Environment protection and Climbing

We have only a single earth. Our population is increasing dramatically every year. Even today it is anticipated that the ecosystem is no longer able to compensate the impacts caused by humans. To protect the nature is not a "good-will-action" for us, just for those who are committed to the gooders. Nature protection will turn in the coming decades from the voluntary behavior in a grim struggle for survival of many people in this world. Whether the water level rises and the seas gather to inundate coastal regions, whether the increase in extreme weather conditions destroyes settlements and cause flooding – the human made manipulation of the nature will first destroy the existence of the poorest – and then also menace us here. Heat waves, permanent rain, high water 2002, 2010, the new phenomen of tornados in germany – we also get to feel the consequences of the worldwide climate change, even if the consequences are catched at the moment in form of vote presents or insurance payments. But it won’t stay like this.

 

Overpopulation, climate change – we cannot do anything against it…

You can!

1. Overpopulation

History has shown that in poor societies the absence of state social structures means that the traditional pension plans (child care for their parents) is still present, so that everyone strives to have many children. Only a increasing wealth combined with government regulations can ensure that even in these countries, pension systems are established which guarantees a care independent of the number of children. Our job now is to combat world poverty and so stop the overpopulation. For this purpose, anyone can help by donating to the right organizations.
We donate e.g. regularly at Amnesty International, which defend the applied basic human rights worldwide. Only under these human rights it is possible to reduce global poverty.

We also work with the AVAAZ network to promote, through according petitions one for the nature lasting and people-friendly development. This is quite simple: Register and you get emails sent to major events. Then you can react with two mouse clicks and support the appropriate petition.

2. Climate change

About 2050 we have managed to burn almost all fossil fuels that have accumulated over millions of years of geological time, within only 200 (!) years. This huge and unprecedented use of natural resources has accelerated the moderate natural climate warming that we have since the last ice age anyway, in an manner, that the existence of humanity is at risk. It's not just about the devastating consequences for the western civilization, which would have diverted Gulf Stream (Western Europe would be almost unlivable), but it is also about the question of atmospheric harmful substances. Systematically the air traffic destroys our atmospheric protection layers. Currently, only residents of the southern countries are affected by increased skin cancer rates. The climate effective gases remain partly 200 years and more active so we will feel the maximum impact of tax-free aviation fuel only very much later here.

Only a consistent change to alternative energy sources can save the human race. The faster, the higher are the chances of survival. So anyone can contribute by the choice of their electricity provider, through reduced flight activity and by using less fuel by driving less for example.

We try through the close spatial connection between living and working to avoid car trips. Besides applies the principle: Inside of Halle just by bicycle!

Climbing

Climbing lives from nature and takes place in her for the most part. Therefore we have a particularly strong interest in a healthy environment. Even for us climbers there are many small things that have not only in their sum an impact on nature itself, but may be in her aura an example for other people to behave in an environmentally responsible manner.

Outdoor climbing is only possible with an intact nature. Photo: Kriebethal

Our most important starting point is driving. Make not fool ourselves - most of the climbing activities are involved. Not everyone has a rock in the garden. So it is important to limit the driving activity. This means, to form carpools (also protects the wallet) and to plan the journey time in an appropriate proportion to the climbing time:

Suggestion (I'm not an eco saint, but I try to make it like this):
-    2-4 hours: by bicycle in the boulder gym (or Galgenberg-small climbing crag or buildering in the city), I have bought a three-part crash pad from T-pad that you can carry comfortably on your back even when cycling
-    4-6 hours: 30 min. driving time (close climbing area, like Löbejün, Landsberg)
-    A whole day: max. 1h driving time: Hohburger Mountains, East harz, Nebra
-    Weekend: max. 2,5h driving time (for ex. Elbsandstein, Franken)
-    Long weekend: up to 4h driving time (Tschech Republik, Mayen, Odenwald etc.)
-    1 week: up to 7h journey (Fontainebleau, Val di Mello)
-    Air travel: only at 2 weeks of stay


Bouldering with a bicycle: To the “Brachwitzer Schweiz” it is only a 20 minutes ride.

Requirement for environment friendly behavior is close to home climbing areas and training facilities. Here we (IG climbing and Geoquest) have managed a lot in the past years, with the climbing facilities at the Thuringer Bahnhof as well as Löbejün and Landsberg. On the project Petersberg (only 12 km away) we’re still working. During training, we have very good conditions in our boulder hall. A proper climbing gym is still missing, so it is unfortunately still necessary to drive the 42 km to Leipzig

Environment protection and books

In order to minimize transport distances and to strengthen the regional economic cycles, we print our books exclusively in Germany.

Our main partner is the Druckhaus Dresden.

Our books are manufactured from chlorine-free bleached paper.

Geoquest partner in Halle (Ötzi, Gr. Ulrichstr. 38, Payola, Mittelstr.1) are supplied by bicycle.

We ship our books in recyclable envelopes.

Note: Please separate the outer shell (paper) from the inner padding (PE) and dispose separately.

This article about environmental friendly behavior by climbers should be further expanded.

If you have proposals and suggestions , write me: gerald@geoquest-verlag.de