For World Oceans Day 2019, The World Bank released an interview with Blue Ventures’ Dive and Science Assistant Jemima Gomes. The focus of the interview was the problem of marine plastic pollution, and the community response on Atauro Island.
I come from a fishing family. As a child I helped my father pull in the fishing nets every day. Now I work for Blue Ventures and have learnt how to dive and take care of our oceans…
… Atauro now has regular, weekly beach cleanups. Volunteers from different countries and people from our community collect the beach rubbish. At our beach cleanup in Beloi, we count the rubbish and put it in our data sheets. That way we have information and can ask our government to think about the problem and make a plan to keep our ocean clean.
Read the full interview here: Meet the innovator battling plastic waste in Timor-Leste