Pristine Ocean Podcast

13. Kuching Beach Cleaners with Alcila Abby

May 02, 2021
Pristine Ocean Podcast
13. Kuching Beach Cleaners with Alcila Abby
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How would you compare what kids nowadays experience on the beach compared to what you had when you were a child? 

 

Alcila - Kuching Beach Cleaners 

I had I had a good one.  Children of these days, I don't think can enjoy what I had. 

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That was Alcila Abby talking about how she feels about beach pollution. 

She is the founder of the Kuching Beach Cleaners. Since 2013 they have been cleaning beaches around Kuching in Malaysia. 

Kuching is the capital of Sarawak and is located on the northwest coast of Borneo looking out into the South China Sea. 

Kuching attracts tourists for its food and tropical scenery and its wildlife. 

Alcila - Kuching Beach Cleaners 

Kuching is so amazing because you can get different types of forest in just less than two hours.

In two hours you can go to the beach. You can go to the forest in two hours.  

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If Kuching is surrounded by tropical forests and access to wonderful beaches, how did the people of Kuching relate to all that? 

Alcila - Kuching Beach Cleaners 

Natural beauty, we have this at our back door. We don't really appreciate it, so there's a lot of things that could be better in Kuching. 

We have nice space we have. We are so blessed with natural things, but we don't really appreciate it. 

They don't really take care of it. 

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Tell me what the beach meant to you as a child. 

Alcila - Kuching Beach Cleaners 

When I was young, I used to go to the beach with my family. My parents. At that time they weren't so much of marine debris. 

The beaches was very clean, so that was my memory. My childhood memory. 

 

Ten years later, when I had a drivers licence, I went back to the beach to rekindle to reminisce some old memories and it was just a lot of trash. 

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How bad was it? 

Help me imagine what you saw. What kind of items were they? 

Alcila - Kuching Beach Cleaners 

Daipers with presents. You get a lot of that.

It is just everything. Cigarette butts too.