Our delicate environmental balance is challenged every day. Bali’s natural resources are rapidly diminishing due to rampant increases in; census, building, tourism and lack of community and visitor awareness and discipline, infrastructure, governmental regulations and big business and industry disregard for these resources.
Water - Industrial dumping into rivers, streams and ocean. - Improper/ No septic tank usage mixes sewer water with the water table and potentially pollutes well water. - Widespread dumping in water sources. - Coral barrier protecting the island from erosion is being stripped away for use in cement, with it being trampled, and damaged in dynamite and cyanide fishing. - Fragile marine/fish reserve is being lost to over fishing, dynamite and cyanide fishing. - Cultural tradition of river bathing is often mired by use of household detergents and shampoos. Many products are purchased in individual use size and discarded at the site. - Ancient Sobak system is challenged due to widespread building, causing water-rerouting concerns.
Air - Widespread air quality problems due to a surge in motorbikes, cars and tour buses. No emissions standards requirements. - Industrial chemical and factory pollution set into air. - Slash and burn technique to turn the land causing smog and air pollution. - Local trash burning (including burning of carniangenics plastics, etc.) sends pollution into the air. - Rapid deforestation, causes loss of carbon sequestration.
Earth - Rapid deforestation without adequate replanting causes: - Stripped land. - Potentially no wood for livelihood, daily use or production. - Erosion of land, potentially leading to landslides. - Drought and drying up of underground water reserves, which then leads to flooding during large rains. - Over cultivation, no time for land rest will make the land unable to bare crops - Use of faster strains effects quality and often hurts land quality and nutrients.
Fire - Slash and burn creates air quality issues which travels into the eco-system. - As land becomes dryer land brush becomes a wildfire hazard, potentially wreaking havoc on land, and resulting in loss of life and property damage. - Daily local trash burning releases fumes and hazardous pollutants into the air.