“Come to the beautiful beaches of Bali! Sun bake amongst the rubbish, dive into the trash filled water and enjoy a skin rash!”
Don’t want to read this in a travel brochure….Read on!
Bali, commonly known as the ‘Island of the gods’, has always boasted stunning natural landscapes including lush green tropical rainforests, majestic mountains, and pristine beaches; as well as gracious and friendly locals. Local Balinese people traditionally used only organic materials leaving no waste behind. With the introduction of plastics, non-degradable waste is now covering Bali from head to toe. In Southern Bali alone, the quantity of solid waste produced exceeds 240 tonnes every day.
There are many issues related to inappropriate waste management. Not only is it displeasing to the eye, it also poses major health risks to people, and our precious environment. In Bali, plastic waste is often burnt in public places. Emissions from burnt waste including methane, benzene, dioxins, and nitrogen dioxide have been related to many major health concerns and contribute to the effects of global warming. Some of the health concerns related to these emissions include increased cancer rates (generally lung, throat, prostate), mutations in the development of the male reproductive system, immune system malfunctions, reproductive/birth defects, kidney disease, and many respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis. Waste can also contaminate local water ways and effect marine life. Inappropriate waste management is a wide spread issue throughout Bali, and a significant extent of Indonesia. It is an issue that must be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage and save our most valuable resource, the environment.
Here at ROLE Foundation we care about environmental sustainability, and we are doing our part in resolving Bali’s waste problems. At the Island Sustainability Education Centre, we educate local Indonesians regarding the importance of appropriate waste management with aims to resolve waste issues from the roots up! Our Environmental Assistance programs including ‘Eco-Surf Rescue’ and ‘Waste to Wonder,’ aim to reduce the amount of rubbish from Bali’s streets and beaches by directly collecting, sorting, and recycling rubbish while educating local communities of the importance of these efforts.
Many drops make up an ocean! As an individual you CAN make a difference, and you can do so while having fun! Visit the Island Sustainability Centre for an eco-tour, and help to support these much needed programs.