Today is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers from all over the world are posting on the same topic -- the environment. According to their website, the idea is..."Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future."
So I've decided to post today on geocaching. These days video games, social networking sites and yes, blogs, keep kids (and me) at the computer way too much. Taking care of the environment is about taking care of future generations. But it's not just recycling and reducing our carbon footprint that we need to worry about. We need to expose them to the environment too; give them an appreciation of nature.
I'm not an elitist. I don't care whether people take their kids geocaching, hunting, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, backpacking or birdwatching. What's important is that you get them out.
But if you've got a kid that loves technology, or dreads hiking, geocaching is a great way to go. It's a high tech treasure hunt. Let them decide or help decide what caches to hunt, and let them download your track to Google Earth when you get back. Make it fun, but do get them outside breathing fresh air. They'll be more inclined to help protect the environment, support public lands and one day, get their own kids outside.
Half of today's revenues from GPS Tracklog will go to an environmental charity. I've narrowed it down to three. Maybe readers can help me decide which will be the beneficiary, by commenting on your choice below. The choices are: