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Tri Hita Karana in Ubud

Tri Hita Karana in Ubud

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Prepared by :
NYOMAN RUDANA
Member of The House of Regional Representativesof The Republic of Indonesia –Representing Baliwww.senatorrudana.comwww.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyoman_Rudanawww.adonisrama.wordpress.com( weblog )www.museumrudana.comwww.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_RudanaEmail; :
adonisrama@yahoo.com,rudana@senatorrudana.com
Prrpared for the
UN Climate Change Conference
in Nusa Dua, Bali,3 – 14 December 2007
 
TRI HITA KARANA
, THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND NATUREPRESERVATION IN UBUD, BALI
I. INTRODUCTION
Climate change is the hot issue these days and we might heard, read and see it on TV. Media arefilled with numbers, data, statistics and photographed relaleted to climate change. In thedeveloping countries such as Indonesia, the awareness might still at a superficial level for mostpeople. We are still focusing on domestic issues , such as the oil price, unstable currencies, highrates of unemployments, natural disasters etc and somehow people don't pay enough attentionthat the world they are living needs their attention to survive. We are all aware of the massive destruction caused by climate change, from the melting ice inthe North Pole, wider spread of vector based diseases such as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever( DHF ) and malaria, deforestation up to dryness and natural disasters such as hurricanes,tsunamis, and floods.Bali, where now becomes the center of attention of the world due The UN Climate ChangeConference ( COP 13 / MOP 5 Meeting ) in Nusa Dua, Bali 3 – 14 December 2007 has beenawarded as
The World Best Island of 2006
 by 
Travel and Leisure
magazine, voted by 760,000readers and
The Most Favorite Destination 2006
 voted by r
eaders of PATA Premier Partner TIME
Magazine. Eventhough these awards are so honourable, Bali is suffering from thenegative impact of industrialization of the tourism industries, which have been focused on theinfrastructure development, without accompanying by planned sustainability development. What Bali is facing today is the destruction of some parts of its nature, land conversion fromrice fields, plantations to hotels and resorts, sea shore abrasion, destruction of the coral reefs,not to mention high pollutant caused by motorized vehicles. Many of the investment arefinanced by non Balinese that have no deep rooted connection with the land of Bali itself. Toavoid further negative impacts and maintaining being the best island in the world for many  years to come, Balinese do their best in maintaining their culture which is tightly related withBalinese Hindu philosophy.Rather than juggling with numbers, statistics that have been presented by the experts, this paper will present another point of view referring to the climate change issue, from the ancient
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 wisdom of Balinese,
Tri Hita Karana,
and how the Balinese people apply it in the modern world.
II.
TRI HITA KARANA
AND NATURE PRESERVATIONI.
TRI HITA KARANA
PHILOSOPHY.
Tri Hita Karana
is an ancient Balinese philosophy meaning three causes to prosperity.
Tri 
means three,
Hita
means prosper,
 Karana
means cause. Porsperity can be achieved from theharmonious relationship between : human beings with God (
Parahyangan
) , human being with their fellow men (
 Pawongan
), and human beings with nature or environment (
 Palemahan )
The concept can be applied from the smallest level. People must live in harmony  with God, by presenting proper offerings ( for Balinese ) or do as taught by their religions or beliefes, have a peaceful relationship with their families and neighbours, take care of nature intheir surrounding environment or backyard. Trihita Karana can be brought in much biggerscale, on which it reflects the harmony between men and God, be responsible in doing businessand having peace relationship with others ( stop the war ) and taking care of our planet, which isthe purpose of this Climate Change meeting, toward sustainability development. Forgovernment officials, environment can be translated into the area of their authorities, fromregional levels ( for example province for the governor ) up to the country itself for thePresident.
Tri Hita Karana
concept has a deep meaning of what lies beyond the harmony. It’s theownership of human beings towards their relationship with the 3 elements mentioned above. If  we take ownership of this planet, we will stop fighting to each other and take part in preservingthe nature by develop our countries with a concept of sustainable development. From ownershipcomes responsibility. Industrialization has caused individualism that many will startquestioning,
why me
, when they are faced with responsibility.
Tri Hita Karana
has a differentconcept of 
Why Not Me.
Every body should take part in doing what they can, either big or smallscales, in keeping harmonious living with others.
 
The concept, along with
Tat Wam Asi,
means that everybody in the world is of one principle brotherhood, You are Me and I am You, is the principle of Balinese philosophy applied in theireveryday lives.
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