POI – Background
Massive garbage problems, hunger and unemployment…. The year 2020 hit Bali hard.
The waste disposal problems are not a novelty, pictures of garbage-covered beaches during the rainy season regularly go through the internet. But the absence of tourists caused by Covid-19 is a current problem, whose solution strategy must be more complex…
Because independence from tourism only works by creating jobs in different sectors of the economy.
What is POI?
In short, POI is a private environmental project for Bali, Indonesia. Our guiding principle in all areas is sustainability. Even if this term is already a bit worn out, the principle behind it is as current and necessary as never before.
We at POI develop alternative concepts in various areas for Bali and its inhabitants. These concepts are then implemented with the help of existing local initiatives and in close cooperation with the locals. We are supported by the local government and sponsors from all over the world. Of course, our team is personally involved in the implementation with the utmost commitment!
How and when was POI born?
POI was created in 2020 through our love for Bali. This island has been visited by us many times and for some team members it has become their second home. We saw many places on Bali and got to know the island completely away from tourism. We built close relationships with locals and got to know and love them. Many of our team members even met in Bali and later again in Berlin with the goal to build something together and help the island and the Balinese people.
Waste and Tourism on Bali
An important concern for us is the general handling of waste and the disposal policy. We have developed alternatives to waste incineration, which we want to introduce on Bali. Furthermore, we developed concepts for waste prevention, i.e. the prevention or general reduction of unnecessary and environmentally harmful materials.
For nature conservation, we see the greatest potential in the creation of greater awareness for nature and the environment, as well as a sustainable approach to waste. A change is taking place, especially among the next generation, which we must support. In order to increase acceptance and understanding of this issue, we are cooperating with initiatives that are already working with educational institutions.
Until now, there hasn’t been much understanding of the real scope of trash and pollution of land areas and rivers. But each additional year in the fight against washed-up trash, polluted waters, and ultimately the impact on the tourism industry through bad publicity, changes that mindset. And the danger of plastic and inadequate disposal policies are coming into focus. Now it is up to all of us to develop sensible alternatives and put them into practice as soon as possible.
School education and qualified professions
We want to provide a better life for the local people. A fundraising to finance school fees for children is being set up at the moment. In Indonesia, school education after the 4th school year is subject to a fee and is therefore only accessible to financially better-off families.
We want to achieve that their parents also learn better and qualified professions. So that they can cope with crisis situations more easily. In order to increase the general education and thus the understanding of the environment, we will offer further education courses for adults. Even technical training is planned for the future. In order to increase the level of education and the chance of a better job for the Balinese.
In the area of economy we are mainly concerned with the construction and expansion of wind and solar energy plants.
Furthermore we have plans for alternative supply possibilities for the population. For example, through aquaponic plants, with which fish and plant breeding can be operated. In the long term, this can create jobs in Bali, which will benefit the independence of the people and represent a real alternative to the tourism industry.
If you have ever been to Bali, you have probably perceived the population as happy and content. We can only agree with that, because it really is! However, after over 90% of the locals lost their jobs due to the Corona crisis and the Indonesian Rupiah is losing more and more of its value, the Balinese have started to rethink. They welcome it very much that something is done against plastic and garbage and are grateful for every support.
In order to be able to realize our various projects, we have to start on a small scale. That is why we are starting in a sparsely populated part of Bali, in Karangasem. Here we are setting up a facility for sorting and recycling waste. As soon as we have achieved a certain routine in the processes and a corresponding level of awareness, we will implement the other planned projects.