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Bye Bye Plastic Bags actions to include more beach clean-ups

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 March, 2017 - Bye Bye Plastic Bags helped organised the One Island One Voice beach clean-up on Sunday, 19 February 2017. This event was a major success with 12,000 people attending at 55 locations around the island and collecting approximately 40 tonnes of waste, all in 1 day! To give you an idea on the scale of this event, below is a video containing the highlights of the event.

From February 22nd to 24th, the founders of Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Melati and Isabel, attended the World Ocean Summit held in Nusa Dua. It was a very valuable and productive 3 days, starting with a private breakfast with the head of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Erik Solheim, and then continued with a stroll down the beach where the girls had the opportunity to share the findings and facts from the One Island One Voice clean up.

They were then joined by the Indonesian Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Ibu Siti Nurbaya Bakar, and the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Bapak Luhut Pandjaitan for the launch of UNEP’s global program, #CleanSeas, and the release of the “National Action Plan” for Indonesia’s plastic problem. The summit closed with the girls taking centre stage in front of a packed ballroom to discuss the importance of youth involvement in tackling this plastic problem and calling for an effective implementation of the action plan so that the government's efforts does not stop at its release as is usually the case.

On Sunday, 26 February 2017, Bye Bye Plastic Bags had the opportunity to screen a documentary called “A Plastic Ocean” at the Tugu Hotel, Batu Bolong. It was an eye-opening film, highlighting the consequences of our global consumer lifestyle towards the world's oceans. We were also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to hold a special Q&A session afterwards with the executive advisor of the film, David Jones.

It was a very enlightening night and we were grateful to have great turnout for this screening. We hope that this film may spark audiences to think differently about their consumer lifestyle and push them more to reduce the use of plastic in order to keep our oceans beautiful and free from plastic pollution.

Tim Hain

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