Nudism and Climate Change
Our world's changing climate is threatening many of the things nudists hold most dear.
A warming world is great for nudists, right? Warmer weather means longer summers and more opportunities to practice nudism!
Changing climate isn’t limited to an increase in the temperature of the planet. We’re already seeing more extreme weather, forest fires, prolonged periods of drought and also heavy, flooding rains.
Out in British Columbia, Canada last summer we saw incredibly high temperatures that led to uncontrollable wild fires that obliterated an entire town. Later it was massive, unprecedented flooding that took out highways and bridges and caused massive damage across the region.
Nudists tend to be fans of the outdoors. Beaches, hiking trails, rivers and lakes are all places that you’ll find nudists. With climate change, all of these things are threatened.
Our beaches face erosion from rising sea levels and hurricanes. Our hiking trails are threatened by increasing temperatures and droughts that could make them unusable at times. Rivers flood under heavy rains and dry up in periods of drought. Lakes slowly disappear leaving boats and docks high and dry.
A Role for Nudists as Naturists
I believe that as nudists, we should be front-and-centre in the efforts to combat climate change. A changing climate is bad news for all inhabitants of earth including humans and including nudist humans.
Adopt the naturist label, but more importantly, adopt the naturist ideals. The three tenets of naturism — respect for self, respect for others, respect for the environment — provide the reasons to act and to help combat climate change.
It might seem to be a daunting, impossible task, especially when you consider how minuscule the impacts of a single person or family are in the grand scheme of things. But the collective efforts of a group of people are measurable and can lead others to join in with efforts of their own.
Small actions when performed by many can lead to meaningful change. We owe it to ourselves, our children and all of humanity to do what we can, at an individual level to try to reduce our impacts on the planet.