Bali claims to be ‘clean and green’ yet the beach has been suffering in the past few decades. With increasing amounts of trash everywhere Bali is hinging on environmental disaster. Further, the government is reluctant to do anything about it. They are eager to place the blame elsewhere (‘the rubbish on Bali’s beaches washes up from Java’)/ In Southern Bali alone, the quantity of solid waste produced exceeds 240 tonnes every day. This has a negative impact not only on the health of the population and the environment of Bali, but also on its appeal to tourists. Tourism plays a central role in sustaining the livelihoods of a large amount of Bali’s population. It is vital that this island cleans up its act-literally.
What we do to help the beach
However, organizations have found cleaners do not make a great impact on the overall health of the beach. This is because they lack the training and education of proper waste management. Therefore, R.O.L.E. provides free education beach cleaners. The beach cleaner groups are spread across 5 locations, each undergoing cleaning and education training once a month. The curriculum covers areas including waste management, marine conservation, permaculture practices and healthy living so that they learn not only why reducing and managing Bali’s waste is essential, but also how to incorporate environmentally friendly behavior into their own lives.