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On a trip to Hemmis National Park in the Western Himalayas, India, I saw first-hand the impact of ecotourism on nature.
As nature-lovers we are supposed to leave no trace of our presence in the area we visit. Hemmis is a remote region at high elevation, so you need to hire porters and mules to carry all your gear and food.
The problem is that the porters charge twice the fee if they must carry out all the garbage produced on the trip. So, the tourists who seek the beauty of nature often simply leave their garbage behind them.
Such a trip is meant to be wonderful and mystical, but the result is often a spoiled, degraded landscape and a pain to the soul. In this short video I play with the trash cans left behind.
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