Here are a couple of shots of the empty streets in Bali today. I did not venture out to take these, as we are not allowed out of our house. But, there are some local “pecalang” that have the job of patrolling the streets to make sure no one goes outside, and they took these photos. Its pretty amazing, and hats off to the Balinese culture for maintaining this ritual every year, despite the amount of money lost from closing down all the ports. This proves that their strong beliefs are more important to them than money. I think we should all take a look at our own priorities. I am certainly enjoying slowing down, and living in the moment. I have my family here, all forced to be together, rather than everyone doing their own thing. We are playing games, chatting, and appreciating each other.
By simply stopping for 24 hours, this island is reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30,000 tons, and by not using electricity it is reducing the electricity consumption by 60%, saving around 290 megawatts of power. Amazing, just think if every country all around the world did this just one day a year!! Its really not that hard.