In Wendy Tremayne’s book, The Good Life Lab, she says that modern civilization requires acculturated knowledge that has to be taught or mimicked, but can never be intuited. I never learned it! My grandparents and parents grew up on farms. I was never able to figure out “people” and their “ways”. But, I think natural ways need to be taught, too. People must be taught everything! Perhaps, they can intuit some things about nature once they learn to see and learn to learn! It always amazes me how little common sense people have about nature.
People’s houses in town are full of chemicals and toxic products that they dump down the drain into the aquafier. It would be good if no one used these things and kept their houses clean and free of chemicals and toxins. When you go out camping, or on a picnic in nature, don’t bring those things along!!!
Here’s some ideas:
Don’t even use dish soap. Scrub your dish out with bread! Give it to the dog, if you don’t want it. Scrub pans with used tea bags (tea still in it) or used coffee filters and grounds, then dump it and rinse it out. If you feel it needs more sanitizing, set the pan over a flame briefly.
Don’t ever litter! Not even dental floss, not even Q-tips! Don’t litter cigarette butts! Don’t throw live butts on the ground or in the bushes. Use an ashtray and grind them out. You can burn any paper product in your campfire, including pee toilet paper. Sort your recyclables and take them home. Keep trash separate and clean.
Make sure you dig a proper toilet hole and bury it sufficiently. If you use one of those private toilet tents, keep some cold ashes and dirt in a bucket to cover it after each use. Don’t use the non-compostable synthetic handy-wipes. Use toilet paper. Be sure to fill in the toilet hole completely when you leave. I saw one that people were using. When they left and took down the toilet tent, they left a stinking, unsanitary overflowing hole! Disgusting! They should have their photos posted on the web! The toilet hole must be 100 feet from the flood line of a creek or lake. They put theirs 20 feet from it! The Forest Service won’t even come in and clean up this crap, so do it right!
Don’t use any chemical sprays or herbicides. Minimize your use of bug spray. In some places, when you are going in the water, the authorities request that you use no bug spray or sunscreen beforehand.
Don’t ever dump gasoline or car oil anywhere. Don’t use bleach or dump it. Use biodegradable soap to wash yourself and your hands with (dish soap is unnecessary!).
Also, don’t pick wild-flowers. Don’t cut living trees. Use a campfire only if you need to, and if it is allowed — a lot of places don’t allow them anymore. They are polluting and often use up precious local trees.
Don’t run your car to run a radio or charge up a phone. Get a small solar panel! Just don’t sit there idling your car. If you are cold, or hate it there, then just go home! No one is forcing you to stay. And, sitting in the car, running the engine is dumb anywhere, but especially in the woods, or beach, or anywhere in nature!
Respect that people want a nature that is clean and toxin- free, unlike the towns and cities. Don’t think that nature will just absorb it because of all the “fresh air”. It takes vigilance and commitment to keep the environment clean.