Oceans Care Fundraiser Video
ABOUT THE CAUSE
An eclectic team of visionaries: artists, filmmakers, teachers, and entrepreneurs leading a movement to prevent ocean plastic and clean our precious waters.
We will implement a hydro-solar powered wheel that intercepts plastic & trash on one of the most polluted areas in East Indonesia NTB.
Indonesia, along with China and India, are responsible for 30% of global trash production.
THE AMPENAN RIVER PARK
In Indonesia, a locally led team is bringing a hydro-solar powered trash wheel to the Jangkuk River in Lombok, the island’s largest river located 200 meters from the Indian Ocean. The trash wheel was created by U.S. based company Clearwater Mills, and has proven to be a resounding success in Baltimore, Maryland, where it has intercepted over 354 tons of trash flowing in Jones Falls River from reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
Our aim is to revitalize the riverbed in Ampenan, Lombok, into a natural river park. This will create a community hub of recreation and business, using the sustainable technology of the waterwheel trash interceptor to clean the river and keep the trash from flowing into the ocean. We are modeling our vision off of the proven success in Baltimore, where their Inner Harbor has been revitalized as a place of community and tourism, while providing education, awareness, and stewardship of their waterways.
In addition to the implementation of a trash wheel, we will also be working to educate the local community in Lombok about the devastation of our oceans, and working together to promote a working system of waste management. The wheel will collect the trash, with the greatest volume during storm surges, and then emptying it into a large dumpster. There is already a road at the projected site of Jangkuk River’s future trash wheel, which will allow for easy access of transporting the waste. Each container will be brought to a dump in Lombok, where it will be sorted and studied, just like in Baltimore.
We hope to take this project one step further by partnering with companies and artisans who are focused on re-purposing this waste into raw materials for production of goods, such as baskets, bags, lamps, etc. Although this project in based in a single river and town on an island, we believe that it can serve as a model to inspire the rest of SE Asia and the world.