You would think that hikers, mountain climbers and other nature enthusiasts are also environmentally friendly but that does not seem to be the case. Many nature preservation and Eco-Tourist destinations struggle with there visitors leaving trash behind. Since it is very unlikely that trash cans will be put along the various trails, tourism authorities are finding creative ways to keep their part of the environment clean.
For quite some time, Mt. Apo in the Philippines was littered with debris. The local tourism office led a variety of fun activities for the 300 climbing volunteers that would result in cleansing up the mountain. In just three days, the volunteers were able to collect over 2.5 tons of trash and then properly dispose it. The major trash contributors were water bottles and cigarette butts but even cell phones were found on the trails.
This is a problem that is present throughout the world. These climbers are trying to defeat enormous mountains obstacles and it may be the last thing on their mind to properly dispose their power bar wrappers. However the true source of issue could be that these climbers to not want to carry around any additional weight, especially trash. Although the Government in Nepal does not care how much trash you have to carry.
The Government of Nepal has been dealing with this trash problem for over a century. It is believed in just the past 60 years over 50 tons of trash has been discarded on their mountain known as Mount Everest. To add insult to injury, the extreme cold conditions of the mountain will not let any of these unwanted materials to decompose. Recently the Government has implemented their first attempt to combat the trash.
According to the governmental legislation, those who attempt to reach the top of Mount Everest must return from their trek with an additional 18 pounds of trash. If the climbers are unable to find or take back the 18 pounds of trash, they will face harsh penalties when they return to the bottom. Nepal expects that over 8 tons of trash is likely to be removed from the mountain after one year.
Climbing Mount Everest is already pretty difficult, but when you require climbers to pick up pounds of trash it almost seems impossible. Climbers should just be responsible for their trash but that still leaves 50 tons of trash on the mountain. Maybe the government needs to take a more active role to actually solve the problem.
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