Avani battles against plastic waste


Avani is social enterprise based in Bali, Indonesia, the epicenter of the battle against plastic waste. Assumed by most as a tropical island paradise with pristine white sand beaches, the truth is that Bali's beaches are now often saturated with garbage and debris, and the majority of this trash is plastic. We aim to help rehabilitate the island by offering sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives to hazardous products that locals and tourists use every day.


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Borneo: Die Lunge der Erde

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Der Regenwald in Indonesien schrumpft dramatisch, weil Bauern und Konzerne die Flächen als Ackerland nutzen wollen. Vier Aktivisten kämpfen dagegen, mit ganz unterschiedlichen Methoden: von den bloßen Händen bis zum Smartphone.

Eine Multimedia-Story von der Insel Borneo von Jacopo Ottaviani (Text) und Isacco Chiaf (Fotos/Videos)

Setting a country alight: Indonesia's devastating forest fires are manmade

Thousands of the fires raging through the forests of Indonesia were deliberately started to clear land for industrial use. The results have been deadly

Fires in a palm oil concession in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Thousands of fires have been lit to clear land because it is 75% cheaper than other methods.

Photograph: Victor Barro/Walhi/Friends of the Earth Indonesia
Irhash Ahmady and Sam Cossar-Gilbert
Saturday 7 November 2015 11.04 GMT Last modified on Saturday 7 November 2015 11.07 GMT

Children are dying from respiratory ailments as haze blankets Sumatra

An elementary school student in Riau, an epicenter of Indonesia's haze crisis, died of respiratory failure last week. Two other children, aged 15 and 2, passed away in Jambi.
The Health Ministry logged more than 10,000 cases of respiratory infection as of September 4.

At a housing complex in Riau, an epicenter of Indonesia’s haze crisis, Muklis shows a picture of his little daughter, seated before a piano and peering into the camera.

She passed away last week, as forest fires blanketed the region in noxious smog.

Indonesian politicians in the provincial parliament sat in silence wearing face masks

Indonesia's measure of pollution recorded air in Palangkarya at more than 10 times the level regarded as dangerous on Tuesday.
Schools in the Central Kalimantan capital were closed again on Tuesday.
Politicians in the provincial parliament sat in silence wearing face masks after smoke entered the building.

Further respiratory fatalities around Indonesia looked certain on Tuesday as toxic pollution from hinterland fires and underground hotspots again sent breathable air far beyond levels deemed dangerous to health.

Jokowi pledges Indonesia peatland ‘revitalization’ to stop the burning

President Jokowi and minister Luhut Pandjaitan have made increasingly robust pledges over the last week.
The governor of East Java told Mongabay he had instructed officials to get on top of fires burning in areas hit by drought. Jambi Mayor Syarif Fasha said all health centers would be open 24 hours a day and equipped with oxygen cylinders that can be used or 20 minutes free of charge.

#EvakuasiKami, or EvacuateUs, is the latest haze-related to topic

#EvakuasiKami, or EvacuateUs, is the latest haze-related to topic to trend on Indonesian Twitter amid the country's haze crisis.

Pekanbaru has reopened shelters in the city in a desperate bid to provide some respite from the smoke.
Local officials are specifically calling on parents to bring infants and young children to three 24-hour centers in Riau province..