Bali's Big Eco Weekend 2016

Strengthen The Commitment to Support a Clean and Green Bali, CCAI and Quiksilver Held Bali's Big Eco Weekend 2016

Accredited as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali represents Indonesia in the global scene. As Bali becomes more and more famous, the number of citizen and tourist continue to increase, bringing along a serious waste problem. 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 iconic beaches in Bali.

Through BBCU, CCAI and QS daily clean-up 9.7 kilometres of shoreline in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, and Kedonganan. The programme has 78 cleaning crews, 150 new bins per year, 4 beach tractors, 2 barber surf rakes, and 3 garbage trucks, and as of this year, BBCU has collected more than 31 million kilograms rubbish from these Bali’s major beaches with a great collaboration between CCAI, QS, Bali government, and local communities.

“The waste problem belongs to all parts of the society and it requires a good collaboration between the government and private sector, working hand in hand, to continue making improvement. We believe that the positive spirit behind Bali Beach Clean Up is contagious, and we sincerely hope that more people and organisation will run towards the same goal for our environment, a much better one,” says Kadir Gunduz, President Director, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia.

The continuous effort and contribution of BBCU is recognise by United Nation World Tourism Organization in the 12nd UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, where BBCU became the first runner up for “Innovation in Enterprises” category. Aims to raise awareness and minimize the impact of rubbish on the tropical beaches of Bali, BBCU also supports the tourism industry, the surf lifesaving industry and the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation (KBSTC). As a continuation of Bali Beach Clean Up, in 2010 CCAI and QS strengthen our commitment to support safe environment by building Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation (KBSTC).

Since then, the number of eggs collected has significantly increased from 1,947 eggs in 2002 to 2008, to 122,230 eggs in 2009 to 2015. While the regular Bali Beach Clean Up has been contributing some impacts, through Bali’s Big Eco Weekend (BBEW) CCAI and QS are trying to drive more supports from everyone in Bali to keep Bali beaches clean and green.

This year, Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 is being held at Padma Beach, Legian, Bali, on Saturday (30/7). Inviting tourists, communities, and local governments, Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 exhibits the progress of BBCU and inspires others to think and do what we can for a sustainable environment through various eco-activities, including #ROXYFitness 3K run, #ROXYFitness Yoga, Coke Kicks, lifesavers race, sand sculpture, beach clean-up, and the most-awaited sea turtle hatchlings release.

“Today, we invite everyone to participate and witness the release of 1,300 sea turtle hatchlings back to their habitat, hoping that this joyful event will serve as a platform for educating more people about sea turtle conservation,” says Paul Hutson, CEO of Quiksilver South-East Asia.

Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 proudly welcome I Ketut Suiasa, Deputy Badung Regent, A.A. Gede Alit Sastrawan, Head of Bali Environmental Agency, IB. Ngurah Wijaya, Head of Bali Tourism Board, Cokorda Raka Dharmawan, Head of Badung Tourism Agency,Belinda Pritasari (Miss Earth Indonesia 2015), 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. Also participating in Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 were key communities, among them Kopernik, Earth Hour, Rebelines, and Sobat Bumi.

Those who cannot attend the event can still support Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 through Bali’s Big Eco Golf, a fundraising activity to contribute in the cleanliness of Bali’s beaches, which will be held in September 2016.

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Bali’s Big Eco Weekend 2016 is sponsored by Telkom Indonesia, Australian Consulate General Bali, and supported by Virgin Australia, MNC Group, Padma Hotels, and El John Foundation.