A 2015 report found that five nations account for up to 60 percent of the plastic waste in oceans. These countries were China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. At the end of 2018, a dead sperm whale washed ashore in Indonesia with 13 pounds of plastic in his stomach. In his stomach, there were 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, and two flip-flops.

A diver named Rich Horner also captured devastating video footage while diving in Indonesia:

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Instead of seeing colorful fish swimming around him, Horner captured tons of plastic waste floating around in the ocean. Plastic pollution is a serious problem that all countries should be taking seriously, but this petition urges Indonesia to make some changes as the second largest contributor (after China) to the plastic waste in oceans (as of 2015).

Their attempts so far to tackle plastic pollution haven’t been successful. A plastic bag tax of two cents was discontinued after having no effect. But they still have a goal of reducing plastic waste by 70 percent in the next 10 years. Countries like Kenya, Panama, and Rwanda have banned plastic bags. Canada aims to end single-use plastic by 2021.

Sign this petition urging Indonesia to ban single-use plastic for the sake of marine wildlife and the oceans!

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