Target: Susi Pudjiastuti, minister of Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Goal: Thank Indonesia for pledging $1 billion to reduce marine waste.
Indonesia has made an ambitious pledge to reduce the nation’s ocean waste by 70 percent by 2025 with a budget of $1 billion. The plan, which was announced at the 2017 World Oceans Summit, is part of the United Nations’ Clean Seas campaign. Nine other countries have joined the campaign, but Indonesia’s involvement is especially crucial. Indonesia is not only the second largest contributor to ocean waste, but also the most biologically diverse region on the planet. The nation’s many islands lie in the heart of a network of coral reef ecosystems that sustain millions of people and protect countless marine species, making plastic a particularly malignant threat.
According to the country’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs, the $1 billion allowance will likely be invested in creating more sustainable industries, taxing plastic bags, and educating the public, among other initiatives. The nation certainly has its work cut out for it: an inadequate waste management system and some public resistance to certain “green” initiatives will likely complicate this already challenging goal. However, whether or not Indonesia’s goal is ultimately met, this country deserves recognition for striving to reduce its environmental impact. Show your support for this much-needed plan by signing the letter below.
Dear Honorable Susi Pudjiastuti,
I would like to thank Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries for pledging $1 billion to reduce the nation’s marine waste by 70 percent by 2025. This noble and ambitious plan is a vital step toward protecting Indonesia’s incredible biodiversity and precious natural resources from plastic waste, one of the ocean’s greatest threats. I applaud Indonesia for recognizing this serious issue and hope that this plan will inspire other nations to adopt similar environmental initiatives.
[Your Name Here]
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