If you're reading this it's probably likely you're either a regular traveler to Bali, or you might even be lucky enough to be an expat.
For those who don’t know Bali, it has its amazing beaches, surf breaks, resorts, villas and some of the best restaurants in the world, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes this destination so much more than just a holiday from reality.
For those who know Bali, they will have experienced that Bali is the one place where you can truly lose yourself; the culture, the atmosphere, and the warm-hearted people are some of the many reasons, you will become enthralled in what is, Bali.
Unfortunately though, as Indonesian tourism numbers have increased, there is now more debris and rubbish being discarded on the roads by street vendors, locals, and tourists than ever before. When it rain, and over the last few months it has definitely rained (A LOT) - the debris on the streets is washed into the drains and eventually ends up in our oceans.
Now debris and rubbish in the streets might not be something you notice much, but you need to remember that this rubbish is ending up in the ocean you swim at daily, or on the beach you walk along every morning...
Over the last few years, our team has always supported different causes in Bali, both large and small, and for a while now we've been trying to put together an initiative that could help make a difference to the beaches and waterways throughout Bali. We were told about this amazing day that is happening on February 19th, to help clean Bali's Beaches.
It's being run by some amazing people and businesses, including Melati and Isabel Wijsen - the founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags - a social initiative driven by children, driven by the youth to get the people of Bali to say no to plastic bags.
When we found out that this campaign was backed by the Founders and sisters, Melati (15) and Isabel (13) Wijsen who started Bye Bye Plastic Bags we had to share it with our audience!
These girls were inspired by a lesson in class that talked about significant people who made a difference - house hold names like Nelson Mandela, Lady Diana, Mahatma Ghandi. They went home that day and thought “What can we do as children living in Bali, what can we do NOW.” Bye Bye Plastic Bags was born in 2013 and now has a volunteer team of 25-30 students from all schools around Bali, local and international. And has become a well known international movement of inspiration, youth empowerment, and of course, saying no to plastic bags. To find out more about them, check out their TED talk, it's inspirational.
The event will be a single day, where we can all show our love for Bali by cleaning all of Bali's coastline in JUST ONE single day. February 19th, and we want all of our clients, supporters and fans to join this movement - 'ONE ISLAND ONE VOICE / SATU PULAU SATU SUARA'.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
As a collective movement of 15 organizations, they have chosen 20 locations around the islands coastline. Every location has a coordinator and volunteers to do a clean up on February 19. Different locations can have different starting times. But all on February 19.
Check the map below, for details and info of which coordinator to contact for the beach clean up, close to you. If you cannot make it to the beach, you can clean up your village, street & rivers.
PROBLEMS WILL NOT BE SOLVED, UNLESS YOU GET INVOLVED.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- A reusable bottle with water
- Gloves or a stick to pick up trash
- Your own rice bag to collect garbage
- Look for Penjor / Flag to recognize the start location
- A smile & good vibes
WHERE WILL THE TRASH GO?
- Eco Bali Recycle Station
- Re > Pal
- Waste Bank
- Pick Up by DKP