On March 3rd, 2018, Rich Horner, a British diver, posted a video on his Facebook page showing him diving among plastic litters in Nusa Penida, a small island off the coast of Bali. However, Horner explained that when he dived in the same location the next day, he did not find any thrash as he did the day before. The Indonesia government acknowledged Horner’s video and is currently coordinating and planning to overcome the issue, even though the litter also came from other countries, as well as Indonesia.
Sea cleanliness has always been on the top priority on the government’s environmental program including in Bali. Coordination on this matter are continuously being conducted among all related parties from local authorities all the way to international level. Education and awareness campaign on sustainable waste disposal are also given to all level of society.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry explained that plastic wastes in the sea is the responsibility of the global community. The waste that was found in Bali could come from anywhere, not just within Indonesia.
“There are conditions where plenty of wastes periodically appear on the coast of Bali. This is the responsibility of all of us, not just the locals,” said the Director of Waste and Toxic Materials at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati. “Indonesia and all other countries must battle these problems together” she added.