Be the change we wish to see in the World.
The world’s oceans and seas are the lifeblood of our Earth, driving weather, regulating temperature and ultimately supporting all living organisms. We need to recognize the inter-dependency of all life in the world. We cannot continue to use the water world, especially the seas and the oceans as the garbage dump of all waste. Over the last 70 years, the world has produced 8.3 billion tons of plastic and of this, 70% of has been disposed as waste in the water world and landfills, where most of waste eventually also washes down.
In 2016 more than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold across the world, and by 2050 this is projected to increase to over a trillion bottles a year. Whilst the world is already confronted by global warming and climate change due to a host of human and nature activities that emit Green House Gases, recent evidence (PLOS 2018) indicates another not previously recognized source of methane and ethylene emissions from discarded plastic water bottles exposed to sunlight, often floating in the seas and oceans. In the next three decades it is projected that an additional 26 billion tons of plastic will be produced, and with disposal of majority of plastic waste in the water world, it is likely that, ton for ton, there will more plastic waste then fish in the marine world
The worldwide community of scuba divers and snorkelers, numbering just sixty million compared to a population of 3 billion in coastal areas, are at the forefront being the social conscience and the public voice of the oceanic world, reporting the destructive impact of plastic waste in the marine environment.
At Zen Resort Bali, we have developed Zen Harmony Diving (ZHD), a unique system that integrates scuba diving and snorkelling with holistic wellness including yoga, pranayama, meditation and Ayurveda empowering physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health through effective and efficient underwater controlled breathing, meditative focus and free flow physical exercise. This experience also transforms every diver into a true environmental ambassador of the underwater world. Our vision and mission at ZHD is to co-create and revolutionize the world of diving to substantially increase the community of scuba divers and snorkelers and to enhance wider public awareness of the need to change our interface with all forms of marine life and protect the oceanic world, our largest and most precious natural resource.
Humans as a single species is poisoning and killing thousands if not millions of other living species. We talk of human rights, but we forget the universal rights of millions of other living species that inhabit our one Earth, especially the water world that is home to millions of yet undiscovered species.
Here at Zen Resort Bali, we are committed to be the change we wish to see in others for a sustainable and progressive world. We henceforth ban the use of plastic water bottles at Zen and call on all hotels and resorts around the world, as well as the public at large, to stop the use of plastic water bottles. Sustainable development and protection of the water world is an imperative and not an option. Let us initiate a global movement of “No more plastic waste in our rivers, lakes, seas and oceans.”