We’ve done a clean up hike for Earth Day every year since 2009, heading out to hiking trails that have been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and packing out loads of litter for disposal in a more appropriate location.
This year we headed out to the Jiankou Great Wall, a well-known stretch of ‘wild’ Great Wall that has become increasing popular amongst casual hikers in recent years. With the increase in visitors, there’s also been an increase in litter left up on the wall and along the trails that lead up and down.
Earth Day - April 22 - was on a Wednesday this year, so we waited until Saturday the 25th to gather a larger group of keen and green hikers for the cleanup.
The situation wasn’t as bad as we thought!
Later on we found out that we weren’t the only team to head out to Jiankou for an Earth Day clean up, which was great news. On last year’s clean up, at the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, there’d been almost more trash than we could carry out.
We did our bit, and carried all the trash back down to the main village. We didn’t leave the bags of rubbish there, though - we took them back to a trash depot in the city that’s better equipped to deal with it.
Before heading back to the city we dropped in on our Gung Ho! Pizza buddies Jade and John, enjoying some cold beers in their courtyard and hearing some of their tales about life in the village. Gung Ho! Pizza supported the clean up this year by hosting us at the courtyard and rewarding participants with a very generous discount offer for a meal at their newly reopened Lido branch, back in the city.
Big thanks to Gung Ho! for the support, extra big thanks to Anita F. for the donation, and super big thanks to everyone who joined in to help with the cleanup!