Peter Lowe from the U.K. was stranded in Taiwan due to the pandemic, but the time he has spent here wasn’t wasted for all that!
Since the middle of last year, he has collected trash in the mangrove forest in a boat along the Tamsui River, and his hard work has been featured on the BBC.
The British public service broadcaster reported on Wednesday that Peter, who is visiting his family in Taiwan, has been stuck here for months.
Last year, he bought a small boat and decided to clean up plastic waste in the mangrove forest between Guandu and Tamsui in northern Taiwan.
His self-initiated environmental action caught the locals’ attention, many of whom volunteered to join the mangrove cleanup.
Later, Peter’s efforts were reported by the local media and authorities which have launched a cleanup campaign as a result.
He told BBC that what he saw first was a beautiful river, beautiful wildlife.
“But having looked a little bit closer, then I started seeing rubbish in the river, plastic bottles and plastic hanging from the mangrove trees.”
“I thought, oh, this is a bit strange, so I started collecting rubbish from the river,” he said.
“I certainly thought that I don’t want to waste my time in Taiwan,” Peter said.
He suggested that people who are stuck in the same situations could do something positive and meaningful, especially something that would save and protect the Earth.