines the nation’s ten most at-risk rivers; the threat being posed to said rivers; and what needs to be done to save the precious waters in each case. As American Rivers puts it:
“The report highlights ten rivers whose fate will be decided in the coming year, and encourages decision-makers to do the right thing for the rivers and the communities they support. It presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river.”
From its early days exploring the peaks of the Front Range to its insightful work to protect Rocky Mountain National Park, to the countless first ascents by members all over the world, the Colorado Mountain Club and its members are leaders in exploration, adventure, education and conservation. In its 100th year, the organization continues with its many strong traditions and is poised to become a more dynamic organization for the enjoyment of all who love Colorado’s mountains.
You like clean water, right? Of course you do. In the US, most of us are incredibly lucky to have clean water filling our cup from the tap, streaming from our shower head and filling our toilet bowl — not to mention our favorite waterways, lakes and swimming holes where we spend or summers diving and splashing. Well, now it’s time to voice your support of clean water…
“Alaska truly represents the Great Wild of America. For too long we have been swayed by scare tactics and misinformation regarding the preservation of areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Tongass National Forest… I cannot stand by and allow Alaska’s treasures to be exploited for reasons that ultimately hurt, rather than help our country.” — Osprey Packs’ marketing director Gareth Martins.
via our friend Ron Hunter at Patagonia:
In the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson upon signing the Wilderness Act of 1964: “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.“…
Right now, USFWS is seeking your input on this plan for the Arctic Refuge that, for the first time, includes this Wilderness recommendation.
If Americans speak with a loud and united voice, we can send a strong message that USFWS can’t ignore. Please speak up for the Arctic Refuge by signing a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar asking him to protect the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness.
For more information: www.alaskawild.org
PHOTO via Ron Hunter, Patagonia
The Colorado River. The American Nile. Anyone who has ever rafted the Grand Canyon knows how immense, powerful and beautiful this river is. It’s power and size make it hard to believe that today, the Colorado River no longer reaches the sea because of upstream diversions and dams.
Take Action Here.