The Indonesian government is getting religious about reducing it’s plastic waste, teaming up with two large religious organizations to raise awareness.
Indonesia is responsible for 10% of the worlds plastic pollution making it the 2nd in the world to China as the biggest contributor to plastic pollution.
Many parts of Indonesia are currently affected by this pollution, such as the Coral Triangle, part of the world’s largest archipelago. This area is responsible for providing food, incomes, protection from storms and like many parts of Indonesia, tourists.
This threat to incomes, food supply and tourism which can be seen as huge contributor to the Indonesian economy is exactly why the Indonesian Government is spending up to $1 billion annually on cleaning up this pollution.
Alongside this, the government is also teaming up with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah two large religious organisations in Indonesia that collectively have a following of 100 million followers. The two organisations that are known for their significant contributions to charity, are now working to raise awareness and change the habits of their followers.
This leaves us with the question could other large religious organisations use their following and influence to help tackle many of the worlds issues?
Check out other cool religious organisations fighting environmental issues here and here.
Image courtesy of REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo here and JP/Agung Parameswara here