« Our goal is not to stigmatize or judge but to encourage, debate and support the sports community to move forward and collaborate about the future of outdoor sports as a tool for environmental education. »
Under simple proposals, WildinisM provides a continuous improvement program of "7 STEPS" to Nature. This program is build for the organizers but can aslo inspire practitionners, the various associations and outdoor federations.
The Steps To Nature Program, free service, is open to all organisations, whatever their initial commitment, who have a desire to improve these aspects of their organisation and event.
Promote the natural environment in which the event takes place, invite associations and local actors, respect the fauna, flora and inhabitants in correlation with the season and the environment.
Inform and train staff & volunteers to be ambassadors of eco-responsibility.
Dedicated page with recommendations to participants and actions implemented on its website + regular post on its social networks.
Support for 1 tree planted per runner finisher? Reforesting forests with the sweat of the participants could be a strong message
To set up actions to reduce CO2 emissions related to the "nature" event.
- Free support for public transport
- Rewards to encourage participants to use public transport
- Reserved car-pool or electric parking, bike park
- Gifts for runners/podium made "not too far" and consumable or sustainable / or no Gift at all.
Stop use of disposable plastic utensils and prioritise reusable, compostable or recyclable products for your event.
Marketing materials, jerry cans, plates, bowls, cutlery, sorting bins, water ramps, dry toilets ... all these products exist in recyclable / reusable versions and are therefore to be favoured and possibly shared between events.
Minimize as much as possible the wastes associated with the "nature" event.
- Organise cleaning teams for before and after the race
- “Plogging Challenge”: to go jogging while collecting rubbish
- Recycling bins
- And above all: raising participants' awareness to continue and make these habits in day to day life!
- Encouraging the bartering and resale of used equipment and the recycling of used clothing and shoes
Avoid packaging if possible, recycling bins at aid stations…
Go back to the fundamentals of outdoor sports, namely to be responsible for its itinerary using a map, a road book and / or the use of a GPS.
That there is no longer any markup on all the tests is simply utopian in the short term, but without the followers of the Trail and other outdoor sports become all confirmed counselors, it is said that sensitize practitioners to BABA (like any hiker) and why not leave blank "appropriate" portions could make sense.
The responsibility of the itinerary (in case) for everyone would be a guarantee of SAFETY for both runners and organizers whose ultimate dream prepared for long months remains vulnerable, at the mercy of the slightest misstep, intentional or not .
If this is not the case (especially short races, large number of runners ...) reusable markings in pre-cut material should be favoured over plastic
More autonomy by reducing aid stations and / or prohibiting outside assistance would be positive for both the environment and the "adventure" aspect of the participants.
Equally, public transport to be favoured for spectators, journalists and possible assistants ... To use drones rather than helicopters for taking pictures, mountain bikers or runners rather than motorcycles or quads to open the course
To support the local economy and thus reduce the carbon impact of the event.
And in particular to end these thousands of gifts come from the other end of the world which does not correspond to any real need other than "to justify" the price of the inscription and to flatter the ego of the participants.
Because "we are what we eat", a healthy food that respects the environment is part of a global approach for nature sports practitioners.
A reduction in the consumption of beef or even palm oil for example would be beneficial for natural balances.
How does it work ?
Each event completes its online annual tracking sheet live which lists its step by step actions, future projects and specific constraints.
Many concrete examples are also given on a suggestion box, enriched by the feed back of the organizations and available for everyone, to share their experience and enjoy the tips and tricks of the community.
The events who actively take part in this approach will benefit from partner offers and increased communication through the WildinisM network, thus facilitating their development and their commitment. The ITRA will also communicate to its members, those who joined the Steps To Nature Program and became WildinisT...