Denpasar - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim expressed his admiration on the efforts by the young people of Indonesia related to plastic trash management that now becomes a global problem, including in the country.
The statement was made by President Kim when meeting with a number of institutions, communities and NGOs focusing on environment issues at Ngurah Rai Forest Park or popularly known as Mangrove Information Center (MIC) in Suwung Kauh area, Denpasar, on Friday (6/7).
In the meeting, President Kim was accompanied by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo and Minister of General Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono.
“I am very impressed with the attempts from these young people in fighting against plastic garbage. Sea cleanliness isn’t for surfers and divers only but it will influence all because environment is a very fundamental problem for human lives in the future,” said President Kim.
In the occasion, the Director of the Indonesian Movement of Plastic Bag Diet Tiza Mafira said what she and her movement had done to push the government formulating regulations in limiting plastic trash by imposing tax and forbidding public.
“Banjarmasin and Balikpapan are two cities in Indonesia that successfully apply “plastic bag isn’t free” (project). Both are coastal cities with many rivers thus contribute for preventing plastic bag coming into the sea. Since the project has been applied in 2016, the use of plastic bag in Banjarmasin has gone down by 95% and the selling of woven bags carrying local wisdom has increased,” said Tiza.
Tiza, who is awarded by UN Environment as Ocean Hero 2018, also said Padang, Cimahi and Malang cities were in the process of issuing regulations on limiting the use of plastic bags.
In the same event, Kevin Kumala, founder of Avani Eco, said it wasn’t essay to lower the use of plastic bags in short term but didn’t mean impossible. Avani Eco is the producer of eco-friendly bio plastic products made from cassava, corn, cane and other ingredients.
“3R Movement, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle takes a quite long time to see the results, but that doesn’t mean that is impossible as long as all people are committed. In addition, we must also make public campaign for another R, which is Replace or making replacements,” said Kevin.