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Young activists to circumnavigate Bali on up-cycled ‘jukung’

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Fri, July 6, 2018  /  01:36 pm
Young activists to circumnavigate Bali on up-cycled ‘jukung’

Using up-cycled 'jukung', 'Keliling Bali' expedition is set to kick off at Kendongan Beach, Jimbaran, on July 7. (Giacomo Cosua/File)

A group of young activists is set to circumnavigate the island of Bali on two jukung (traditional Balinese fishing boat) on July 7.

The team, which comprises Make A Change World founders Gary Bencheghib and Sam Bencheghib, Bye Bye Plastic Bags founder Melati Wijsen, Divers Clean Action’s member Tenia Puspa Lestari, the skipper Sebastian Engelhart and filmmaker Aitor Mendilibar, aims to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution.

Dubbed Keliling Bali, the expedition is led by the Bali-raised environmentalist brothers Gary and Sam. Last year, the Bencheghib brothers paddled Citarum River on two plastic bottle kayaks to find shocking visuals to change people’s mindset about waste disposal.

For the upcoming expedition, the activists will document positive local solutions across Bali and communities that have come together to take action on marine plastic pollution.

Read also: Frenchmen kayak down the world’s most polluted river in plastic bottle canoes

Moreover, in partnership with environmental organization Parley for the Oceans, the activists will also host clean ups and educational sessions, engaging communities all along the island.

Keliling Bali is set to kick off at Kendongan Beach, Jimbaran, and it will end on Serangan Island on July 14.

Gary said in a statement,” Having grown up in Bali, we have seen the trash problem on our island worsen year to year. Bali has been on the front page of dozens of news outlets after the national government declared Bali under a state of trash emergency.”

“With so many great initiatives already happening in Bali, we want to highlight their important work and hope to inspire others to make a change. By traveling on a boat that is 100% powered by nature, our goal is to start an island-wide conversation around plastic pollution,” added Sam. (jes/mut)

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