Sea lovers will never forget the video posted by British diver Rich Horner earlier this year that documented plastic waste at Manta Point, a popular dive site near Bali. It was a slap in the face for our country’s major tourist destination.
During that same time, people were also shocked by reports about workers struggling to remove tens of thousands of tons of garbage, mostly plastic, from Jakarta Bay.
These examples indicate that plastic waste is not just a serious issue for our oceans and marine life, but also for our tourism and fisheries.
Efforts to address plastic waste and other pollutants are critical for our marine ecosystem and the future of our economy. That’s why I’m so happy that Indonesia is hosting the fifth annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali on Oct. 29 and 30.
Participants of the conferen...
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