A couple from Belgium taking part in the cleanup activity in the area of Batukaru Temple, Tabanan, some time ago seemed to encourage me that making people aware of the hazards of litter, especially plastic waste, indeed took time. The tourists classified into repeater guests were indeed very concerned about Bali. Even, they were rather militant. As example, they had visited Bali for dozens of times. At least, they did it twice a year and always stayed at Sanur area.
“Indeed, it takes time and should be started from a very young age,” said the man while amassing rubbish in the temple area. I also realize that this is a difficult task. “It has something to do with the culture,” he continued. Meanwhile, his wife was busy snapshooting with her camera to some objects. Rubbish is just an example.
Strictly speaking, the awareness is the most important. But how long will it take? Every time I participate in a similar action anywhere in Bali, the comments of foreigners were almost the same. Theirs are encouraging and the campaign about the hazards of waste should continue to do. If we consider it an unimportant thing, it is indeed trivial. If we consider it important, it’s also correct.
Even, when participating in Beach Cleanup on Sanur Beach before the closing of last year, a similar spectacle was almost the same. Rubbish scattered around the beach. It indicates the awareness of living cleanly really takes time. So, it’s correct what the Belgian couple said. It really took time. I’m so ashamed of myself when asking ‘a stupid’ question to them. “Does your environment also look like this?”
They were laughing. “Of course, not, but like I said previously, it takes time and process,” said his wife. In my mind I ask: how long does it take? According to year-end note of Bali Post, a lot of destructions to natural environment of Bali happened in 2013. By all means, these happen globally. It can be seen in terms of spatial policy that can lead to numerous and significant consequential impacts. One of them is about the rubbish matter.
For that reason, if there is no full awareness of the community and government as the regulator, of course the year 2014 cannot become a promising New Year. It can happen on the contrary, namely becoming full of tears due to our less professionalism in maintaining the nature of Bali in order to remain sustainable. It is not Happy New Year, but Happy New Tear.