French association “Montagne et Partage” recently organized an ambitious Everest cleaning campaign “Everest Green”. The 40-day mission which started on April 13 and ended on May 23 recovered 5 tons of waste from the Everest between Base Camp (5300m) and the South Col (7906m).
In honor of the expedition group and their efforts in helping clean Everest, the Ambassador of France, H.E. Mr. Yves Carmona hosted a reception at the Residence of France on May 29, during which the expedition group talked about their project and also presented the Ambassador with a symbolic expedition flag.
On his welcome remarks, the Ambassador recalled the common relationship between Nepal and France around mountains and highlighted the need to raise environmental awareness amongst the relevant stakeholders as a long-term solution.
Speaking at the event, Mr Gérard CLERMIDY, president of the Association informed that 2 tons of the total waste collected were sent to Namche for incineration whereas 3 tons of recyclable waste is being brought to Kathmandu by road for further processing/treatment. Amongst the waste, the group recovered, the majority were aluminum, nylon cords, textiles, scrap waste, batteries and plastic objects among others. The project, which cost Euros 150,000.00, was entirely financed by Montagne et Partage’s own resources.
Montagne et Partage is a French association which aims to provide all forms of humanitarian aid to the needy people in mountain areas, in the fields of education, health, the environment, and economic development. For them, the Mountain represents one of the finest schools of life; that of humility and sharing, that of universal brotherhood.