How a 90-year-old Balinese Fisherman Fights Plastic Pollution

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Each year, just about 30,000 metric tonnes of plastic pollution enter Indonesia’s waters. How does one man plan to clean it up?

Special thanks to Jackson Wild

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In Indonesia, the ocean plays a critical role in people’s livelihood; from their food to their careers. But that important life source is under threat from overwhelming amounts of plastic.

Unfortunately, this pollution is fueled from one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations, Bali. This, combined with plastic from the rest of the world, washes up on beaches, gets hooked by local fishermen, and damages marine ecosystems.

This film follows Wayan, a 90-year-old Balinese fisherman using all his resources and knowledge to tackle this growing problem, one net of trash at a time.

This is Voice Above Water, a production from Turning Tides Films.

#PlasticPollution #Oceans #PlasticWaste #Plastic #Pollution #Environment #Seeker

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23 comments

ZMAN 420 May 10, 2022 - 7:09 PM

Soon all the ppl who care are going too be gone.

Zubayeer Ahmed May 10, 2022 - 7:15 PM

Such a sad reality

Low Light 9 May 10, 2022 - 7:34 PM

❤️

Mirren Moomin May 10, 2022 - 7:50 PM

Watch the documentary "Seaspiracy" if you want to learn more about pollution, overfishing, and what you can do to help the oceans.

Dr Stone May 10, 2022 - 7:53 PM

Georg Carline . Maybe the earth wanted plastic but didn't quite know how to make it

Sal3600 May 10, 2022 - 8:12 PM

Blah blah blah

TheyCallMeNewb May 10, 2022 - 8:13 PM

To my count, if each individual did the same, there could not be any detritus anywhere that it does not belong.

Suryansh Srivastava May 10, 2022 - 8:44 PM

Just Brilliant

Veggieboy Ultimate May 10, 2022 - 8:51 PM

Richer communities need to take responsibilities and actions to preventing and removing pollution because they are hurting poorer communities in the process.

C C May 10, 2022 - 8:57 PM

Subtitles too small for me to read on phone. Otherwise beautiful video.

Thinker May 10, 2022 - 9:23 PM

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Nicholas Westlund May 10, 2022 - 9:52 PM

What a Beautiful 😍 Family! I will do my part as best I can!

Michael500ca May 10, 2022 - 10:13 PM

The subtitles are too small for me to read.

Kenz300 x May 10, 2022 - 10:14 PM

Litter is disgusting.
Take pride in your home, neighborhood, community and the planet.

Seeker May 10, 2022 - 10:37 PM

How much plastic pollution do you see at your hometown beach? Let us know how you want to stop it down below and keep coming back every Tuesday for more films from around the world!

Vaibhav Dixit May 11, 2022 - 12:17 AM

I am speechless, but motivated. Thank you for bringing this story SEEKER.

Jhovany May 11, 2022 - 1:05 AM

Bro not gonna lie, this documentary makes me wanna cry ahaha. I love his passion. It pains me how greed ruins such beauties of life.

PresidentialWinner May 11, 2022 - 2:11 AM

Is there a way forward? There are technologies, there are bacteria that eat plastic, there are ways to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. But that is all futile if it keeps coming in indefinitely. If we take a long term position on this, maybe in a century we will see the oceans of the world we live in clean. Or maybe they are depleted of fish and filled with plastic. Either way, eventually, humanity will either solve this or go extinct and then life will be back. In a hundred thousand years, which is nothing in the grand scheme of things, nothing will change. The oceans will be clean anyway.

taiyouchan ☀️ May 11, 2022 - 6:05 AM

Thank you for this! Hoping for a brighter and cleaner future.

Chatsta May 11, 2022 - 9:39 AM

Certain countries need to stop being absolute pigs and dumping their waste directly into the rivers and oceans.

Shah May 11, 2022 - 5:09 PM

loved it

Steven Johan May 11, 2022 - 11:18 PM

Thanks for making this documentary. As an Indonesian myself, this is an important concern as Indonesia’s territory is composed of more water than land. I think the concern should be raised to the government and general population in order to protect the sea ecosystem as a lot of Indonesians still ignorant when it comes to pollutions.

Nigel Stratton May 12, 2022 - 1:57 AM

A bit of feedback. Subtitles are too small to read on my phone.