What can a mountain biker do to help our planet? It’s a difficult question with uncomfortable answers, but an easy one is #DitchDisposables
Rémy Métailler has produced a video asking ‘What can a mountain biker do to help our planet?’. It’s a bit of a sponsor heavy logo close-up affair, but the message is no less valid: he’s asking us to ‘ditch disposables’.
The video is supported by Camelbak, who – as a maker of portable reusable cups – certainly has skin in the game when it comes to inviting people to buy a nice reusable receptacle to carry around with them. But again, someone has to make them, and they’re better than the styrofoam throwaway options. Hey, even we sell a Singletrack bamboo cup (hint, hint).
Continuing the cynicism, a few cups aren’t going to change the planet, but as Rémy notes, we should all do what we can, and all the little actions add up.
He freely admits that he has a great time travelling the world, but that that comes at a cost to the planet. Should he stop doing what he loves, and what earns his living? Indeed, I have a partner that lives in the USA – should I ditch him on the grounds of environmental impact? We can all ask ourselves a few uncomfortable questions, and come back with a few uncomfortable answers.
What Rémy is saying, is that we should do what we can to help our planet. Ask those questions, make better choices. Some choices are easy – there’s practically no effort in buying a cup. There’s no discomfort in using a reusable fork, or bag. Other choices, like getting out the car and riding to work, take a little more effort and often a little more discomfort. But the easier those choices are to see, the easier it is to make them. That’s why I was so pleased to see one of Rémy’s other sponsors, Cube, introducing a cargo bike for next year. Seeing that in your local bike shop makes it a whole lot easier to choose.
Mountain biking isn’t especially environmentally friendly, but it does give us an appreciation for our surroundings. there are many things that a mountain biker can do to help our planet – most of them are things that every human can do. The question is, what choices will you make?
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