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Transforming Bali into a clean and green island

People living near Matahari Terbit Beach in Sanur, Bali, work together to clear trash, mainly plastic bottles and food packaging, from the beach on Monday. The beach is known as one of the best spots to enjoy sunrises in Bali. However, waste has become a major problem, putting tourists off visiting the beach.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)
Owen Podger
PREMIUM
Jimbaran, Bali   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

The word “transformers” originally meant people that implement significant change. But in 1984 the Japanese company Taraka changed its meaning for millions of little boys, with its toy cars that could be turned into good guys and bad guys, and the good guys always would always win.

David Dkam or Dewa Mahardika is a Balinese school teacher who is creating a new definition of transformers that blends the old meaning and the popular hero meaning. The bad guys are plastic waste and those who do not care for the environment. Plastic waste is a huge problem in Bali as shown in the fantastic new documentary now showing in theatres in Bali, Pulau Plastik, perhaps translated as Island of Plastic.

The good guys are The Transformers (check them on Facebook), school children committed transform the environment, heroes of managing plastic waste. They wear g...

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