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Arctic Calling

How volunteering project changes Russian North

For decades, Arctic explorers and scientists have been stockpiling litter and waste on the Northern shores. Researchers worked in extreme conditions and bitter cold: they didn't want to spend extra resources to properly dispose of the waste, so they dumped barrels and other equipment on the unseen side of the slope. To prevent further contamination of the soil and sea waters from century-old litter, volunteers teamed up to clean the Arctic and help local animals. This time they traveled to Heiss Island on Franz Josef Land, one of the northernmost territories on our planet, about a thousand kilometres from the North Pole. ‘Clean Arctic’ project participants spent 6 weeks away from their responsibilities and loved ones to restore natural beauty of Arctic shores and preserve its pristine beauty for future generations. Tune in to see challenges volunteers had to overcome and the result they’ve achieved.