Plastic waste in Bali during Monsoon season
Today we started our day with what we thought would be a pleasant walk on the beach.
To give you some context, from October to April it is the wet season in Bali, for those of you who don’t know it, Indonesia’s tropical monsoon climate has two seasons, dry and wet.
During the wet season it is supposed to rain very often, although this year, it has been pretty dry so far. For a few days we’ve had a heavy half an hour of rain at more or less the same time of the day when it doesn’t rain it is still hot and sunny. And once in a while, it can pour for a whole day.
While we really enjoy staying in when it rains, because of the rain the issue with plastic pollution on the island has been more evident.
The streets and roads of Bali have side canals of greywater that are connected to rivers and eventually the ocean. A lot of the plastic waste ends up in those canals and inevitably in the ocean.
These are some pictures we took during our walk. Unfortunately, they aren’t even the worst scenes we have seen at the beach lately. It is scary the amount of plastic items you can find, some are even tangled in seaweed.
We know the big picture can be overwhelming but so much can be done from home, if we reduce the consumption of single-use plastic items, we also reduce the chances of these ending up in the ocean.
We hope you have a nice weekend!