The annual YFCC, a collaboration between The Climate Reality Project Indonesia and its partners began in 2011. Students come from all over Indonesia for specialized experiential training focusing on achieving an understanding of climate change, followed by workshops on how to engage communities in climate change actions, and a showcase of actions on the ground. Currently there are more than 1000 YFCC alumni from all over Indonesia.
During the Youth for Climate Camp in Bali participants had the opportunity to listen to YFCC alumni shared inspiring experiences of Actions on the Ground to address climate change.
In this blog post we share alumni activities that will surely motivate more students to join existing movements or to initiate climate change actions based on their interests and capabilities.
Mangrove for Love
Mangrove for Love is an action by Earth Hour Denpasar for mangrove forests conservation program in Bali. It invites everyone to preserve mangrove forests on the basis of one’s love for oneself, fellow human beings and all living beings on earth.
Mangrove for Love sells products from mangrove forests produced by local communities where buyers are encouraged to contribute to mangrove conservation.
Ni Putu Wulan Romianingsih, the coordinator of Earth Hour Denpasar, was a chemistry education student at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha in Bali when she attended YFCC in 2013. She recently gave some tips to help Mangrove for Love: 1) Do not litter; 2) Assist Mangrove for Love in its mangrove weekly activities; 3) Use your fingers and gadgets to seek information about mangroves in your area.
Balitural Soap Collection is the brainchild of 4DEM Student Company founded by high school students of SMK 4 Denpasar, Bali. The student company produced soap bar, liquid soap and hotel soap made from fruits harvested by Balinese farmers such as grapes, strawberries, and dragon fruits. These are not rotten fruits but those rejected by beverage companies for several reasons including size and quality.
Salmanita Rizki Aatila Gautama is the President of 4 DEM Student Company who attended YFCC in 2015. She passionately explained the company’s vision to become an established business entity which excels in manufacturing natural skin care products as well as empowering local farmers by providing income and support to grow source materials for the products.
Bring Your Tumbler
Bring Your Tumbler is a movement to invite individuals and communities to become Eco Warriors with a tumbler to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
The Bring Your Tumbler campaigners promote their activities on social media, initiate crowd funding activities, and donate tumblers to elementary school children.
Luh Putu Budiarti the project leader of Bring Your tumbler, a law student at Udayana University in Bali, attended YFCC in 2015. She believes there are many ways to protect the environment, and one of them is to reduce ththe use of disposable plastic bottles.
ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign
ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign is an ongoing project in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines encouraging people to reduce the use of disposable plastic bag and change it with reusable bag to preserve the environment. The campaign has six activities : Plastic Bag Diet, Reusable Bag Goes to Campus, Reusable Bag Goes to School, Shopping with Reusable Bag, Reusable Bag Design Competition, and ASEAN Reusable Bag Education Forum and Expo.
Ranitya Nurlita, the project leader of ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign, a student of Aquatic Resources Management at Bogor Agricultural University attended YFCC in 2011. She has since embarked upon numerous international activities to pursue her dream of becoming and environmental activist and an entrepreneur.
The activities of YFCC alumni showed how they initiated their actions on the ground by first leaning about the cause of an issue that they care about. The students then brainstormed to find the solutions, empowered their peers, and engaged the general public to be interested in climate change issues and actively involved in their programs.
Text: Amanda Niode. Images: YFCC Indonesia