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Paradise Garbage

Bali (Indonesia)

This is an ongoing photographic series about the effect of Mass-Tourism and Consumerism that I started while I was traveling in Asia.

 

Despite efforts made by governments and local communities, mountains of garbage are growing every day around the globe, with landfills being the most popular destination for solid waste, by a wide margin. The increase in the world population and growth of many economies also made this problem a worldwide emergency especially with dumps, as they release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

In Bali, as tourism has grown more and more every year, the trash at the Suwung Waste Disposal Area made mountains of rubbish that dominate the landscape, with some of the garbage hills up to 30 meters high.

As these mountains grow, water gets contaminated, and rivers of rubbish and waste eventually reach the sea. While tourist comes and go, remaining clueless as to where their waste ends up, this corner of Bali represents a worldwide problem of our insatiable appetite for consumerism.

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