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Happy World Earth Day!

54 years ago, on April 22, World Earth Day was established after Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, with the help of Denis Hayes, organised the inaugural Earth Day in 1970. At that time, Earth Day became a voice for environmental conservation issues, and was attended by 20 million people across the United States, which helped strengthen laws regarding the Clean Air Act. Three years later, it also contributed to reinforcing laws about Endangered Species in 1973. 

Earth Day aims to encourage the general public to become aware of, care for, and take real action to address various environmental issues. Thus, every year, it is celebrated with a different theme focus. As of this year, Earth Day carries the theme “Planet vs. Plastic” with the goal of reducing plastic usage and production by 60% by 2040.

In this regard, Ecotourism certainly supports the theme. According to research conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in collaboration with environmental enthusiasts in 2016, plastic waste produced by the tourism industry has reached 250 million tons (53%). This indicates a concerning situation which will only worsen without awareness and real actions taken from the public, starting from reducing to completely stopping plastic production. 

Eco Tourism Bali contributes to Earth Day through carefully structured components with expert assistance. In the accommodation component, there is Resource Conservation emphasising the urgency for accommodation businesses to manage and reduce plastic usage for product packaging or individual use. Companies are also encouraged to use products that can be reused, returned, and recycled, as well as to significantly reduce the use of single use products in hotel operations. 

Since the establishment of Eco Tourism Bali, all partners have proven that their companies have endeavoured to implement Sustainable practices, especially in reducing the use of plastic in business operations. All companies are required to undergo an audit process conducted by a third party who is an expert in the field, and they must demonstrate the implementation of sustainable practices that have an impact on both the environment and society.

We invite both Eco Tourism Bali partners and viewers to join us in our commitment to sustainability. Let’s work together to protect our environment and contribute to the well-being of our communities. TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!



Writer: Diva Kowara.