Humans produce something everyday that is usually considered useless. You know what it is? Trash! Today we collaborated with Trash Hero Komodo, an organisation that really cares about trash. 

Trash Hero believes that every one of us can be a Trash Hero. Started in Thailand in 2013, now the organisation consists of 135 official chapters all around the world and Komodo is one of them.

Today we had a chance to join one of their weekly Friday cleanups at Binongko Beach. Trough these cleanup activities, Trash Hero aims to inspire and educate others to reduce their single-use plastic footprint while helping to clean beaches and cities in a fun way.

MantaWatch collaborates with Trash Hero because trash on land washes into rivers and eventually to the ocean. Plastic marine debris reduces the health of our oceans, and is a threat to marine wildlife such as mantas that ingest or become entangled in the waste. A 2015 study published in Science found that Indonesia is the world’s second biggest producer of marine debris.

So by collaborating with Trash Hero we can help protect manta rays. And we can also help to make our world a better and cleaner place.

 

We can all be a Trash Hero by taking simple steps in our daily lives such as carrying a reusable water bottle and not using single-use plastics such as drinking straws. Visit https://trashhero.org/edu/ to find out more about this great program.

 

 

Irianies C Gozali

Irianies C Gozali

Irianies Gozali is the first MIP from the Univeristy of Sriwijaya in Palembang, Sumatra. Irianies really interested with shark and ray conservation. She's got grant from WWF Indonesia for her thesis focused about shark in Muncar, East Java and now she's learn about manta in Labuan Bajo with MantaWatch in MIP 2019 program.