We have cleaned up Chernobyl


  • 12/04/2016
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Once upon a time, it was a deserted landscape. A land where nature took it’s scepter and completely took over an abandoned city. And, as in every proper fairy tale, there also appeared a ‘dragon’ – which was man. Man, who besides coming here to take photographs sometimes brought a lot of trash, and this trash covered the beautiful open air museum that is Chernobyl.

Once upon a time, it was a deserted landscape. A land where nature took it’s scepter and completely took over an abandoned city. And, as in every proper fairy tale, there also appeared a ‘dragon’ – which was man.Man, who besides coming here to take photographs sometimes brought a lot of trash, and this trash covered the beautiful open air museum that is Chernobyl.

The initial idea was to prepare to send two teams of volunteers to the zone for four days. We failed to attract sufficient funding, so we had to reduce this number to half. Nevertheless, for two days, 13 volunteers (+ 8 policemen, 1 guide and 1 driver) were willing to work, give a helping hand and so together we helped clear the Chernobyl zone.

We cleaned up mainly plastic rubbish, which tourists left at various places, Chernobyl, Duga Radar and Pripyat. We cleaned two checkpoints – Ditatky and Poliske, including the smaller part of Pripyat. At the same time we also helped to paint the checkpoints, particularly the fences and ramps. We filled 200 bags of waste, used up a lot of paint and killed a few dozens brushes :D

And the result? Yes, we won over the dragon. We didn´t kill him, but anyway we cut off one of his heads ☺.   

Personally, I really liked that we had a lot of fun during the work time. Dominik refused to let us paint a red mustache on him and Alex didn't agree to be painted as a smurf. The end of the Clean-Up trip was marked by a little tension. There was so much work to do, we were late with our deadline. As a result we didn’t get to Kiev until 8 pm, just before the departure of Mark's train. So after two days of hard work he had to run straight away. But he made it! 

In addition to having the satisfaction of having done useful work, we met some great people. We would like to say thanks again to every volunteer, but also to all the people who contributed and enabled us to carry out our project.

We believe it wasn’t the only and last time and that Clean-Up will continue many more times. The next time is already being planned for this autumn.

Thank you so much!  

The CHERNOBYLwelcome Team