Alex from United States peacefully exploring Kandol Lake in the valleys of Swat 🏞 (@lostwithpurpose)
But she noticed something very wrong "There's no doubt that the nature in Pakistan is stunning. Unfortunately, it faces a big problem: trash.
No matter where we go, we're eventually greeted by empty Coke bottles, family packs of chips, and cigarette butts. It's disgusting.
When we point this out to people, many get defensive. It's the poor and uneducated that litter, they say, not the educated.
People also say it's also the government's fault, as they don't provide enough bins or clean up the area themselves.
This is obviously nonsense. It's not the poor and uneducated who can afford to go on holidays, or buy family packs of biscuits and soft drinks.
It's certainly not the poor people who rent jeeps to be brought up these mountains for picnics and camping.
Yes, the government can, and should, do more. But that doesn't mean you are free of responsibility.
It's not difficult to bring a plastic bag for your trash and dispose of it properly when you return to a village. Are you really too lazy to carry an empty bottle down a hill?
Even when there are bins, people still throw their trash everywhere. We've seen bag full of trash right next to a trash can.
Pakistan has enormous potential for tourism, as many Pakistanis like to point out. But if people keep using Pakistan's nature as a rubbish bin, when foreign visitors finally start showing up, all they'll see is Mountain Dew, not mountains.
So please, next time you go out into nature, bring a bag and spend a few minutes picking up any trash you see. It's not difficult, and it will make a world of difference.