Flood Victims Make a Huge Impact, Inspiring Millions Cleaning Polluted Rivers & Beaches: ‘What We Are Doing Right Now Is Something Simple’

A group of young men from Bandung, Indonesia, known as the Pandawara Group, has been dedicated to cleaning polluted rivers in their city for eight years.

Their efforts intensified after severe flooding in their area in 2015, leading them to clear trash from waterways to prevent blockages.

Their journey, documented on TikTok, has inspired millions globally, emphasizing the power of community action in environmental conservation. Let’s uncover this story.

The Birth of Pandawara Group

The group, consisting of friends Gilang Rahma, Muhammad Rifqi, Muhammad Agung, Ikhsan Destian, and Rafly Pasya, often spent time together at their homes in Bandung’s southern region. However, their casual gatherings took a serious turn in 2015 when severe flooding, a frequent issue in their city, struck their community.

This incident was a catalyst for the friends, prompting them to initiate the cleanup of local waterways congested with garbage, as detailed by the Post. They formed the Pandawara Group, a homage to the valiant Pandawa brothers from the revered Sanskrit epic, The Mahābhārata.

@pandawaragroup sungai nya bersih, sampe bisa jalan diatasnya. #pandawara #onedayonetrashbag ♬ The Trooper (2015 Remaster) – Iron Maiden

Purification of Rivers & Massive Trash Collection

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Their environmental crusade over the subsequent years has led to the purification of 32 rivers, with the group collecting over 2,800 bags of trash — approximately 30,000 pounds, according to the Post’s account.

Yet, the persistent issue of waste, exacerbated by the substantial trash contribution from Bandung’s 2.5 million citizens, presented an insurmountable challenge, even including bizarre finds like a sofa obstructing an entire waterway. This realization led to a profound acknowledgment.

Pandawara Group’s Campaign

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“Determined to influence societal attitudes toward waste disposal, the group took their campaign to TikTok, showcasing their rigorous cleanup efforts.

Donned in protective gear, they courageously tackle debris-filled water bodies, encouraging public participation in their mission, which includes confronting Indonesia’s most contaminated beach.”

The Group’s Humble Perspective

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Despite their substantial contributions, the Pandawara Group members modestly refrain from identifying as activists.

“Sometimes I am still confused as to why we get interviewed or when public figures invite us to talk,” Rifqi expressed, humbly downplaying their work.

“I think what we are doing right now is something simple, nothing new or interesting about it!”

Sustainable Strategies

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The efforts don’t stop at cleaning; understanding the need for sustainable solutions, there’s a collective move towards establishing recycling protocols for the refuse they gather. This strategy ensures that materials collected are repurposed, reducing the likelihood of them becoming pollutants again.

Furthermore, community members actively monitor the streams’ health post-cleanup, an essential step in ongoing conservation efforts.

The group’s dedication is a reminder that every stream, no matter its size, is worth keeping clean, and even the smallest actions can profoundly impact the larger environmental picture.

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Martha A. Lavallie
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