Fighting Marine Waste, This Youth Action Should Be Thanked

VIVA – Marine waste has become a serious environmental issue. Indonesia itself is declared as the 2nd largest country that contributes to plastic debris in the world’s ocean. Later, many people began to be educated to deal with the marine trash. This is not far from the role of young people in social campaigns about marine waste. The Indonesian Youth Marine Debris Summit (IYMDS) is one of them. Initiated by the Divers Clean Action Foundation (DCA), young people from various regions in Indonesia were gathered to be educated about how to deal with marine waste. The movement that took place on 24 to 29 October 2017 succeeded in capturing 64 teenage ‘leaders’ from 34 provinces in Indonesia. They have been given education about marine waste. All IYMDS participants were divided into 14 groups according to the area of the nearest Province. Their activities are focused on several coastal areas, namely Aceh, Riau, Bengkulu, Lampung, Thousand Islands, Yogyakarta, Bali, Sampit, Samarinda, Selayar, Palu, Flores, Maluku, and Raja Ampat. DCA Fellower, Swietenia Puspa said after 1 year To end the IYMDS series, one of the youth groups who call themselves Seangle (@seangle_id) has been chosen as the best group. “Not only showed significant progress, for one year they focused on conducting education campaigns, research and action to do beach clean up,” he told VIVA in the awarding ceremony for Seangle in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Friday, September 21, 2018. Located in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Seangle was led by Abizar Ghiffary, Sri Rahayu, Reny Septiani, Robby Binsar and Irshad opened a Recycling Center called Sountasi (Pondok laut ) on Lasoso Street, West Palu, Central Sulawesi. They also formed the Sea School program by educating elementary school children on how to sort and dispose of waste properly. See Also..

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In addition they also educate coastal communities through some upcycling skills, construction of recycling centers, adoption of clean rubbish fishing boats, and so on. Swietenia further said that IYMDS participants were also provided with funding to take action on waste processing systems and facilities in the coastal area (their respective areas). Hendra Yuniarto, General Manager of Marketing PT. Fast Food Indonesia (KFC) as the representative and sponsor of IYMDS said that now maintaining sea cleanliness has been a KFC CSR program since 2016. “From 2009 we have focused on going green. But since 2016 we have made a new breakthrough to focus on the sea. Indonesia is a maritime country, it is a pity if the sea is full of garbage, “he told VIV. It was found in the same location. It is known that since May 2018, KFC has committed to limit the use of straws and campaign for the #nostrawmovement movement.” KFC no longer provides straw dispenser. Now consumers use only 25-30 percent, “he said.

Author: Anisa Widiarini

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