New Beachhead in Fight to Clean and Green Bali
Celebrities, government officials, people from non-government organisations, surfers and businesses have united to tackle Bali’s growing rubbish crisis.
As the opening move in a new Bali Clean & Green programme, 100,000 Balinese scoured 50 beaches for washed-up rubbish on August 27, hitting back at a nuisance environmentalists say ranks as the island’s number-one ecological foe.
The cleanup effort was in advance of a Clean Up Bali day, to be held on September 20 in conjunction with the global Clean Up the World weekend organised as a United Nations Environment Programme on September 17-19.
Launching an ongoing clean-up campaign on August 30, in which schools, businesses and the community will take part, Clean & Green coordinator Nunie Kneip said:
“We’re also trying to create greater awareness, getting locals and visitors connected and clued into the threat garbage poses, especially plastic.”
One volunteer at the launch said: “Where the plastic comes from doesn’t affect the outcome for now. We just need to get busy and coordinate efforts to curb the issue.”
Singer Ray D Sky was at the launch and sang a song he wrote for the event, Green Bali Green. He said: “We can all make a contribution to the island’s prized land and sea, much of it under threat.”
Senior environmental board official Anak Agung Alit Sastrawan said waste management was a significant problem, with a large percentage of Bali’s daily refuse unaccounted for. The provincial government has announced a target date of 2013 for Bali to achieve a plastic-free environment.
And Nusa Dua Rotary Club president Bruce Jellard said: “By commencing our island-wide Bali Clean Up project, not only can we reduce the amount of litter but also build long-term environmental awareness, improve mosquito-outbreak prevention inland where trash chokes fresh water supplies and simply maintain the island’s reputation as the most sought-after holiday destination.”
Rotary is a key supporter of the clean-up drive.Filed under: Headlines