Preaching against plastic: Indonesia’s religious leaders join fight to cut waste

Source: The Guardain

BY  in Jakarta

Nation’s two largest Islamic organisations will call on network of 100 million followers to reduce plastic waste and reuse bags

Tourists and local residents disembark a boat amid plastic rubbish in Sanur, Bali
 Tourists and local residents disembark a boat amid plastic rubbish in Sanur, Bali Photograph: Johannes Christo/Reuters

The government has announced it will join forces with the country’s two largest Islamic organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, using their extensive networks across the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation to encourage consumers to reduce plastic waste and reuse their plastic bags.

Together the two Islamic institutions have more than 100 million followers.

As part of the initiative, religious leaders will visit prayer groups across the country to preach about the importance of reducing plastic waste, explain how plastic waste can worsen the severity of natural disasters such as floods and landslides, and encourage consumers to switch to traditional bags, made from materials such as rattan and bamboo.

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