World Oceans Day on Gili Trawangan each year is an incredible event bringing together tourists, divers, ocean enthusiasts and the local community, to learn through hands on workshops, activities and most importantly action for our oceans.
In one single day, participating dive shops that are part of the GIDA alliance worked together in a pledge to clean every single dive site around the Gilis and to record all debris that was found on the sites. These dive shops recovered a staggering 94,7kg of marine debris from our coral reefs – in just one morning!
Yet, luckily on some dive sites, no news was good news as it was made apparent that many of our dive sites and coral reefs around Gilis were clean and clear of marine debris. This is valuable data to prove that seasonal changes, rainy season and ocean currents can either bring in a huge tide of plastic or drift it elsewhere. Even our non-diving ocean lovers that jumped on paddleboards and cruised and cleared the channel of floating surface plastics found very little in the way of normal wrappers, plastic bags and straws that we usually recover.
One month after World Ocean’s day, we carried out more underwater and surface clean ups, and our dive sites remain free of debris, fantastic work by all the clean sea enthusiasts that joined in!
Those who enjoyed to spend the day on land joined all day beach events, and our eco pop up market at Sama Sama bringing everyone to the beach to watch and join budding eco warriors in a huge beach clean in the harbor area and around the mosque’s snorkel waiting area and together collected a further 199kg of debris before it entered our ocean! Kids joined in with games, crafts, science experiments and beach clean bingo, energetically cleaning the beach of all the items on their bingo sheet and then learning how to recycle them, or to explore better alternatives to the plastic that they found.
The Gili Eco Trust aims to teach, inspire and take action and World Oceans Day 2019 was an amazing event to show that working together, we really can start to make changes towards a waste free island! We are hoping to carry out the same underwater clean up survey of all the Gili Islands dive sites in 6months time, to see if there is a change in rubbish totals we find in rainy season.
If you missed World Oceans day but you would like to learn more of the work of the Gili Eco Trust, or you would like to take action against plastics in our ocean, then join us for Debris Free Friday each week at 5pm, or sign up for one of our eco-tours exploring Gili Trawangan’s zero waste and sustainability projects.