130,000 tons of garbage is produced in Indonesia each day, and about 50% of this ends up in the garbage heap. The rest is either burned up by the locals or thrown directly into nature. This causes havoc in the air and sea. Indonesia is the second largest producer of ocean garbage in the world after China. Much of this is due to lack of knowledge.
I have traveled quite a bit to Bali and every time I go it seems as if their garbage problem gets bigger and bigger. Garbage is thrown into the forest and makes its way into the ocean during the monsoon season. Avid surfers can ride the Garbage Tube, where garbage is so condensed it fills the wave. A burning pile of garbage can be seen outside of every home, the fumes poisoning the air.
A major cause of poor waste management is poverty and lack of education. I want to help the people and the oceans of Bali by supporting educational initiatives. This is why I want to help fundraise for R.O.L.E Foundation, who is working on exactly this issue and needs money to operate their educational centers for poor and marginalized women. Supporting marginalized women with education and training empowers these women and their families to make informed choices and helps raise them out of poverty.
To raise money for this cause, I will walk all 7 mountains surrounding Bergen, Norway in 1 day.
I need your help to make this happen, together we can make a small effort for the ocean and air we all need and love!