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Communities in Lombok work hand-in-hand to tackle plastic waste

  • Sebastian Partogi

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-   /   Wed, September 23 2020   /  10:51 pm
Health protocols: Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) volunteer on World Cleanup Day on Senggigi Beach, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara while wearing face masks to comply with COVID-19 health protocols. If anything, the pandemic has not lessened Lombok communities’ dedication to protect their environment. In fact, it has boosted people’s awareness about the importance of nurturing our planet.(Existence Now/Christina Alexander)

To mark World Cleanup Day on Sept. 19, local non-profit organization Lombok Ocean Care brought together 652 volunteers to clean up beaches and roads from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., while following COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols. The volunteers included local residents, representatives of the Lombok Environment and Forestry Agency, local NGOs as well as employees of major hotels like the Sheraton Resort, restaurants and minimarkets chains such as Indomaret. They joined forces to clean up Senggigi beach as well as several kilometers of road stretching from Senggigi to Batu Layar. The wide extent of the sites allowed the volunteers to avoid crowding together, all while cleaning their hands regularly using sanitizer and wearing face masks, according to Lombok Ocean Care leader Christine Sakinah Nauderer. “Then, when we had to go into the water to collect the trash, we swi...