As a traveler, camper, and trekker, I always believe that trekking won’t be complete without the cost of love and respect for the mountain environment. I want to inspire people and share to them about that keeping our mountains clean is of supreme importance.
Mountains are friends to all. They are not just soil, forest, birds, and animals. They provide us with the most essential things in life. I also agree that mountains are also generous sources of recreation, pleasure, and delight. The joy of watching the sunrise and sunset with your fellow trekkers.
However, many people seem to have taken them for granted. It is disheartening to see a dump of garbage on the trail and slopes. Most of us don’t know the proper system to handle the garbage, especially in mountain villages. Putting them in dustbins is not enough. Burning them or throwing it into the streams is not a good practice. If we are not bringing back our non-biodegradable things-plastic bottles, wrappers, foils, etc back to cities, we are littering the mountains.
I don’t expect that city-dwellers to come and clean all the mess in mountains. But I do expect them to not litter. That alone can be a good example in cleaning up of the mountains.
From the day that I’ve entered the blogosphere and learned to appreciate the beauty of the world, I always wanted to join any activities that have something to do with environmental awareness.
Last July 8-9, 2017 was the 4th National Mountain Clean-Up Day. It is an annual activity initiated by Pinoy Mountaineer to clean up the mountains and to remind the importance of having a clean mountain environment. An activity that gives a great opportunity that I am longing for. Lucky me, I am surrounded by friends with the same interests as me. We have a group called, Tribu Hugawan. A small group who would like to see beautiful things around the world through wandering. These are the people who want to inspire people that it is very important to get to know and respect our planet.
So these friends of mine decided to participate in such annual activity with Laagan Pilipinas at Ablayan Peak, Boljoon Cebu. As we meet the group in the particular area, we began to felt awkward. Thus, we manifested the trails of Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu.
Upon arrival at Alegria, Cebu, we prepared our trash bag that is tied around the hands. At the trail, all the non-biodegradable waste that we saw along the trail goes into the trash bag. We picked the litter from the trail and keep it in our trash bags until we reached the campsite of the mountain.
Before proceeding to the peak of Mt.Lanaya, we bring the garbage down and take it to a nearby house who collects garbage where there is a proper system to manage the garbage.
I understand that there are some trekkers feel that it is very difficult to be committed to picking up litter in a day especially when they are struggling to climb. Yes, I completely understand that! It is difficult to pick things up on the trail.
After taking the garbage down to the house, we then proceeded to the assault of Mt.Lanaya. Meanwhile, the ascending trails of the assault going to the summit of Mt.Lanaya were quite clean which gives us the best time to explore the area. It was truly fulfilling that you have already explored your beautiful surroundings while helping it to make the mountain environment clean.
I’ve been to many cleanup drives but this was my first time to join the National Mountain Clean-Up.
After cleaning the site, we proceeded to a place where it will bring us a perfect nostalgia. And since we feel tired and hungry of our explorations, so we decided to jaunt Cangkalanog Falls to give some sort of shake.
Just by looking at it will bring you an instant nostalgia. It is a complete mixture of Kawasan Falls in Badian and Enchanted River in Surigao. A scenic bluish-green color of the water will make you jump and shout for joy.
No one will do the same thing at their own house. I think the fundamental reason is the lack of responsibility towards Mother Nature. They feel a sense of duty when it comes to keeping their house clean, but they don’t feel the same towards nature.
So, there is an immediate need to make the trekkers feel responsible by telling them the consequences of their actions. Our Green Trails goal can only be achieved if trekkers feel responsible towards the mountains.
“Keeping the mountains ‘clean’ is not just our duty, but a necessity”
-LEAVE NO TRACE-
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