How to Recreate Responsibly
Create Responsibly Edition
Greening production practices are critical for addressing climate change and our carbon footprints. But what about our literal footprints? When we utilize a space to create and share our art or message, we have a shared responsibility to one another, future generations, and the land itself along with its inhabitants.
Know Before You Go
Research and contact the location well in advance. Connect with land managers about permit requirements, weather, and local guidelines.
Plan And Prepare
The outdoors can be high risk with conditions that change quickly. Be ready with the right gear and be aware of drone "no fly zones."
Build An Inclusive Outdoors
Inspire others to see themselves in nature. Showcase diverse backgrounds, abilities, and meanings of the "outdoors."
Minimize impacts to other users. Avoid blocking trails, and give space to people recreating or working.
Leave No Trace
Respect the land, water, wildlife, and Native and local communities. Avoid sensitive habitats. Showcase responsible use.
Make it Better
Inspire others to respect and nurture our outdoor spaces. Depict responsible recreation in action - and behind the scenes.
Access the full Create Responsibly Edition communications toolkit here.
Understanding creating responsibly outdoors...
Creators are responsible to the outdoors. The purpose of anything we put out should lead back to building social and environmental responsibility and equity across platforms.
when “in” water
swimming, paddleboarding, rope-swings etc.
when “on” water
rafting, kayaking, human & motor-powered boating/fishing
when “around” water
Shoreline and other activities near water: hiking, climbing, picnicking
Check out these resources to help keep ourselves, others, and our waters safe!
Learning to swim is the #1 water safety recommendation
Outdoor Afro's Swimmership applications are open till May 15th
Learn about TankProof's mission of helping everyone swim
Whitewater can be the most unpredictable and yet most heavily utilized waters
Check out these safety and #RecreateResponsibly resources from American Whitewater