It gives us tremendous pride to be recognized for all of the hard work we do here at NCA Hiking Heroes. Explore some of our latest media features below. Do they inspire you to get involved? Don’t hesitate to reach out!
NCA Hiking Heroes Earth Day Book Drive
April 7, 2023
As part of our Earth Day Event, we are holding a book drive in which people can donate old, unwanted books in an environmentally-responsible way. Please contact us to donate your books!
Environmental Facts about Publishing Books
In The US alone, the publishing industry uses around 32 million trees in order to produce books each year. Globally the production process itself emits more than 40 million metric tons of CO2.
50% of the environmental footprint is caused by the production of pulp due to the heat and bleaching that the pulp goes through (3rd largest industrial greenhouse gas emitter)
The average book costs the world anywhere between six hundred to eight hundred glasses of water
A typical paperback book has a climate impact similar to that of watching 6 hrs of TV, at around 1 kilogram of carbon dioxide equivalent. This unit is a measure of carbon footprint, expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide that would have the same impact over a 100-year period.
Other major contributors to publishing are the emission from the manufacture of paper in mills, emissions from the printing and binding of books, and transportation emissions at different stages in the process.
Each year consumers waste more than 16,000 truckloads of books that have not been read once. (yikes!)
Around 10 Million trees are killed for the production of books that eventually end up getting destroyed rather than read.
NCA Hiking Heroes 2022 Year-End Party
December 10, 2022
We had great time celebrating our accomplishments in 2022 and planning new ventures for next year.
NCA Hiking Heroes: Dedication and Service: President Volunteer Service Awards
New Hiking Heroes T-shirts
NCA Hiking Heroes T-shirts are now available. Please order your T-shirts now!
Introducing a Trail- Mori Point
By Daniel Chu, August, 2022
Mori Point, a 110 acre park located along the Pacific coastline in Pacifica California, is home to scenic bluffs and vistas overlooking the peninsula coastline. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the park features a bluff and ridge along with several ponds and wetlands which serve as habitats for the endangered California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. Mori Point also houses scrubland and grassland plant communities along with stunning wildflower displays in spring.
Visitors at Mori point enjoy relaxing beaches, wildflower fields, and most importantly, hiking trails such as the Mori Point Peak Loop Trail and Lishumsha Trail, which range in length anywhere from a quarter of a mile to one and a half miles. Mori Point Peak Loop Trail, the longest and also most popular of the trails, loops through the park, passing native plant and animal species, climbing stairs at the western end of the park, and finally, visiting the peak overlooking Pacifica. Views along the hike showcase the park’s view of the Gulf of the Farallones, northern coastal scrublands, and a variety of other vegetation.
How Volunteering in NCA Hiking Heroes Can Make a World of Difference
By Ian Choe, August, 2022
We, the Northern California Hiking Heroes Chapter work to preserve hiking trails, parks, and beaches in the Bay Area. As responsible teens, we strive to make the Earth a cleaner, less polluted place.
Through a number of hikes, we have witnessed an inexcusable amount of pollution. We have seen just how much trash ends up polluting beautiful places because people are unwilling to take care of their surrounding environment. On our outings to these places, we clean up any pollution that we find, big or small. We learn from the mistakes of our past in order to take these small steps towards making a big difference in the environment for future generations.
We also love to search nooks and crannies while enjoying nature and building our friendships. As a chapter, we have visited many mountain trails along with some iconic places in the area such as Golden Gate Park. As chapter members, we get to meet others with a similar interest in protecting the environment. Parents and siblings often join our hikes to support our good cause. We enjoy going outside to appreciate nature while still being able to make an impact towards our cause.
We hope to be able to do this for a long time in order to benefit the people that come after us. These hikes are a great way for us to be able to make a difference, build our friendships, enjoy nature, and get exercise!