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Governor Pastika: Make Bali Plastic Free

Bali Governor Sees Fight Against Plastic Trash as Part of World-Wide War on Climate Change.

(3/22/2010) Bali's governor Made Mangku Pastika has invited the people of Bali to free Bali from the unsightly and environmentally dangerous burden of plastic trash, particularly in beach front areas of the island. Quoted by Kompas.com, Pastika said: "Let's all work together to do this in order that our internationally known province can become the green and clean island of Bali."

Speaking in Kuta on Friday, March 19, 2010, at a gathering of Women Concerned with the Environment (Gerarkan Perempuan Peduli Lingkungan), Governor Pastika said his office would continue to work together with the Agency for the Empowerment of Women and Child Protection to support the efforts of women to enhance the island's natural environment.

Pastika also underlined that all efforts to protect Bali's environment are in keeping and in support of his administration's program to have "Bali Go Clean and Green."

The impetus for Bali to pursue a green future was also made necessary by Bali's growing popularity as a venue for important international environmental summits.

As an island whose religious majority embrace the Hindu faith, the Governor said that the people of Bali understand the principles of Tri Hita Karana which mandate a balance be maintained between man and the environment. This can be achieved, at least in part, by planting trees and cleaning the environment, especially keeping beach fronts free of the plastic trash which bring the risk of permanently polluting Bali's natural environment. By eliminating plastic trash from Bali, Pastika reminded, "we can participate in worldwide efforts to save the world from the threat of global warming."