Barry Hinton is Palms Australia‘s In-Country Manager in Timor Leste providing support and assistance to Palms Australia participants. This inspiring article in The World Bank features his sons Micky and Mardy as they seek to protect the oceans of Timor Leste.
Twin Brothers, Micky and Mardy, were born and raised by the blue seawaters of Atauro Island which is about 20 kilometers off the coast of Dili, the Timor-Leste capital.
Since the age of six, twins Micky and Mardy Hinton, have always been passionate about the ocean. Their group, Ekipa Tasi Mos (Clean Ocean Team), organizes regular beach clean-ups, and they record their findings in an international marine debris database, allowing the community to trace the pollution back to its original source. After collection and recording, the plastics are then recycled and transformed into beautiful products that can be sold as local handicrafts. The group is now working with the Government of Timor-Leste to support the draft of new laws to prevent and reduce the impact of single-use plastic products on the environment.