French influencer takes on Bolivia’s 'plastic lake'

Bolivia’s Uru Uru Lake is more plastic than water

reflecting years of pollution and the scar of climate change

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VOLUNTEER, MAGALI HUARACHI, SAYING: "I am now in a lake, but made of plastic. I don't find myself at the Uru Uru lake. I think that if we all do our little bit, by picking up our garbage or coming to help here, then we are going to make this place beautiful in a while.''

Local volunteers, workers and even a French influencer are trying to clean up the mess

(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER, ALEX DESSARD, SAYING: "It's a shame that so much garbage has come here because it has accumulated in many years, perhaps a decade. Now we have to think about the future. Let's clean and then we become aware so that we don't have to clean again."

The highland lake suffered a major drought in 2016

that lowered its water levels while rivers deposited mountains of plastic waste