17 Feb Cleaning Up Bali’s Beaches from Plastic Waste
The rainy season brings a lot of plastic trash in Bali’s beaches and coasts. To further raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution to our coastal and marine environment, Coral Triangle Center joined several beach clean ups this month.
On February 17, 2017, CTC collaborated with the Nusa Penida Management Unit, Friends of the National Park Foundation, and local schools to hold beach clean ups in Toyapakeh, Crystal Bay, Pura Dalem Ped and Banjar Nyu. Approximately 1000 participants joined the clean up and a total of 600 bags of trash were collected which consisted mainly of plastic packaging and styrofoam.
On February 19, 2017, CTC joined hundreds of our friends to clean up Semawang Beach in Sanur as part of the Bali-wide One Island One Voice Beach Clean Up led by Bye Bye Plastic Bags. On that day alone, 12,000 volunteers cleaned up 55 locations in Bali and collected 40 tons of garbage in one day. In Semawang Beach, the trashpicked up were mostly plastic straws, cigarette butts and plastic packaging.
We hope to inspire more people to care for our oceans by reducing the use of single-use plastics and ensuring that plastic trash do not end up in our coasts and marine environment! Together we can all make it happen! (Photos by Komang Budiarta/CTC and Marcel Bittner/CTC)