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The Outside Guide to Doing Good

Harnessing the power of the outdoors can make us better humans and put a positive dent in the world. These are stories about creating stronger communities, more fulfilling lives, and a healthier environment.

Group Efforts

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Making a net-positive impact as a company selling stuff is hard. These businesses stand out for their design innovation, social and political action, and meaningful sustainability commitments.

The City of Angels is bringing together tech, academia, government, nonprofits, and ordinary residents to make its greenery more equitable and mitigate the effects of both climate change and systemic racism

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All over the West, a housing crisis is causing workforce shortages, crippling local businesses, and threatening the culture and existence of mountain towns as we know them. But amid the doom and gloom, some people are fighting for solutions.

Sponsor Content: Land Rover

Meet the winners of the Land Rover Defender Service Awards—and learn how to enter this year’s contest

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We asked one of the original Earth Day organizers for ideas on how to bring back urgency to the movement during a moment that’s more dire than ever

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How one nonprofit is working to get more people outside through urban adventures

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Earth-loving New Yorkers are drawing from an unlikely arsenal of activism, hip-hop, marathon city-council Zoom meetings, and one sassy pug to hold the city to its zero-waste commitments. If they succeed, the environmental benefits could be huge.

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet is fighting for safer streets and mobility justice in the marginalized communities of Los Angeles

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Meet the grassroots movement of women fighting to open up surfing to a more diverse range of body types

Organizations around the world are helping refugees feel welcome via wilderness immersions—and with a record number of displaced people, this movement couldn’t come at a better time

The Indian climbing community is predominantly male. These women aim to change that.

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The Brown Ascenders is out to have a good time—and to bring change and equity to the climbing culture

The Venture Out Project is doing more than just teaching outdoor skills. It's creating a community.

Do It Yourself

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If you exchange money for a dog, you’re doing it wrong

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Don’t let your old stuff gather dust or go to the landfill. Put it to work doing good.

Kids learn best through stories, and these books weave gripping tales with messages about caring for the planet

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Outside's love guide answers your most pressing questions about dating, breakups, and everything in between. Today, we discuss how to make sure everyone has fun—from stoner to straightlaced, slow to speedy, risk-averse to reckless.

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Weight-loss discussion in outdoor forums can inadvertently reinforce the idea that there's a "correct" kind of outdoors body. What should you post about where?

A thru-hiker’s best tips for decreasing your garbage

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Eco-conscious shopping is hard. Here’s what you need to know about the ten most common standards

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Pet adoptions have spiked during the pandemic. Now is the time to change outdoor dog culture for the benefit of people, public lands, wildlife, and the dogs themselves. 

Ethical Questions

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Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on the Great Outdoors Music Debate

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Dispersed camping is getting less dispersed. Our ethics columnist weighs in on whether you need to share.

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After kicking off an enormous slide on a familiar backcountry run in Colorado, our writer was forced to reconsider his relationship with skiing

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I want to thru-hike part of the AT or PCT, but I’m the main caregiver in my household

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Buying a house just so you can rent it out on Airbnb is lame. And predatory.

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Outside’s ethics guru ponders what exactly is up for grabs on public lands

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Outside’s ethics guru on how to be both a responsible pet owner and an environmental steward

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There’s a right and a wrong way to live in the desert, says Outside’s ethics guru

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Our ethics columnist on the right and wrong way to share the trail this summer

When you get creative with natural materials in parks, some call it art; others call it litter

Tim Zimmermann’s feature about a 12,000-pound orca that killed a SeaWorld trainer changed the future of marine parks, was developed into a powerful 2013 documentary, and turned the author into a vegan