Coldplay is the band that we never even knew that we needed – to save our rivers, that is.

The British band, consisting of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion, recently collaborated with non-profit organisation The Ocean Cleanup to sponsor the river-cleaning watercraft vessel Interceptor 005 – and Malaysia is the first country to receive its service.

In a statement to the media, Coldplay expressed, “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. We’re proud to sponsor Interceptor 005 – aka Neon Moon 1 – which will catch thousands of tons of waste before it reaches the ocean.”

The band had actually revealed the partnership with The Ocean Cleanup as early as 25 March on Twitter, stating that The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy these vessels in 1000 rivers globally to help reduce ocean plastic by 90 percent.

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The vessel sucks up as much waste as it can before everything goes into the ocean

The Neon Moon 1 Interceptor is being locally built in Malaysia, in partnership with Finnish firm Konecranes at their MHE-Demag facility in Bukit Raja, Klang. The vessel is expected to catch up to 100 tonnes of rubbish daily, especially plastics.

This is not the first time that the country has received help to clean its waters. Back in August 2019, the Interceptor 002 was deployed to the Klang River.

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Cheers to our river-saving heroes!