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Soft footprint

There’s a concept among environmentalists described as “leave a soft footprint”. When we interact with nature we always affect it. The simple concept here is that it is better to minimize the human impact.

Here in Money Island we have strived for decades to build bigger, stronger and heavier to achieve sustainability. That hasn’t worked out well. Nature always proved more powerful.

Now the approach is “soft footprint”. Mobile tools and machinery. RVs, campers, and tents instead of buildings. Floating movable structures. Temporarily moored boats instead of hard docks. Boats on trailers instead of always remaining in the water. Lightweight, portable and replaceable.

The transition is already underway and may take years to complete the transformation. But the end result will be a more gentle relationship between humans and nature.

By tonynovak

founder and current controller of Baysave

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