March 2019 - ♻️🏔 Some of the collected litter that was gathered along the 2 week trek to and from Basecamp Everest. Everything collected was reused into enpleinair collage sketches, watercolour ink and later finished off with Oil Paint. The litter was not extensive, but there was enough to fill a few bags every 2-3 days trekking. An enormous effort was made in 2016 - 2017 to clear the rubbish, old camping gear, and even dead bodies on the route to the summit of Everest from Basecamp. A lot of media attention and an article in The Guardian newspaper highlighted the issue, and the locals rallied together to clear up Basecamp.
However, the rest of the Himalayas outside of Basecamp Everest still needs attention and measures put in place to prevent further pollution, fly-tipping and general litter waste. The purpose of this expedition was to try and help with the collection of litter, however small, but also highlight the issue and demonstrate some creativity with the effort to keep the free of waste.