“Because we’re running through 13 U.S. states, 11 of them not being by the ocean, it’s super important to make people understand that you don’t have to live by the ocean to contribute to the problem,” Bencheghib said.
Bencheghib’s fight for sustainability began years ago as a young environmentalist when he and his brother, Gary Bencheghib, began organizing beach cleanups in Bali in their home country of Indonesia. Their parents moved to Bali from Paris when Sam was 7 years old. A video the brothers shot in 2017 while on a trip down the notoriously polluted Citarum River in Indonesia went viral, leading to an official response from Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
“Gary, you will see that Citarum River, in seven years, will be the cleanest river,” Widodo said. Bencheghib said today, 7,000 members of the Indonesian military are a part of the Citarum cleanup effort.
People can follow Bencheghib on his journey at https://makeachange.world.