Posted by: harrisandyou | March 4, 2015

Human waste on Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Mount Everest


Once again humans have left a trail of waste and it is on one of the highest mountains in the world.  People that climb Mount Everest are not just leaving trash they are leaving behind urine and feces.  As reported by The Guardian “Climbers spend weeks acclimatising the mountain around four camps”.  There are no toilets so climbers dig a hole and leave the waste there.

Why is this being allowed to happen?  Have we not learned from the errors of our ways and with what is happening on the planet – climate change, landfills over flowing, not enough clean water and air, and plastic in the oceans?

Waste – substance or objects which are disposed of or not disposed of properly.

Trash – anything worthless, useless, discarded.

“Not disposed of properly” is key. Some people have blinders on and are not thinking about the long term consequences of waste being left behind. The consequences of humans not cleaning up their waste will destroy the natural beauty and future generations will not be able to enjoy it. Policies and procedures need to be put into place in order to save that which is precious to the planet.

Look out at the mountains, they look so pristine – wouldn’t it be nice to have them stay that way?



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