Bali is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and as visitors we should do everything in our power to reduce our impact on the environment. Like many other tourist destinations, being such a popular place to visit has its disadvantages and a great deal of pressure is placed on the islands limited environmental resources. Local authorities are placed under immense pressure to manage the impact that increasing tourist numbers has on the island.
If you’re planning on travelling to Bali any time in the future I hope you will take a few minutes to read these helpful hints and assist with the preservation of the local environment. We can all play our part to keep Bali beautiful.
A fairly obvious starting point but you would be surprised how many people still deposit their rubbish at their feet rather than in a rubbish bin. If by chance there are no bins nearby, keep your litter in a bag or your pocket until you come across one.
Pick Up Any Rubbish You Pass
Exercise a little common sense and good behaviour by stopping to pick up any litter dropped by less careful people and dispose of it correctly. This is the smallest of gestures with fabulous positive effects on others and the environment.
Re-use Your Plastic Bags
Most shops will want to put your purchased goods in plastic bags. Try to avoid accepting them if you can and re-use the bags you have already collected.
Get Around On Foot
There are so many positives to gain from walking. You get some exercise, you help to keep the air clean and you will see so much more than you would in the back of a taxi. Your chances of stumbling across one of Bali’s many hidden gems are also greatly increased.
Take An Eco-Tour
What better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bali than to partake in an Eco-tourism tour. Many companies provide excursions into the untouched wilderness of Bali or the unspoiled coral reefs.
Turn Your Power Off
Leaving your lights and air-conditioning on is a huge waste of valuable electrical energy. It’s always best practice to turn off any power prior to leaving your accommodation.
It can be extremely tempting to relax and unwind with a take-away meal in your hotel room or villa, but the empty food wrappers and containers add up to mountains of trash that end up in the islands landfill or worse, it’s drains, creeks and waterways.
Support Local Industry
The transportation of imported goods consumes much of the world’s fossil fuel resources compared to using products already locally available. By supporting local industries we can also improve the economy of the Balinese community.
The availability of clean water is gradually diminishing in Bali due to massive overuse. As visitors we can all do our small part to help by taking shorter showers and using bottled water when brushing our teeth. Refilling your water bottles helps to reduce the waste management problems the island is struggling to cope with.
Any small part we can play to reduce our impact on the environment is a step in the right direction. Bali’s water resources and waste management infrastructure are of great concern to local authorities. If the island is to remain the paradise it is today for generations to come, we will all need to be more considerate of our impact on the environment.