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H E A D L I N E S
A grassroots environmental
group creates a campaign to
urge Congress to step up and
save the National Environmental Policy Act from Trump's
On June 4, citing the need to
boost the economy during the
pandemic, President Trump
signed an executive order to
waive the environmental review process mandated by the
National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA). Signed into law
by Richard Nixon in 1970,
NEPA was created as a sort
of umbrella protection policy
for the environment. Under
NEPA, businesses and agencies are required to examine
the environmental impacts of
their proposed actions and
consider alternatives. It can
be a lengthy process, but it
ensures the environment and
tionately people of color-are
taken into consideration before a project happens.
"Gutting NEPA takes away
one of the few tools communities of color have to protect
themselves and make their
voices heard on federal decisions impacting them. NEPA is
a public health law, as well as an
environmental law," says Rep.
Raul M. Grijalva (D-Arizona).
The Winter Wildlands Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy
organization, is asking people
to rally support for NEPA in
Congress via a social media
campaign. WWA has created a
toolkit (available here) with images, hashtags, and suggested
wording anyone can use to
post their support of NEPA.
WWA also offers a primer
on NEPA and why we need
its environmental safeguards
now more than ever.
A SECOND LIFE FOR APPAREL
With its new consignment partnership, Toad&Co encourages
Toad&Co has become the first outdoor brand to announce a
partnership with online consignment and thrift store thredUP.
The program is designed to encourage customers to extend the
life and use of their clothing and minimize filling landfills.
"Here at Toad&Co, we are big fans of keeping usable materials and products out of the landfill. Some of the partnerships
we already have in place, such as the Renewal Workshop and
our LimeLoop reusable shippers, paved the way to a more circular business model," notes Gordon Seabury, Toad&Co CEO.
With the new Toad&Co x thredUP Clean Out Kit, customers
can fill any box with clothing from any brand and mail it in using a downloadable shipping label.
The customer will then receive a
Toad&Co shopping credit so they
can turn their gently used clothes
into new duds.
Seabury continues, "Partnering
with thredUP is a powerful next
step in giving customers an easy
way to resell the clothing in their
closet they have grown tired of
while keeping their footprint low."
8 THE WEEKLY
BACK TO CAMP (SORT OF)
Summer camps and other adventure programs are doing what
they can to abide by state and local regulations while starting to
offer limited programming for kids.
It was a rough stint for many working parents when schools
across the country closed their doors in March and kids had to
stay home. Fortunately, some summer camps and other adventure organizations are offering alternative remote programming while slowly getting in-person programming going again
as more information about safe practices during the pandemic
comes to light. However, that is not the case everywhere.
In Boulder, Colorado, Avid4 Adventure is running its Valmont
Bike Park camps for second through 11th graders in a mostly
normal way because groups are already small, and there is no
need to transport campers in enclosed vans. Changes include
more stringent health screening for staff and campers, as well as
heightened attention to personal hygiene on-site.
"As a business, we will only be able to realize about 20 to 25%
of our originally budgeted revenue," says Paul Dryer, Avid4 Adventure's chief empowerment officer. "Valmont is the only 'normal' camp we are running. We were able to spin up two alternative in-person day camps-Small Group Adventures and Camp
at Home. Both of those programs started last week. We are also
running an online day camp. We canceled all weeks of our resident camps. However, we are still planning to run our five-night
overnight Expedition camps; those will start June 28."
The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is resuming
32 field expeditions starting July 1 out of its Lander, Wyoming,
location. That's about 12% of its normal summer operations,
which typically hover at around 285 courses.
"We are focusing on backpacking and wilderness horsepacking skills," says Sandy Chio, marketing and admissions director
for NOLS. "From a risk-management perspective, we reviewed a
number of our more popular skills (including climbing and rafting) and decided to start with skills that more naturally allowed
for physical distancing and other COVID-19 best practices per
Some camps are choosing not to open at all. Seth Johnson, executive director of Camps Newfound-Owatonna in Maine, says,
"The requirements by the state of Maine CDC are quite strict,
and we felt those requirements would have too big an impact
on the camp experience we like to provide. In fact, due to the
restrictions, most camps in Maine are closed this summer. We're
looking forward to next summer."
NOLS is running into some similar state-level restrictions,
which is why it will not be running any expeditions in Alaska at
this point. -C.M.
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