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Welcome to The Green Scene blog. For those of you – like me – who are new to this site, let me introduce myself, and paint you a picture as to what I’ll be covering here at Backpacker.com
My name is Berne Broudy, and generally, the tag writer/photographer/adventurer, pretty much sums me up. I live in Vermont, and I’ve been writing and photographing for Backpacker since the late 1990s beginning when I maligned my sweet and friendly mutt by publishing a ferocious looking picture of her in an article on off leash dogs on the trail for a photo credit.
In the interim I’ve been an editor at Canoe and Kayak and Backcountry, and a contributor to Outside, Women’s Health, Skiing, Popular Science, Vermont Sports and others. Before discovering the wonderful world of writing and photography, I worked on sustainable forestry issues for an international development consulting firm, helped source and supply certified sustainably harvested wood. In fact, I even worked on developing the Forest Stewardship certification (FSC) for wood products that you see everywhere. Want me to keep going? I’ve been a professional photographer for more than a decade, and before that I guided hiking and biking trips all over South America, the eastern U.S. and in France for 10 years. Oh—I also taught yoga for six or so years, including yoga for skiers and other athletes.
Now I’m Backpacker’s Green Editor, I represent Backpacker in the Outdoor Industry Eco Working Group, a group of companies working hard to figure out how to measure the impact of their products on the environment, and I continue to write about green issues in the outdoor industry and beyond.
In the last decade, as an environmental writer, a bunch of my time was spent trying to convince the outdoor industry to use cleaner energy, less chemicals and to make sure they were treating their factory workers well. I made it my mission to tout what evolved companies were doing to lessen their footprint on the world, and to make sure that when a company made claims, it was walking its talk.
Ten years ago, when I’d visit a backpack or tent company and ask about what they were doing to be green, they’d show me everything they made in the color green—no joke. Fortunately (and in many ways unfortunately) things have changed. Now the world is in the midst of a massive environmental crisis that’s affecting everything from the weather on our backpacking trips to the price of gas.
No one asks me if I am looking for green-colored jackets and backpacks anymore.
What do I plan to cover in The Green Scene blog? Everything from what’s in your gear to how global warming is effecting the places you love to hike, to weird and quirky people and events that are trying to solve the climate crisis, protect polar bears and make sure that the moose that Ted Alvarez recently wrote about in The Daily Dirt aren’t gone before the next time you get to the Midwest to hike.
I’ll give you tips about how to lighten your planetary load whether you’re hiking or sorting your trash—and we’ll go deeper than swapping out your lightbulbs. I hope to inspire you, whether it’s to invent the latest, greatest form of clean energy, to spearhead a recycling initiative in your community, or to think about what you’re buying next time you’re at REI or even the grocery store.
So thanks for reading. Expect at least two posts a week, unless I’m on remote backcountry or foreign land assignment where communication is still handled by pony (or elephant) express. And don’t forget to tell me what you think, and what you want to know that I’ve missed or haven’t gotten to yet.