Earth Day is an annual event, now worldwide, that aims to raise awareness of environmental issues.
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 teamed up with Gung Ho! Pizza to make our eighth annual Earth Day clean up hike part of the 1st Beijing Earth Day Festival, and we had a great turn out for the hike, with 26 people showing up to help out with the clean up.
We took on the challenge of cleaning up Nine-Eyes Tower, a tower on the Great Wall at Jiankou that’s 1,190m above sea level.
There was a whole lot of rubbish up there, but everyone pitched in to collect the whole lot.
It was a big effort by participants – a big climb up to the tower, really getting amongst it picking up all the trash ... and then we carried it all out!
Most of what we picked up was plastic bottles, food wrappers, and cigarette butts, but we found some other bits, too, like empty gas canisters, paint buckets, and sacks of cement left by the crew who made repairs to this part of the wall in recent months.
By the end of the day we’d filled up nearly fifteen massive bags of rubbish!
After all the hard work we were due some refreshment. What we got was a literal feast, courtesy of Gung Ho! Pizza, who hosted us at their countryside courtyard at Jiankou Village – cheers, Gung Ho!