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Group to install trash booms to protect Bali's waterways

  • Jessicha Valentina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  12:44 am

It is estimated that about 80 percent of plastic waste in the oceans comes from rivers and other streams. With that in mind, Make a Change World, a media organization that shares inspirational content about sustainability, plans to install 100 trash booms in waterways around Bali under a project called Sungai Watch.

Founded by brothers Sam and Gary Bencheghib, Make a Change World has launched several environmental initiatives, including #PlasticBottleCitarum, when they spent two weeks cruising the world’s most polluted river on plastic-bottle canoes.

This time, Sam and Gary, who grew up in Bali, have decided to install the first trash boom on the Yeh Poh River.  

“In launching 100 trash booms around Bali, we felt we needed to protect the very river we grew up in,” Gary told The Jakarta Post via a messaging app on Thursday.

“Since we’re mapping i...