Writer and mountaineer Marion Chaigneau-Dupuis launched the “Clean Everest” project three years ago to rid the mountain peak of garbage that had been accumulating for years. In three years, Marion and the team collected and removed 8.5 tons of waste.
For the past 17 years, Marion has lived as a mountain guide. Since she was a little girl, she had dreamed of creating a project to clean the mountain peak of trash. In 2013, she climbed it and realized how 30 years of expeditions had littered Everest.
“Climbing Everest is supposed to offer one of the cleanest interactions between humans and the natural world. But in 2013, when I got to the top, I realized that the mountain had been littered with 30 years of expeditions. I calculated that about 10 tons of waste had been dumped on the summits alone!” – Metro newspaper quotes the activist as saying.
Marion managed to convince the local authorities to donate 50 yaks so that she and the team could carry the trash down the mountain. Marion’s mission is not only to save the environment from garbage, but also to change the quality of life of those who live in the area. Two billion people from the Chinese and Indian valleys use drinking water that is far from standards of cleanliness and health due to pollution in the Himalayas.
Marion hopes to be able to clean the entire Himalayan mountain range next time.
Recall that in November, scientists announced that microplastics had made it to the top of Mount Everest. Specialists climbed to 8,440 meters above sea level and collected samples of snow and meltwater.