People from many walks of life did a trash sweep at a beach in Bali in conjunction with the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup movement.
Bali is a little island with a big problem – it’s drowning in trash. In this short film, host & pro-surfer, Kyle Thiermann, shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of Indonesia and what we can do to restore it to the pristine, tropical paradise it once was.
Zak Noyle’s remarkable photos illustrate how disgusting it can be in some parts of Indonesia; ‘I kept thinking I would see a dead body of some sort’
The Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office Ida Bagus Kade Subiksu says foreign tourists are assessing the island as being very dirty due to the garbage that litters the scenery and the island is not as beautiful as in the past.
Kuta beach has seen a lot of trash washed up along its shore, dissuading visitors, including surfers, from going to the island’s famed beach.
Lack of funding, equipment and political will has crippled the ability of the regional administrations across the island to mount an effective response to Bali’s garbage problem.
They’re young, feisty, smart and well travelled and they want to reclaim the destiny of their island home. In a relatively short time – not much longer than many of them have been around – Bali has gone from a sweet, spiritual, low key holiday destination to an international tourist hotspot sinking under the weight of mega-hotel developments, raucous bars and clubs and the garbage, detritus and waste that millions of tourists generate. Meet the surfer, the rocker, the activist and the princess saying enough’s enough: Give us back our Bali!
Criticism of Bali’s increasing over-development, pollution, traffic problems is continuing–this time from world surfing champion Kelly Slater. Slater says Bali’s beaches are littered with the “worst pollution” he has ever seen.