Leave No Trace

by Handsome Matt

I was thinking today about the idea of “Leave No Trace.”

For those that don’t know, Leave No Trace is a set of guiding principles for those in the outdoors. A way to enjoy the wilderness and then leave it pristine and untouched.

Here’s the thing:

Leave No Trace reinforces the idea that humans don’t belong in nature. The only time you wouldn’t want to leave a trace on something is if you didn’t belong there.

For example, bank robbers leave no trace. As do various other criminals whilst committing crimes.

If we instead understand that humans must be a part of nature, and therefore must understand their place in it, then a concept of leave no trace would be unnecessary.