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Clean up for Chamonix glacier
Saturday September 5, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

Staff from Crystal Ski, the British Consulate in Marseille and the British Defence Staff in France will be helping to clear the Mer de Glace of rubbish this week.

The annual task happens on Friday and has been taking place for many years.

They join local and national volunteers with the  clean up of France's longest glacier, the Mer de Glace in the Mont Blanc Massif.

It is 7 kms (4.3 miles) long and 200 metres (660 ft) deep in places.

Large numbers of volunteers have come forward.

Since the creation of the event they have picked up many tons of rubbish left by 500,000 visitors as well as waste from abandoned bivouacs, cables and ski lifts that reappears decades later as the glacier ice melts.

"I am delighted that members of staff are volunteering for this initiative along with those we have worked with on our winter sports campaigns over the years," said the British Ambassador to France, Sir Peter Ricketts.

"It is a good way of giving something back to a region which is so popular with British nationals and of raising awareness of the importance of protecting the environment and the need to leave this, as well as other regions, litter-free," added Sir Peter.

Since 2008, the initiative to clean up the Mer de Glace has been organised by the town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc , the French Alpine Club, Lafuma and other mountain-based organisations.

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"For us, sustainable tourism is not just an idea, it is fundamental. We work hard to provide high quality holidays that cause minimal environmental impact, respect the culture and people of the destinations and offer real economic benefit to local communities," said the General Manager for Crystal Ski Holidays France, Switzerland and Andorra, Nial Mclean.

The glacier has been a tourist attraction since the 19th century but sadly litter is left behind.

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