Gili T Collects 10,000 Plastic Bags At World Clean-Up Day

Gili T Collects 10,000 Plastic Bags At World Clean-Up Day

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19th September 2020 was World Clean-Up Day, a global movement around 180 countries to rid our planet of the waste and trash that is suffocating its wildlife and natural wonders. This year was the third year that the worldwide movement took action, with more than 11 million people from 165 countries contributing to the greening of our planet. The people in Indonesia did not hesitate to contribute. With the theme of “United for Clean Indonesia”, they took a step further from just sorting and cleaning the trash at home to uniting the country for a day of deep clean up.


To contribute to this meaningful day, Gili Eco Trust decided to take their part and headed to the Gili Trawangan island dump with 40+ volunteers with the mission to clear as many plastic bags and wrappers as possible in one hour. With September weather rolling in, the islands of Gili were dry, without much rain to carry waste from the landfills to the oceans. However, the strong September winds could easily blow light plastic bags and wrappers around, meaning they could end up anywhere from the middle of the Pacific to someone’s backyard. To prevent the horror of flying plastic bag creatures, the huge group of volunteers worked tirelessly through the blazing heat. In the end, they were able to transform the artificially-coloured plastic bag contaminated fields into a beautiful green landscape of towering coconut trees, collecting a total of 10,000 plastic bags in just one hour.

With the huge quantity of plastic bags that were collected, they were able to either recycle or sealed in refuse sacks to prevent any more of these bags to fly back to the dump. It is said that 60% of waste in the dumps can be recycled or repurposed. Regarding plastic wrappers and bags, Gili Eco Trust was able to send clear and opaque plastic bags to various facilities in Indonesia who accepted them for recycling. Unfortunately, with the unrecyclable coloured or printed plastic bags, they had to use the second alternative of tightly sealing these bags into refuse sacks/ blocks to keep the plastics from entering back into the environment.


The work Gili Eco Trust is committed to, even with the current Covid restrictions and obstacles, is truly respectable. However, we can still make their work, and the work of everyone else trying to clean the polluted environment, easier by cutting the supply of single-use products in our daily lives. Gili Eco Trust suggests that buying your own recyclable products (they have their own shop selling eco shopping totes and Tasini’s), buying plastic-free food/ ingredients, and picking up at least 3 pieces of the trash whenever you are at the beach are just a few examples of how we can also support their efforts and the environment. 

Photos from the 2020 September 19th World Clean-Up Day


Family Festival Cancellation

Unfortunately, due to the 2019-nCoV situation or Coronavirus, the school has decided to cancel all gatherings of over 40 people until August 2020. This was decided by the Singapore government in support of international crisis management. It is quite disappointing as the Family Festival is an exciting and important opportunity for us as a GC. The implications include:

  • Major finance and fund opportunity lost
  • A lost opportunity to sell our products

Destructive Fishing Techniques (Dynamite and Cyanide Fishing)


As part of Gili Eco Trust, we strongly discourage and look down upon fishing techniques that do more harm than good such as dynamite fishing and cyanide fishing in which other fish and corals are damaged or killed unnecessarily. Below are two examples of what happens when for instance cyanide or dynamite fishing techniques are used:

Coral reefs are important marine and aquatic ecosystems that have huge biodiversity supporting many species. Coral reefs are found around the equator so mainly in tropical regions between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer or 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator. The ocean here is mainly calm, warm and not much wind. Coral reefs also help neighbouring ecosystems like mangroves, seagrass beds and deep-ocean ecosystems.

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Project Week

As the culminating outdoor education experience at UWCSEA is Project Week in Grade 11 when small groups of students plan their own trips that combine adventure and service, and they travel to a site in the region unaccompanied. South-East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia are the most popular destinations. 

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Turtles are finding their way back to Gili Trawangan!

Huge changes occurred on Gili Trawangan when the government took to the beach and ordered the clearance of all buildings and structures on the sandy side of Trawangan’s main path.

The government informed all the businesses to take structures, tables and sunbeds off the beach. Although they are still clearing the rubble and foundations, our beaches are now reverting back to their natural state. You can actually see the sea from the main street and the beach isn’t littered with little jewellery stands and restaurants. A true tropical paradise is reviving! Continue reading “Turtles are finding their way back to Gili Trawangan!”

2019 Gili Strong Triathlon

The 6th Sporting event to take place in Gili Trawangan, the Gili Strong Triathlon was a big success. The registration fees collected from 28 teams and 35 individuals amounted to 10.6 million rupiah, with all of it going towards the NGO. This is because the local government provided the prize money, and local businesses provided prizes. A raffle was also held, which raised another 12.8 million rupiah. Also, their pop-up eco market stall was at the Gili Festival (a 3-day event after the triathlon) and in total it made 3.7 million rupiah. Continue reading “2019 Gili Strong Triathlon”

Initial Reflection and Moving Forward for 2019/2020

November 12th, 2019

It is now the 6th session of Gili Eco Trust in the 2019 – 2020 academic year, and a lot of the initial set-up has been completed. 

Our first session on the 10th of September involved a basic overview of both the GC and the NGO. The leaders summarized their aims and their methods. For example, they explained what biorock is, and why helping the Gili islands is so important. They also gave us the link to the Gili Eco Trust NGO website. Continue reading “Initial Reflection and Moving Forward for 2019/2020”

The ROLE Plastic Conference 2019

Last month, members of the Gili Eco Trust foundation travelled to Bali to join the ROLE Foundation’s 3rd annual conference and debate regarding the ‘Zero Waste to Ocean’ debate.  

Indonesia is the 2nd largest global contributor to plastic in our oceans. More than 250 people from various organizations and initiatives all over the world, including representatives of the Gili Eco Trust NGO, joined together in the Zero Waste to Oceans – Community Environment & Skills Center to discuss and learn more about who is responsible. Eight speakers from different associations in Bali spoke during the conference. 

Jane Fisher from IWP (Indonesia’s Waste Platform)  started off the debate with an important question, “Who is responsible?”   Continue reading “The ROLE Plastic Conference 2019”