This amazing news comes to us from South Korea.
Nature is beautiful and must be kept beautiful. For this, it is necessary to keep it clean and safe. Nature has been affected by several reasons such as pollution, throwing trash here and there, and other man-made activities that hamper the natural process of nature. South Korea’s largest national park, Mount Jiri was found littered with rubbish by a South Korean hiker, Kim Kang-eun. She was on a two-day trip to this place and seeing the pathetic condition she decided to send a message to the citizens to take better care of nature. A group named, Clean Hikers was found by her whose main task was to pick up trash from there and other mountain parks and turning them into art.
30-year-old Kim said, “Junk art is more compelling and well received by people, rather than just saying let’s not litter. We can make an interesting image and it attracts people’s attention.” She uttered these words in front of a collage of a crying cat with the slogan ‘Save the World’, created by herself and other members of the group on the summit of Mount Mani on Ganghwa Island, a park outside Seoul where many stray cats roam.
The group made many other similar images with collected trash and displayed them on mountaintops. The trash also included a face mask which was collected nearby by members with steel tongs and stuffed into plastic bags. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to various restrictions related to indoor activities and gatherings. This made people spend more time out in the open air.
As per the survey conducted by Korea National Park Service (KNPS), the number of visitors to three major national parks close to the country’s big cities has hiked to more than 20% in October as compared to the same month last year. The first nine months of the visit to the 22 national parks resulted in more than 800 tonnes of rubbish.
Kim said that the inspiration to collect the trash and turn them into art emerged during the pandemic. She further added, “(But) we cannot clean up the whole mountains. The more important thing is to keep doing this activity, tell people about this, and make more people join. This is much more crucial.”
We really appreciate the work conducted by the Clean Hikers and wish that people themselves start understanding the importance to keep nature safe and clean.
Image Source: East Coast Daily