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Jakarta Post

On plastic, we need local concern

Flores, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Wed, August 14, 2019   /  09:12 am
On plastic, we need local concern Men in Lamalera village, Lembata regency, hunt for the whale using harpoon. ( Amarillo/File)

Lamalera village in East Nusa Tenggara has been prominent for traditional whale hunting, a suspense-packed action between May and July that has for decades attracted tourists from near and far. Few would know, however, the centuries-old ritual has shaped a local culture that will contribute much to the country’s fight against marine debris, particularly plastics. Long before the government called for concerted efforts to combat plastic waste, the Lamalera people have for generations learned how to keep their sea clean. In the current context, they deem plastics as modern trash that will damage their marine environment. The local tradition, called ola nu', perceives the sea as a sacred mother. The sea has the ability to nurture, protect and provide life to villagers who depend on it. In return, the local people try to keep the sea happy by not sullying it with trash, ...

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