Every 12 months, nearly 8 million tons of plastic find yourself in our oceans. Marine plastic air pollution threatens marine species, ocean well being, meals security and high quality, human well being, coastal tourism and contributes to local weather change.

It additionally has a extreme influence on our economies.

“The economic loss due to marine plastic pollution is estimated to reach $14 billion annually due to damaged fisheries and reduced tourism,” the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Jakarta stated in a press launch. 

Marine plastic air pollution is a world difficulty.

“Marine plastic pollution is a global concern and it is a transboundary issue that requires collaborative action,” Vong Sok, ASEAN Secretariat’s Head of Environment Division, stated in his inaugural remarks on the finals of a youth video contest in Jakarta on Friday (Oct.8).  

The contest was nearly organized collectively by the CSEAS and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) to lift consciousness about marine plastic air pollution amongst ASEAN youth and educate them on find out how to use the digital platform to precise their artistic and progressive concepts about decreasing plastic air pollution.

With the theme “Reducing Plastic Pollution toward Sustainable Lifestyle”, the competition additionally aimed to assist the ASEAN Regional Action Plan for combating marine particles in ASEAN member states. 

 “The ASEAN Secretariat is very happy with this event due to the contribution of the ASEAN Regional Action Plan on Combating Marine Debris and the role of youth is needed to find the solution,” Vong stated.

Why ASEAN?

According to Trisha Dantiani, a contestant from the University of Indonesia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines are the only real contributors of 57 % of plastic particles in oceans throughout the globe. Four nations out of 5 greatest polluters on the earth are from Southeast Asia.

Indonesia is the second greatest producer of marine plastic particles on the earth after China. It is an alarming scenario.

In an effort to assist ASEAN member states in combating plastic air pollution, Norway, a small Nordic nation however very influential in preventing marine plastic air pollution, is totally cooperating with ASEAN to attain the latter’s local weather change targets.

“Ocean sustainability and green health is one of Norway’s main policy priorities and also a key component in our cooperation with ASEAN,” Valentin Musungwa, second secretary on the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, stated on the occasion.

Norway has an bold plan to develop into local weather impartial by 2030 and a “low carbon society” by 2050.

In truth, the competition was organized as a part of the ASEAN-Norwegian Cooperation Project on Local Capacity Building for Reducing Plastic Pollution within the ASEAN Region (ASEANO).  

“One of the components of the ASEANO Project is education. Awareness in the  young generation is important to reduce plastic pollution in ASEAN,” Musungwa stated.

Youth can play a key position in combating marine plastic air pollution sooner or later.

“An informed, engaged and committed mass of young people can help … to combat plastic pollution in respect to ASEAN countries and the region as well,” Musungwa stated.

The video contest was geared toward participating youth within the marketing campaign to fight plastic air pollution.

“This competition is part of our effort to encourage youth to participate in the global discourse on plastic pollution through their creative ideas and campaigning the negative impact of plastic pollution. They can give their ideas for alternative solutions,” Arisman, Executive Director of CSEAS in addition to a member of the panel of judges, stated.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a report 150 younger folks from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand submitted their entries. Every participant should make a 3-minute lengthy artistic video according to the theme. 

The panel of judges, comprising of consultants from Facebook, Google, BBC, NCS, ASEAN Foundation and NIVA, chosen 10 finalists. The panel of judges chosen Tayzar Min Aung from Yangon University of Economics, Myanmar, Le Thu Thuy from the Academy of Journalism and Communication, Vietnam, and Trisha from the University of Indonesia because the winners.

Each winner will obtain a money prize of US$750 every.

There isn’t any scarcity of expertise amongst participates, who got here up with a number of artistic concepts to convey the message to cut back plastic air pollution. 

“It is time to stop. We need character education building for the younger generation to combat plastic pollution toward a sustainable lifestyle,” stated Diandra Syifa Aulia from Diponegero University, Semarang, Indonesia, in her video. 

Is plastic an exquisite factor?

“Plastics are wonderful because they are durable. And it is awful because it is durable,”stated Tayzar, who received the primary prize within the contest.

Many contestants conveyed that doing easy issues like avoiding utilization of plastics individually might convey main change on the earth. Who is aware of, possibly at some point we shall be free from marine plastic particles.  



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