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#EUBeachCleanUp Act Now! Together to Protect Marine Life Talk Show

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Coinciding with the World Coastal CleanUp Day, Delegation of the European Union (EU) through #EUBeachCleanUp campaign organized a talk show titled “Together to Protect Marine life” on September 18, 2021, a very insightful three sessions, inviting environment experts and enthusiasts. 

Every year, millions of tons of litter end up in the ocean with a direct and deadly effect on wildlife including seabirds, whales, fish, and invertebrates, as well as corals. “We recognise this dire situation – and we have to act together to tackle this issue. To do this, since last July, we have been in partnership with more than 40 local communities in Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua, and from Sulawesi to Sumba, in collecting tons of waste from all parts of beaches in order to protect the marine life,” stated Vincent Piket, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia, during the talk show.

The talk show featured a line-up of environmental activists and experts who discussed and shared their views and actions to address plastic waste and marine litter. The speakers include Henriette Faergemann of the EU Delegation, Wijaya Surya of Beach Clean Up Jakarta, Tiza Mafira of Indonesian Plastic Bag Diet Movement (GIDKP), Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa of Hasanuddin University, Ranitya Nurlita of House of Millennials, Devrisal Djabumir of Aru Island Dream School, Hari Kushandarto of RARE Indonesia, Nur Almira Rahadyan of Greenation Foundation Indonesia and Rifat Muharam of Misool Foundation. The talk show concluded with the announcement of winners from a social media competition, who showcased their actions in reducing plastic waste.

On 17 September 2021, the EU Delegation together with representatives of the Jakarta Provincial Government, embassies of EU Member States, and civil society groups carried out beach cleaning activities on Damar Island, an uninhabited island at the Thousand Islands, Jakarta where surprisingly found many plastic waste. These beach cleaning activities have been organised since July throughout Indonesia – and will continue until the end of October.

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