The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) applauds the government of Indonesia for its commitment to reduce 70% of plastic pollution in the country by the end of 2025, as announced by Gen. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs during the World Oceans Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

This commitment is a giant leap for Indonesia. It reflects the country’s strong leadership in the region and its deep commitment to solving the crisis of marine pollution caused by plastic debris that end up in our oceans and seas.

The country’s statement of commitment comes at a crucial time, when the world’s waters are becoming marine landfills, when marine lives are drowning in garbage, and when ecological and human health are gravely threatened by the onslaught of marine pollution.

Indonesia has just become a great example to its neighbors in the ASEAN region and to the whole world. This commitment is the Indonesian government’s recognition of the problem we all face, and the critical role this archipelagic country aims to play in solving this problem. We hope more governments would follow the example of Indonesia.

Indeed, we are connected by the oceans. We are all affected by the ecological crisis caused by marine pollution. Let us all pledge our resolve to fight these common challenges so that we may leave behind a healthier environment for the future generations.

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