The Role Foundation participated in the Sanur Beach Clean-up in collaboration with volunteers from the Art of Living.
The millions of tons of debris that finds its way into the world’s oceans each year has devastating affects on marine wildlife. Sea birds, turtles and marine mammals are tangled in discarded fishing line and thousands more ingest the increasing amount of plastic floating in the oceans. Much of the debris littering Bali’s beaches is brought in on the tides from other destinations, yet a large proportion comes directly from Bali, finding its way to the coast through rivers and streams.
Ten members of the Role team arrived at the beach in North Sanur to tackle this problem directly and focused on a river that flowed directly into the sea, depositing large amounts of trash all over the beach at low tide. The team worked hard wading though filthy water with rotting fish carcasses to remove plastic bags, flip flops, and all manner of rubbish. After two hours work fifteen large rice bags had been filled and the river was looking decidedly cleaner than it had earlier that afternoon. Unfortunately, it was not possible to remove all the rubbish as the conditions were so bad and proper equipment such as wellington boots and gloves are essential for any future attempt to clean the area.
The clean up did make an impact on the local community, with residents coming to watch what was happening and commending the team on their efforts. Hopefully, the message will be absorbed and go some way to preventing an immediate return to the dumping of trash in the area.
Role would like to thank the Art of Living for organizing the beach clean up and Coca Cola for donating refreshments for the event. The state of the world’s oceans is an issue that affects all of us and we have a duty to try and maintain its health for future generations.