Everyone can keep Arctic clean
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Everyone can keep Arctic clean

August 17, 2022

In the Murmansk village of Nickel, volunteers have collected more than 200 tons of waste in 11 days.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. With the Nornickel’s support, a partner of the Clean Arctic federal project, the activists collected 208 tons of garbage. The World Tree Camp campus volunteers took part in a large general cleaning of the Nickel village in the Murmansk region.

The Clean Arctic is a large-scale project to clean up the Arctic territory from waste accumulated since Soviet times. The idea belongs to Dmitry Lobusov, captain of the 50 Years of Victory nuclear icebreaker, and Gennady Antohin, Soviet and Russian icebreaker captain, Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation.

In Nickel, volunteers have cleaned up and improved five locations for 11 days. For example, in order to equip a playground, the event participants dismantled old garages and abandoned buildings, and then brought 300 tons of soil.

Five tons of garbage were collected near the Kolosjoki river in the area of ​​Sobachka hill, a bridge was built across the stream, the main bridge was painted and information stands were installed, and three tons of waste were removed from Rodnik. Work was also carried out on the territory of the Kola super-deep well, and on the Sopka 555 tourist route, activists prepared about 20 hectares of land for further improvement.

Andrey Nagibin, the Clean Arctic project federal headquarters’ member, noted that in the Murmansk region the results of interaction between business, government and volunteering are already visible:

“This expedition was another proof of that. We are confident that the World Tree Camp, Nornickel and the Clean Arctic project volunteers’ contribution will not go unnoticed by residents. It is important for us to set an example, to show that each person can do a lot to keep the Arctic clean”.

The Clean Arctic volunteers have also visited the Museum of Local Lore and the Pasvik Nature Reserve visitor center, the Shuonijoki waterfall and the Sopka 555 tourist route.

Recall that the Nornickel’s Clean Norilsk project has become part of the Clean Arctic federal project. The company will allocate $5.5 billion for the implementation of its environmental initiatives in the coming years.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Clean Arctic

August 17, 2022

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