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Malaysian fans of Coldplay will be excited to learn that the incredibly successful band is giving them a treat – but not in the way they’d have expected.
Instead of finally performing their first concert on Malaysian soil – which, considering the circumstances is unlikely to be anytime soon, the British quartet is instead sponsoring a watercraft meant to clean up plastic waste from the country’s rivers.
IMAGE: The Ocean Cleanup
As very vocal advocates of waste reduction and climate change prevention, the band will financially back the Interceptor 005 – a completely solar-powered watercraft with the ability to autonomously identify and clear plastic trash from most bodies of water – for use in Malaysian rivers.
Not the first one.
The Interceptor 005 is manufactured by Dutch non-profit organization The Ocean Cleanup, and will be the second trash-clearing watercraft created by the company to be deployed to Malaysia. In August 2019, Malaysia received an Interceptor unit and had it deployed in the Klang River, where it has since worked to clear the waters of unwanted pollutants.
The one being sponsored by Coldplay is to be the first in the latest line of Interceptors that feature handy upgrades such as an improved solar energy system, wider conveyor belts, and a new catamaran structure among others.
Following the deployment of the latest model, The Ocean Cleanup will look to fulfil its ambitions to tackle the task of cleaning up heavily polluted waterways in other countries including Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, the U.S., Jamaica, and Thailand.
Currently, it is one of two machines still in construction at a facility in Bukit Raja, Klang, and is likely to be completed by mid-2021, after which it will commence its duties of clearing up to 100 tons of mostly plastic waste from the water on a daily basis.
“Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, which is why The Ocean Cleanup’s work is so vital,” said the band in a statement. “We’re proud to sponsor Interceptor 005 which will catch thousands of tons of waste before it reaches the ocean.”
It’s estimated that around 1,000 highly-polluted rivers around the world are responsible for approximately 80 percent of the world’s water pollution problems, and if not addressed, will only serve to worsen the problem of overbearing amounts of plastics in the world’s oceans.
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ที่มา : Mashable