Dangerous Water Pollution

Mar 12, 2018

Water pollution is becoming more and more of a danger to our environment on a daily basis. Recently, Richard Horner, a former mechanical engineer from England, took a video of rampant water pollution off the coast of Bali. The video he shot is near Manta Point Bay on the Indonesian coast. In this video, you'll see Horner swimming through debris, such as wrappers and bags. Also in the video is the local sea life. Together, the plastics and the fish, are living together in a not-so-ideal habitat.

This issue has various aspects to consider. The first area to consider is pollution education. Horner mentions in the article that the education of the people of Indonesia is not up to par with the people in England. They are simply not as aware of the impacts their pollution causes compared to other parts of the world. This is one of the reasons why he made this video. To shed light on an issue that is important to him. Horner has been living in Bali for a few years and diving there for ten. In this instance, the pollution was much worse than in previous excursions and he felt compelled to share it.

Another aspect to consider is the fact that there simply are not many places in the area to dispose of garbage, according to Horner. He says the rivers are used as a dumping ground and that water flows right into the ocean. And if there are areas of garbage collection, they are not as thorough as they could be and do not collect everything or go everywhere. This essentially leaves people with no other option, since they need to get rid of it somehow. 

Lastly, the inclusion of more disposable and eco-friendly products into their marketplace can have a great effect in changing the ecosystem and culture in Bali. Pollution of waters is less of an issue if the materials used in a product decompose over time. It is seeing videos like this one shared by Mr. Horner that makes me believe that disposable materials should be more the norm. We are making great strides in that area, but clearly much more progress needs to be made. You can do your small part in helping the environment by browsing our selection of eco-friendly products