Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 15 长江源志愿工作第15天

This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!

I had a shower back in town yesterday and immediately felt a few pounds lighter, which also provided a sanitary condition for my period that happened to come. In the past living with period in the wild is very inconvenient for me. Especially here that all trash shall be taken back to town, bringing all kinds of inconvenience and awkwardness. But since I started to focus on environmental protection, I have been particularly paying attention to every aspect of life to reduce ‘environmental footprint’, especially trash generation.

On average every modern female who uses sanitary pads consumes over 10,000 pads in her lifetime. And they are made of plastics not easy to degrade. I used to witness multiple sanitary pads and diapers on the ancient canal surface in my hometown. They not only made a bad view but also damage the marine ecosystem once they flow to the sea. I heard tens of years ago before the pad was invented, the older generations used cotton cloth, and then newspapers. Many other modern inventions are like this too – more and more convenient, more and more single used items, more and more wastes, and pollutions. In recent years, while environmental protection is being emphasized, many single used things are restricted. This is very good. And for sanitary pads, the single-use items which are consumed in big quantities and not for recycling, several kinds of alternatives are being sold in the market already. After a lot of research and comparison, I’ve completely upgraded my period solution. Sanitary pads are bygones now. Luna cup + washable organic cotton pads (which is not even necessary if using the cup well) reduce the trash generation to zero. Just a little bit inconvenience trades for a better environment and lowers risk and awkwardness from using sanitary pads or tampons. And you’ll be free to do any sport as you like. 

Coming back to the lovely birds of Bende Lake. The tragic grebe couple yesterday came back to the old home from time to time. Sometimes they just came to have a look, sometimes even mate there. But they never built a nest again seriously. Good news is that when we have a camera moved closer to another nest on the surface, we saw some three or four eggs in it. I pray for their successful hatching. Watching closely.

The two babies of the black-necked cranes are also growing quickly and healthily. For the whole day today, we did not see any sign of fights between them. Instead, I saw the beautiful scene of two little figures walking side by side. I hope they break the 50% survival curse and both live on happily together.





Flowering on the plateau. Summer is here.

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