The Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika has targeted Bali to be completely free of plastic rubbish by 2015.
A tsunami of plastic rubbish has swamped Bali’s iconic beachfront for a week or more, defying daily efforts to clean it up.
It is hard to believe that it is about one year since we read the impassioned plea of 11 times surfing world champion Kelly Slater, but it is. At the time, he tweeted: “If Bali doesn’t do something serious about its pollution, it’ll be impossible to surf here in a few years. Worst I’ve ever seen.”
The quality of the water in the rivers that flow through Bali’s capital city of Denpasar are heavily polluted. Tests carried out by the Denpasar environment agency have show both the Tukad Badung and Tukad Ayung to exceed the limits for Class III water.
You may have heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Texas-sized swirling island of marine debris mostly made up of plastic. Or maybe you heard recently about the Gray whale that died with a stomach full of plastic trash?
Another way to bring attention to this issue is to see how plastic debris has taken a toll on the island of Midway.
July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington. The sperm whale had plastic in its stomach, an increasing common phenomenon say researchers at the Biodiversity Centre Naturalis.
On January 2013 we post a video about the reef in Mentawai get destroyed by ignorant people. Blast fishing endangered ecosystem in the Mentawais. And now finally Bomb Boats get caught!
If we continue to produce and use plastic at our current rate, future populations will look back on the extinction of homo sapiens and find a thin line of plastic. So, what can we do?
According to Bali’s Environmental Agency, 15 thousand cubic meters of trash are disposed of along roadsides and at illegal dumps everyday. That’s enough to fill six Olympic sized swimming pools everyday. Last year 11x surfing world champion, Kelly Slater, tweeted “If Bali doesn’t #DoSomething serious about its pollution, it’ll be impossible to surf here in a few years. Worst I’ve ever seen.” For an economy that relies 80% on tourism and sells itself as a tropical paradise, this poses quite a problem.
Poor service, cleanliness, traffic congestion and infrastructure problems are at the top of the list of things tourists complained about in Bali.