Trash col­lected in Qo­molangma cleanup

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

More than 100 climbers have col­lected 4.5 met­ric tons of garbage on the north slope of Qo­molangma, known as Mount Ever­est in the West, in an an­nual cleanup cam­paign. The vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing lo­cal Ti­betans, do­mes­tic and over­seas moun­taineers, and staff of Ti­bet’s moun­taineer­ing work units, have been work­ing at al­ti­tudes of be­tween 5,200 and 6,500 me­ters since May 6. Pema Trin­ley, deputy sec­re­tary of the Ti­bet Moun­taineer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said the moun­taineers are from more than 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, Italy, Spain, the United King­dom and Switzer­land. Kari Kobler, pres­i­dent of Swiss out­fit­ter Kobler & Part­ner and one of the vol­un­teers, was re­ported by Xinhua News Agency to have lauded the cleanup cam­paign as a sign of China’s in­creased en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

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