Saturday, 26 January 2013

Hello Everyone.

If you want to get a feel for what this blog is all about please have a look at the post below, thanks.

yesterday we had a family friend over from Australia and he had recently walked to base camp at Mt Everest. he took some amazing photos and told us some amazing stuff. but one thing he told us disgusted me, he told us how much rubbish there is on Everest, about 50 tonnes, 50000 kilos or 50000000 grams. this rubbish includes a helicopter, air canisters, packaging, discarded tents, carcasses and food waste.
Mt Everest.
i have always pictured Everest as a pristine and clean place to visit, but with the increase of tourists we are seeing scenes like this ...
"A new project initiated by Nepali arts organisation Da Mind Tree has upcycled rubbish collected from the slopes of Mount Everest into pieces of art."
"The Saving Mount Everest Project – 2011/12, run by the Everest Summiteers’ Association (ESA), aimed to increase awareness of the need for waste management plans and collect and responsibly handle approximately eight tonnes of rubbish from the slopes of Mount Everest. Of this, 1.5 tonnes were donated to a symposium of 20 artists, who used it to create sculptures for the Mt. Everest-8848 Art Project I."
The above text extracts are taken from this article

The pictures below are some of the pieces made by the people involved
Oxygen tanks turned into insectsDecorated canisters

A mountain made out of beer cans

I really love those orange insects made out of discarded oxygen tanks.
i sourced all the photos from this site

How does all of the rubbish end up on Everest? People drop it, Most Human waste is meant to be carried off Everest but lots of it isn't, people only need to air ascending so many climbers on the descent disregard the tanks, people carelessly drop there food packets or it escapes from there packs, food is dropped and because of the freezing temperatures it freezes and then of course there are the bodies of climbers that have died on the mountain slopes. A team of 20 nepalese climbers set out on a expedition in 2010 to retrieve rubbish and 5 bodies including including American Scott Fischer, who died in 1996, and Swiss mountaineer Gianni Goltz, who died in 2008.

 I know this is meant to be a blog about marine sustainability but we all need to do our bit where ever we are. the rubbish left on Everest could easily have been taken off, the weight would have made the ascent a bit more awkward but if you carried them in you should also take them off, its the same in the marine environment, or really, any environment in the world.
"Take only photos, Leave only footprints."
Footprint in the sand
wherever you are always put your rubbish in the bin or store it in your bag until you find a bin. dont just throw it away it could end up here
or tangled here
this poster is of the coastal cleanup, website is here the picture at the bottom may look fake, or 'photoshopped' but its not, its real and this happens, and most of the time the animal will die, entangled and stressed, unless they are helped they will be unable to find food and starve or struggle to swim, be chocked or be poisoned by the toxins in the rubbish they consumed.
thanks lots
Nadine :D


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