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Black&Blue – Nature and Pollution in Bali

by on Friday 31st January, 2014   12599 Visits   Comments

Black&Blue is a short film about the contrast between nature, pollution, culture and surfing on Bali. A host of groups are currently fighting against unsustainable development and increasing pollution on the island, from grass roots petitions to ban plastic bags, to non-profit organisations such as ecobali.com. This latest film was produced by Eugenio Barcelloni in a bid to capture the ever intensifying struggle.

Words by Director, Eugenio Barcelloni

Since I first went to Bali ten years ago I have noticed big changes in the levels of contamination. Almost three million tourists come every year and construction is rapidly changing the face of the island - it now seems to have become one single, enormous city. Another issue is the amount of general pollution as well as the big landfill sites like Serangan. The problem is that the waste disposal system is the same as it was thirty years ago.

Another issue is the amount of general pollution as well as the big landfill sites like Serangan. The problem is that the waste disposal system is the same as it was thirty years ago. Filmmaker, Eugenio Barcelloni

As a surfer, I wish to preserve my daily habitat, the sea, the coast and nature. I hope this video will educate others and people will begin to think differently when staying in an expensive resort or living luxury lifestyle in Bali, and for all those who become important investors in massive construction on this beautiful island.

In 2013 I returned to Bali and spent a lot of time around the island, from the rainy season to the dry one. I first visited this magical island in 2004 and went there again in 2008. In my last trips I was shocked to see how the situation on Bali had deteriorated, the water was much filthier due to untreated sewage and the air pollution in the cities was asphyxiating from the exhaust fumes of old motor vehicles. The panorama in Kuta and Seminyak is totally different now, with major construction projects to build hotels and shopping centers.

My greatest fear is that the regular landfills near the ocean, like Serangan, will keep getting bigger every year and it frightens me to think what they will be like in twenty years. Not much seems to be being done to deal with the pollution around the island and so I would like to promote a couple of new organizations: www.eco-bali.com, a company involved in recycling, and www.projectcleanuluwatu.com, a non-profit organization that wants to preserve ‘Uluwatu’, one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world. They are currently building a liquid waste-treatment system to protect its blue water and white beaches from the warungs, restaurants and other activities up on the cliff that risk destroying this beautiful place.

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