Sport as an environmental education tool ...
Under simple proposals, WildinisM provides a continuous improvement program of "7 STEPS" to Nature. This program is for the practitioners, the organizers, 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.
To promote the natural environment in which the event takes place, to invite local associations and actors, to respect the fauna, flora and the inhabitants in correlation with the season and the environment...
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
- Carbon compensation: involves offsetting CO2 emissions
- by funding projects for the reduction of other emissions or carbon sequestration.
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, to think about its itinerary and to orient yourself by map tracking, road book and / or thanks to new GPS technologies.
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.
Because "we are what we eat", a healthy food that respects the environment is part of a global approach for nature sports practitioners.
Reduce consumption of products containing eg. palm oil or meat (especially beef!) would also be a step forward for Nature.
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. And in return, if necessary, the organization receives suggestions for improvements.
Many concrete examples are also given on a suggestion box 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...