Can you imagine ten tons of rubbish on Everest? This seems unthinkable. Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy won the prize Women's Land 2019 of the Yves Rocher Foundation. The 38-year-old woman created Clean Everest in 2016: an expedition to evacuate all the rubbish on the north face of Everest on the Tibetan side. Altitude camps from 6,500 meters are the areas with the most litter. In total, two billion people depend on the glaciers water of theHimalayas, which represents a phenomenal resource for the Asian population.
Mainly three camps were evacuated because they gathered many debris, among which: food, bottles of oxygen or still gas bottles. In three years, these are 8.5 tons of waste who came down from Everest on the more than ten tons collected.
During all these years of expedition, no one really paid attention to the problem of waste because the expeditions are so trying for foreign mountaineers who, after going to the top, come down to speed in "survival" mode.
In 2012, the mountain guide starts working with a Tibetan company to create a environmental charter. It takes three years to emerge an awareness and set up a program: the famous Clean Everest. It is about a cooperation work of 50 local guides who mobilized around the environmental charter that they themselves wrote.
She takes again the Tibetan cultural principles respect and the sacredness of the mountain. A new system for preserving the mountain is being put in place: "Cash for trash" is a financial penalty anti-pollution intended for the least green climbers.
Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy, also president of the association Highland Initiatives, hopes to replicate the same project on the scale of the Himalayas. "Technically, the most difficult thing was Everest. The € 10,000 won with Terre de Femmes will help evacuate the last ton and continue our efforts of communication and awareness", Says the mountaineer. A beautiful initiative creative and committed how good it is to discover. Share his story to give him maximum visibility!
Imagined by: Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy and Clean Everest