I was going to post some thoughts on Bali’s garbage problem, a problem that I’ve grown up with from the very early days when there was no garbage at all as almost everything was recycled or re-used for another purpose (in Papua, for example, a local turned a discarded flashlight, one of those cheap aluminum shell ones from China, into his bright new shiny penis sheath gourd), but I’m running out time.
Last week, as I was paddling in across one of the east side lagoons, I decided to pick up all the plastic that appeared under my nose. About two hundred meters, straight into the beach, without detouring left or right to pick up anything else. Just what floated up to me. It wasn’t a particularly plastic-y day, like you can get after heavy rains, but this is what I gathered:
A Tiara Dewata shopping bag, Indomie and cookies and sanitary pad wrappers, generic black plastic bag, box drink liner etc etc.
What can one one person do about Bali’s monumental garbage problem? Well, one can do what one can do — use your own re-usable bag when you’re shopping, show by example, etc. But here’s something else surfers can do: grab a floating plastic bag whenever you come in from a session and stick in in your pocket or the sleeve of your rash-guard to dispose of properly. Karma will be kind to you.