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Bali beach clean movement gaining momentum





Environment Updates

Clean-up-army of hundreds hit Kuta Beach and Jimbaran Beach

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 March, 2014 - It was another Big Day in the fight against the trash that is trying to take over Bali’s beaches.  On the 22nd March, hundreds of dedicated volunteers showed up at Kuta Beach and Jimbaran Beach to clean up the rubbish that is threatening Bali’s reputation as the “Island of the Gods.”

On the west side of the island, almost 200 volunteers from Quiksilver (30), Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (32), Hard Rock Hotel (10), Harris Hotel (10), Kuta Paradiso (10), Inna Grand Kuta Hotel (15), youth group Gerakan Fajar Nusantara (25), the Marantha Church of Denpasar (40), Padma Boys Boardriders (17), and (5) met at 7:00 am and collected an estimated 350 kgs of trash off the Kuta Beach strip starting from Segara Beach and ending at Padma Beach.  Included in that trash were 12 hypodermic needles!  Scary….

Over in Jimbaran at Kedonganan Beach over 100 volunteers made up of mostly local business owners, drink sellers and hawkers, the Coca-Cola crew and a local government cleaning team collected a massive pile of trash that included logs, tree branches and bamboo in addition to the usual plastic items, which weighed in at an estimated 800 kgs!

Positively for the local community, the amount of public coming to help clean the beach every second week is growing, but as always we are hoping that even more volunteers show up next time on the 9th of April so please continue to spread the word.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who came and volunteered for these March beach-cleaning sessions.  We hope that the example we are setting will be followed and the message that trash belongs in bins and not on the beach is being seen and heard by all the local residents and tourists of Bali and beyond.

Stay tuned, as more beach cleaning sessions are being scheduled for April as we approach the end of the wet season. 

Gino Andrias

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