The Coral Triangle in South East Asia is home to one of the most biodiverse marine environments on our planet but plastic pollution is rapidly degrading this delicate ecosystem. To prevent the Coral Triangle from being suffocated by plastic, the No-Trash Triangle Initiative was founded on Bangka Island, North Sulawesi, in late 2017 by marine scientists from Indonesia, Italy and Germany.
No-Trash Triangle Initiative takes a four pillar approach to tackle the plastic problem from all angles:
- Implementing a waste collection and management model
- Raising awareness in the local community
- Supporting research and innovation
- Encouraging corporate responsibility
The ultimate goal is to create an adaptable and sustainable model on Bangka Island that can be rolled out to other small Indonesian islands and coastlines and perhaps even exported to regions further afield with similar geographic properties. Cooperation with other communities is vital if we want to tackle the plastic waste problem and help preserve the coral reefs, mangroves and all ocean life.
No-Trash Triangle Initiative, in partnership with Seasoldier, is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative education program that will teach junior high school students on Bangka Island, North Sulawesi about the environment surrounding them and the importance of looking after our oceans. The program will cover topics such as the coral reef, mangroves and sea grass beds, and will take students out of the classroom to experience these ecosystems. The program been designed with the local community to ensure that it’s relevant and interesting for the students, and the lessons will be delivered by local representatives from Seasoldier. The idea is that this customisation will result in the students being more engaged and inspired.
Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the program to support their applications for further training after school. All participants will become ambassadors of the ocean and some might even become the next generation of marine biologists. Principal of the local junior high school, Mr Jodi Umboh says, “This program is very important in helping our students realise how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful place and that they must help look after it so that it survives into the future.” Bangka Island, is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle which is the most biodiverse of all ocean environments. It is surrounded by beautiful reefs and a wide range of marine life. However, as is the case on many small Indonesian islands, this exquisite environment is under threat due to ocean plastic and polluted water.
The No-Trash Triangle Initiative has been working in North Sulawesi since 2017 to create a waste management and community engagement program that can be replicated on other islands. “Creative education is a key part of the sustainable and replicable model we are developing together,” according to the No-Trash Triangle Initiative. “If the younger generation understands their environment, the impact their actions have and the possible solutions there are, they become a crucial part in implementing these solutions and fighting plastic pollution.” Besides education, the No-Trash Triangle Initiative also supports scientific research and innovation, leads a waste collection program that has up to today, sent over 500 bags of ocean plastic to be recycled and encourages corporate responsibility in Europe and Indonesia. Once the new educational program has been completed in December 2019, the Initiative will work with Seasoldier to make sure that it can be replicated on other small islands around the Coral Triangle, adapting it according to local needs.
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