Bali Cleans Up its Act

Bali is suiting up to destroy its number one public enemy: pollution. Under the new Bali Clean & Green program, 100,000 Balinese scoured some 50 beaches for washed-up trash on August 27. This comes in advance of a Clean Up Bali day, September 20, in conjunction with Clean Up the World weekend.

"We're also trying to create greater awareness, getting locals and visitors connected and clued into the threat garbage poses, especially plastic," Nunie Kneip, Bali Clean & Green's coordinator said in a statement.

Bali is part of an archipelago of 17,000 islands, making it easy for trash from one island to wash away to the shores of another, and the "trash vortex," an ominous floating garbage pile roughly the size of Texas that floats in the North Pacific, offers its own contribution to the problem.

"We have a strong determination for environmental responsibility and encourage our crew to participate in preservation with everything we do," Jeff Anderson, South Asia CEO for Rip Curl, a global manufacturer of surf products said in a statement. "Whether trash is washed up from ocean currents or abandoned directly on the island's beaches, our mission is to bring greater awareness to the situation both locally and worldwide."

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