Bali Beach Club Display Highlights Plastic Pollution

If an entire landfill can be transformed into a revenue-generating energy hub, a resort can promote sustainability. Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak did just that. It commissioned street artist Eko Nugroho to create a display made entirely of reclaimed plastic waste to highlight plastic pollution.

An impressive 660 pounds of local plastic debris was transformed into the work with which Nugroho hopes will stress the critical need for waste management and conservation.

The piece, titled “Bouquet of Love”, is not Nugroho’s first socio-political artwork. He claims that his projects mostly comment on current events.

“I was deeply drawn to this project because environmental damage and pollution will have an effect on every aspect of life, not just art,”

“My love for Indonesia inspired me to create Bouquet of Love. Indonesia is a rich, magnificent tropical country, which is also experiencing dynamic growth and development.”

Annually, we produce around 300 million tons of plastic worldwide. 8.8 million tons end up in oceans and up to 91% of waste forgoes recycling. It doesn’t take a grand gesture to make an impact on the environment. Make it personal — start at home. You never know the difference you might make.

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Locals Rescue Animals From Mount Agung Eruption

In the midst of a disaster, there are always appropriate methods of reaching out to victims. What we sometimes appear to forget is that animals are part of the demographic. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Bali locals, who are frantically relocating cows and monkeys away from an active volcano.

Mount Agung, about 75km from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, causing 144,000 people to evacuate their homes over the past week as experts warn an eruption could be imminent.

The volcano has since triggered hundreds of earthquakes by the hour. The Jakarta Animal Aid Network has deployed a 12-man team to carry out the dangerous rescue mission. While a dozen people may seem futile, I’ve got to hand it to them for hiking some 12 km for pigs and chickens.

“Emotionally, it’s really hard for the farmers to part with their cattle, not only for economic reasons but also they care so much about the animals. Some insisted they stay in their village with their livestock even though their safety in is danger.”

Some livestock farmers have opted to sell their animals in an attempt to save them. That’s what I call a whole lot of love for four-legged friends.

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