Enough Is Enough

Enough Is Enough

Recently the weather conditions are quite extreme causing some places in Bali, especially in some tourist attractions, to have a problem. High rainfall makes water overflow in the rivers that result in flooding. The canals and irrigation systems made previously are not capable of delivering water to the sea perfectly so that it inundates the

Recently the weather conditions are quite extreme causing some places in Bali, especially in some tourist attractions, to have a problem. High rainfall makes water overflow in the rivers that result in flooding. The canals and irrigation systems made previously are not capable of delivering water to the sea perfectly so that it inundates the roads, houses, office areas, schools and so on.

Previously, Bali was also hit by ash rain as a result of eruption of Mount Agung. As a result, the Ngurah Rai International Airport was forced to be closed. Indeed, during rainy season with high intensity, Mount Agung erupts for several times. However, with heavy rain and the wind blowing that did not lead to the western part of Bali, Gianyar, Badung, Denpasar and surrounding areas, this problem is finally resolved by nature.

In these two contexts, we can divide disasters into two categories, namely those actually caused by nature and those by humans. In addition, the problems caused by nature are often resolved by nature itself. This is a perfectly natural law of balance. In this case, Balinese people are familiar with the Tri Hita Karana philosophy, meaning ‘three causes of happiness.’ Firstly, it is the human balance with the Creator, God Almighty, known as parhyangan or spiritual aspect. Secondly, it is human balance with the surrounding nature called palemahan (environmental aspect). And the third one is the balance or harmony of human relationships with the surrounding community known as pawongan or social aspect.

Constellation of harmony by the three aspects will bring in happiness. If associated with the eruption of Mount Agung and floods hitting the area of Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Kuta, Jimbaran and surrounding areas, surely we can analyze it.

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Any disasters caused by humans are necessarily a result of poor planning. The relationship between human and nature is not harmonious. This cannot be resolved by nature but should be by human itself. If that of nature, it already has owned a clear direction.

Exceptional greed often causes misery. It is time to think again and again, how to build a non-destructive tourism. It is building for prosperity. Obviously, the flood disaster in some locations is not caused of heavy rainfall but by the lack of human awareness.

Green open space is very rare. Many trees have been replaced by ‘concrete forests.’  Water catchment area has greatly reduced. Sedimentation in the river mouth is great, not to mention the people’s bad habit of throwing garbage at will. Rivers and gutters are used as garbage cans. Definitely it will be very dangerous if left to persist. It’s very pathetic.

It has been enough. Enough is enough. The leader of Bali should have been very aware about this matter. It will become useless to make tourism promotion to the edge of the world if we do not know the problems in front of our eyes. (Gde Palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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