Trash problems threaten Bali's waves

September 28, 2013 | Environment
Bali: this garbage will end up in the line-up

"Surfing For Change: Indonesia Trash Tubes" unveils the serious problem behind the sandy beaches and perfect blue barrels of Bali.

Indonesia is a surfing paradise. At the same time, the Asian country is suffering from a serious pollution problem. Kyle Thiermann, the "Surfing for a Change" mentor, decided to create a 13-minute short film about it.

We, as a surfing community, need to act. Uluwatu, the world renowned surf spot, gets more than 500 visitors per day, and faces many garbage disposal challenges.

Curtis Lowe, Project Manager of Project Clean Uluwatu, plans for installing an environmentally friendly liquid waste processing system.

Pak Ketut Putra, director of Conservation International Indonesia, outlines the strategy to his success in ending widespread turtle slaughter in Indonesia and how that applies to the current initiative to clean up Bali.

"Bali is a little island with a big problem. It's drowning in trash, but there are tangible actions we can take to make sure Indonesia is a surfers paradise for generations to come", underlines Kyle Thiermann.

  • A sun dog, or sundog, is a natural optical phenomenon consisting of one or two colored luminous spots appearing on either side of the Sun.
  • Every year, nonprofit environmental organization Heal the Bay assigns A-to-F letter grades to beaches along the California coast.
  • A heat wave, or heatwave, is a period of two or more consecutive days with apparent temperatures exceeding 105°F to 110°F (40°C to 43°C) on National Weather Service's Heat Index.
  • Have you ever wondered how a beach is formed? The formation of sand strips is a long process that involves minerals, water, wind, waves, and tides.