YES program participant from South Africa at Snow Canyon State Park in Utah
Khumo strikes a pose in the surreal Snow Canyon State Park.

Saving the Planet, One Glow Stick at a Time

It was a crisp spring Saturday morning when the Utah PAX group arrived at Snow Canyon. The activity for the day was beyond exciting. You guessed it—HIKING! It was a day of red mountains and lava tubes to explore, lunch, and lots of pictures to show our friends when we got home.

The purpose of exploring the lava tubes was to see the light room at the end. We were really excited and when we finally reached it, we switched off our flashlights and were welcomed by many colored glow sticks lying on the ground.

It was pretty, but I don’t think the cave would agree. All those glow sticks were litter, and though we had come to see this sight it had a completely unexpected impact on us. One of our local coordinators showed us how devastating and sad it was that people were not preserving this wonder of nature. We gathered some plastic bags and began to pick up as much litter as we could find.

As simple as this act was, it was necessary. As unplanned as this task was, we needed to make time for it, because that day we realized, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” (Robert Swan)

—Khumo (YES, South Africa), hosted by the Turley family (UT)