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2009-12-13 | Day 470 | 38688 km

Daniel | 2009-12-13

From the desk chair into the hiking boots, part 2

A few weeks ago, I commented on a newspaper article I read. In order to receive international attention and make aware of the changes in the Himalayas due to global warming, the Nepali ministers were planning on going to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) to hold a meeting.

Weeks later and the third day of trekking the trail lead right across the middle of the landing strip of Namche Bazar – without fence, signal or security check. Other than usual, the place was crowded with journalists from all kind of countries, temporarily set up satellite dishes and cameras on tripods. “They’re actually pulling it off” I thought to myself.

I didn’t stay until all the copters landed, the flash-lights started firing and the old lads got out to have a cup of tea. But I talked to a – according to him – very popular, Indian news anchorman of Star-Television-Delhi, on his acclimatisation-walk. I even got a chance to exchange some thoughts with the Nepali networks team.

In a country, where the very important idea of “pollution control” or “environmental protection” doesn’t seem to exist, in a country where, street-kids light bond-fires in order to stay warm at night, from the enormous piles of rubbish that gets carelessly chucked on the street during the day – all of the journalists were delighted about the “conference at the EBC” idea. Though all of them failed to even consider thinking about the unnecessary but severe impact on the environment caused by the side-effects of this venture.

1 Comment
  1. 2009-12-15 (15:37)

    Lutz

    Hallo Daniel !
    Hast Du mal versucht diese Erfahrung in einer deutschen (europäischen) Zeitung zu publizieren ?

    Lutz

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