Back in the day Bali had hardly any plastic. All the drinks came served in glass bottles and all the food was brought out on banana leaves which were either re-used or thrown away at no expense of mother nature.
As time went on word got out about the boundless natural beauty that Bali had to offer and the tourists flocked in their thousands, bringing with them the tastes of their own land which would stay even when the tourists left back for their own country. Food and drink in plastic and cardboard wrapping to help preserve, cigarette containers and other products made for mass consumption started making its way into Bali. Nobody could have thought then just how great an impact it would have in the many years to come.
The primitive nature and thought behind the statement “ if you cant see it its gone “ is very prevalent amongst the whole Balinese populace. Even before we came the locals were gathering up the leaves on their property and either burning it or throwing it in the nearest stream and watching it float away. As plastic and cardboard started to arrive there was no education on the responsible removal of rubbish so the same precipice was undertaken and many years later, not a lot has changed. The air around the island can often smell of toxic burning trash and at certain times of year many beaches are not even able to be used as currents and wind blow in a barrage of rubbish from the open sea just off Bali’s coast.
A multitude of tourists come to Bali every year to spend 1 or 2 weeks unwinding from the monotony of their daily grind. When they leave they usually don’t just leave behind foggy memories of big nights out but also a stockpile of plastic bottles and wrappers used from food and beverage consumption, literally clogging up bali’s arteries adding to the problem now faced by a select few pioneers of the countries emerging movement of waste management disposal. Thankfully, these groups of stubborn expats and locals, fed up with watching the country get spoilt see the urgent need for change and numerous projects have been set up across the island focusing on education and active planning to put systems in place to preserve the beauty that Bali has to offer.
One that comes to mind is ‘Project clean Uluwatu’. An established Non-for profit that has been set up to eradicate the build up of rubbish and waste in one of the counties premier surf locations. The constant building of businesses, restaurant’s, villa’s and hotels in the area can not sustain the increasing flow of human movement with the current lack of waste disposal techniques. ‘Project clean Uluwatu’ has been using fundraising methods to not only create awareness through marketing and social media but also to construct proper methods with modern techniques to properly dispose of raw sewage so that as the populace increases, the area will be able to sustain itself environmentally. In laymens terms, no more pooey smells. Regular beach clean ups are regularly undertaken, creating awareness and favourable trends and also building a strong morale amongst the community of local residents, expats and business owners.With a philosophy of “more hands make lighter work”, a cool volunteer program has been established for anyone interested in work for living exchange. For more info on that please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
While saving the planet wont rely on an individual or even a large group of peoples actions, but rather the participation on the entire worlds population. Everyone can play their part. Recycle plastics, metals and cardboards, don’t run excess water, turn off lights when your not using them. Never litter, use re-usable bags when shopping and compost your food scraps. These are just a few positive ways you can have a positive influence on the environment.
KEEP BALI CLEAN !!