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Nyepi reduces carbon emissions

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, March 26 2012   /  11:25 am

The Balinese Hindu Day of Silence, Nyepi, reduced the island’s CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions by up to 30,000 tons, according to an NGO.

“Nyepi contributes significantly to the island’s environment. It greatly reduces the island’s CO2 emissions and, to a certain extent, brings a temporary stop to the environmental damage experienced by the island,” Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) Bali chapter deputy head Suriadi Darmoko said on Sunday.

During Nyepi, Balinese Hindus partake in the Four Abstinences, including Amati Geni (abstaining from lighting any fire or turning on electricity), Amati Karya (abstaining from working), Amati Lelungan (abstaining from going outside the family home) and Amati Lelanguan (abstaining from indulging in any pleasurable activities).

For 24 hours, seaports, the airport and streets are closed down and television and radio broa...