Alarmed by the rising amount of plastic trash on Mount Everest, Nepal has decided to ban single-use plastic from the region in a much-welcome move. By Kumar Shree
Ever since the Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay duo first achieved the peak some 66 years ago, mankind’s fascination with conquering the mightiest mountain has risen many folds. The obsession brought its share of complications, for instance – closing of base camp for cleanup, human traffic jam on the pinnacle, and videos of sherpas pulling bodies out of snow.
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Now we litter and throw plastic waste even at the Mount Everest????????️. It’s a shame that something as terrifyingly grand and beautiful as Mount Everest can’t be kept tidy. Look how much this rubbish really ruins and affects the landscape around it. Such a pity????. A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tonnes of garbage in an ambitious plan to clean the world's highest rubbish dump. Decades of commercial mountaineering have left the pristine mountain polluted as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak. As this year's spring climbing season kicked off last month, the Nepal government sent a 14-member team with a target to bring back 10,000 kilograms (10 tonnes) of trash from Everest within a month and a half. Melting glaciers caused by global warming are exposing trash and even bodies that have accumulated on the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful summit 66 years ago. #mounteverest #pollution #everestpollution #plasticpollution #plasticwaste #plasticproducts #plasticmanagement #plasticfree #gogreen #blueplanet #mountains #nature #environment #climatechange #globalwarming #awareness #sensibleliving #share #ecofriendly #travel #reduce #reuse #recycle #plastic #plasticbags #saveenvironment #saveearth #savenature #saynotoplastic #anonymous_earth_person
While international communities have been vocal in pointing Nepal’s shortcomings towards preserving natural habitat of the eco-sensitive region, the mountain nation has announced a ban on single-use plastic from its Khumbu region, the area surrounding Mount Everest. This ban would come to effect from January 1, 2020 onward, and would prohibit the local shops from selling products in soft plastic packings and other single use plastic items of thickness less than 0.03 millimeters (30 microns). Plastic water bottles, however, has been exempted from the ban.
Ganesh Ghimire, the chief administrative officer of Khumbu Pasanglhamu rural municipality said, “We are consulting with all sides about what can be done about plastic water bottles. We will soon find a solution for that.“
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A heartfelt congratulations to all my team members for summiting Everest! @madisonmtng @garrettmadison1 thank you for keeping us in the safest hands during a crazy busy summit rotation. We faced lots of traffic heading to higher camps, especially on summit night. The weather window was quite narrow this season, forcing most climbers to attempt the summit on the 22nd or 23rd of May. There were hundreds of climbers moving through steep and exposed ridges, and unfortunately multiple injuries and deaths (may they Rest In Peace). Although so beautiful, Everest up there can be a very very dark place. Summit day. A day I’ll never ever forget. . . ????: @chad.gaston
While the move is expected to make Mount Everest a plastic-free region starting 2020, any penalty has not been assigned for those who bring single-use plastic to the region despite the ban. In May 2019, the Nepal government in a clean-up drive cleared around 11 tons of trash from the mountain, most of which was plastic and oxygen cylinders along with trashed expedition equipment. The clean-up drive involved highly trained sherpas collecting trash for over a month.
We hope the move helps with the situation at Mount Everest, and help it stay as clean as possible.