Hiking can actually help us deal with climate change in quite a few ways:
- Create “climate trails”
New hiking trails can be designed to follow waterways and we can build reservoirs and delay water protection systems into the trail designs to create a new kind of “Climate Trails” that can both store, delay and direct the water in better ways than today.
- Create Dyke trails
Hiking trails along the coast and river-lines can be designed to help protect the land against flooding and also work as rescue and repair pathways in a storm-surge or flooding situation
- Create nature parks and recreational areas to protect aquifers
Important aquifers and ground water resources can be stabilized and protected by making nature parks and recreation areas / trails on top of them.
- Adapt outdoor innovation to an urban context / scale
Extreme weather protection gear and resource optimization products from hiking are often off-grid functional, easy to repair and are designed to keep working under extreme conditions… Some of these might be adjusted to be used in an urban context and scale
- Use hikers logic for a change of attitude
Hiking is based on sharing a connected network system, that everybody benefits from (hiking trails) – If we could somehow be inspired by this logic, we might create whole new types of solutions
- Practice simple and Nomadic living techniques
Hikers practice a number of minimalist techniques based on being capable of dealing with constant change and quick movement and adaptions – without stress. These techniques could soon become very important for others than hikers…
- Minimize use of resources
Hiking can become a CO2 reducing habit, walking instead of driving, not buying more than you can carry, strolling to the park or local city center, instead of to the giga-mall or skating ring, buying local farmers produce, finding wild food, being more fit, using machines less and nature more.