Shimla: British national Jodie Underhill, popularly known as garbage girl, was today honoured with a green award for running ‘Mountain Cleaners’, a voluntary organization that collects disposal waste left behind by tourists in Dharamshala.
Felicitating the Briton at the inauguration of a two environment film festival organized by Centre for Media Studies (CMS) Vatavaran, Gulab Singh Thakur said, “leaving behind garbage at tourist destinations was become a bane for the hills.”
Acknowledging the contribution of Jodie and her organization, Thakur said, “cleaner and greener hills were the very basis of sustaining tourism in the region.”
Speaking the occasion the 34 year old garbage girl announced plans for adopting another hill after Dharamshala for clearing waste.
“The cleanliness an environment awareness campaign in Dharamshala has been a success and we hope to replicate the program for high altitude Manimahesh Lake in Chamba district where waste disposal left behind by growing number of pilgrims is mounting,” said Jodie.
“Foreign trekkers who visited the glacial lake last year have warned about the serious threat the serene mountain lake faces from the amount of garbage left behind by pilgrims and others,” she added.
Jodie along with volunteers, mainly consisting of foreigners have formed a group called ‘Mountain Cleaners’, who do a morning round collecting non-biodegradable waste dumped in and around the Dhauladhar mountains around Dharamshala.