Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver celebrate Bali Beach Clean Up 10th Anniversary in Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2017

Bali Accredited as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali often represents Indonesia in the global scene. However, in the past decades there has been a growing concern about the amount of rubbish in the island. The increasing number of citizens and tourists is not the only trigger, from December to March strong west winds and ocean currents send waves of garbage from the neighbouring island of Java onto the Beaches of Bali.   

ABOUT BALI BEACH CLEAN UP

Spurred by the concerning amount of rubbish in Bali, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (CCAI) and Quiksilver Indonesia (QS) took a real action in keeping the Bali beaches clean and green by initiating Bali Beach Clean Up (BBCU) in 2007, a daily clean-up programme in five main beaches of Bali.

As of July 2017 Bali Beach Clean Up teams has removed more than 34 million kg of rubbish from 9.7 kilometres of shoreline in Bali. The programme is powered by 150 new bins per year, 4 beach tractors, 2 barber surf rakes, 3 garbage trucks, and—most importantly—78 crews from local communities surrounding the beaches. Apart from running the programme, BBCU crews also act as ambassadors to promote what BBCU is all about: the importance of taking care of our environment.

 “The waste problem belongs to all of us. The better the collaboration between the government, private sector, and communities—the better and faster improvement we will get,” says Kadir Gunduz, President Director, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia.  “Since it started ten years ago, we are always proud of Bali Beach Clean Up and its contribution to the environment and the communities. That being said, we believe that there is always more to be done and we sincerely hope that our program will encourage more people and organisation to run towards the same goal for our environment; a much better one.”

The cleaner beaches is good news not only for the visitors but also for sea turtles. After getting reports about the increasing numbers of turtle eggs found on the beach, CCAI and QS decided to establish and run Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation (KBSTC) as part of BBCU program. More than 140,000 baby turtles are released back to the ocean since the establishment of KBSTC in 2010.

ABOUT BALI’S BIG ECO WEEKEND

Complementing the daily BBCU program, Bali’s Big Eco Weekend (BBEW) is an annual festival through which CCAI and QS share BBCU story and try to drive more supports from everyone in Bali to keep Bali beaches clean and green.

To start the weekend, CCAI and Quiksilver collaborate with Greeneration Foundation and governmental bodies from national and local level, to hold an eco forum which is themed: New Generation of Tourism: For The Love Of Our Environment. Speakers and participants come from across all sectors to discuss waste management as an important factor in Indonesia’s plan to boost 10 new tourism destinations known as the "10 New Balis”.

Bali Beach Eco Weekend attended by l Ministers, Minister of Environment and Forestry Ibu Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc, welcome Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, represented by Bapak Safri Burhanuddin-Deputy for Coordinating Human Resources, Science-Technology, and Maritime Culture; Bapak Imam Prasodjo, Special Staff for Minister of Environment and Forestry; Minister of Environment, represented by Bapak Sudirman, Director of Waste Management; Minister of Industry, represented by Bapak Willem Riwu--Director of Beverage, Tobacco, and Refreshment; Louisa Andrea Miss Earth Indonesia 2016, and Quiksilver global athletes—including world champions Mark Richards (4 times International Professional Surfers World Champion), Tom Carroll (2 times Professional Surfers World Champion), Matt Hoy (10 years World Championship Tour Competitor), and local legends, Rizal Tanjung, Ketut Menda, and Gemala Hanafiah.

With special emphasize on number 10, the festival exhibits the progress of BBCU after 10 years to inspire others to think and take more involvement for a sustainable future of the environment. This message is also conveyed through various eco-activities such as eco brick workshop, kite competition, fruit carving competition, lifeguards race, eco-food stalls, #ROXYFitness run and yoga, sand sculpture, beach clean-up, and the most-awaited sea turtle hatchlings release.

Also participating in Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 were key NGOs among them Greeneration Foundation, Bye Bye Plastic Bag, Yayasan Geombang Udara Sehat, Bali Animal Welfare Association, Earth Hour Denpasar, Yayasan Jegeg Bagus, Bengkel Energi, Rebelines, Malu Dong Buang Sampah Sembarangan, ROLE Foundation, Bali Sea Turtle Conservation.