Volunteers cleaned up 660 thousand square meters of the Arctic.
Another environmental expedition on the Yamal Peninsula is over. This year, volunteers cleaned up the village of Cape Kamennyi, the abandoned village of Polyarny, and the shore of the Kara Sea, reports Krasny Sever [Red North].
People with shovels and garbage bags cleaned up the junk left in these areas since the Soviet Union. At that time, the Soviet State focused primarily on the development of high latitudes, less on ecological issues.
In summer, the Green Arctic volunteers cleaned up a vast area of 660 thousand square meters. They compressed and removed more than 2 thousand barrels of rubbish (200-liter barrels). They also collected about 250 tons of scrap metal, wood, etc.. Small garbage was packed into 4,5 thousand bags.
Behind the numbers is a tangible result - clean shores, forests and tundra, where a new life begins for the Arctic nature, Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, commented on the activists' results on his social media pages.
The governor noted that the environmental initiatives launched during the Year of Ecology continue to operate successfully. One example is The Ecology Within project, in which a hundred Yamal teenagers took part.
The Green Arctic project has been operating in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region since 2014. The main focus of volunteer expeditions is remote Arctic settlements, around which a large amount of man-made debris has accumulated over the years. In total, 500 hectares of territories have been cleaned, 400 volunteers from 12 countries have been involved, and 1 polar bear has been rescued during the expeditions.