Ideally, each individual must be able to respond to climate change by doing a few simple things like consume local food, save energy, use a tumbler, and bring a bag when shopping to avoid plastic bags.
We invited several organizations to exhibit in our booth based on their unique and creative actions on the ground.
Eco Learning Camp Foundation
The Eco Learning Camp Foundation was established to develop educational activities, conservation, research, community development, and a variety of other creativity-based activities.
The Foundation has non-formal education programs delivered through nature and environmental discourses integrated with knowledge about the relevant science and culture to raise awareness that leads to active participation to protect nature and its environment.
In addition to explaining the camp’s programs to ICCEFE visitors, youth volunteers from the Eco Learning Camp described Neem trees (Azadirachta indica), their products, and health benefits. Visitors could bring home Neem seeds and seedlings to grow at home.
Indonesia Vegetarian Society
The Indonesia Vegetarian Society disseminates information about the bona fide purpose of vegetarian life in Indonesia as well as develops universal love and save the life of the world through vegetarianism.
The Society invited ICCEFE visitors to get to know vegetarian lifestyle and the benefits of being vegetarian through books and food products such as grains and cereals made from tempeh.
According to a new study by Oxford University, by eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could prevent several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage.
Clean Water For Napu Village
UNDP Indonesia and KOPPESDA, a local NGO, is working to support 500 people in Napu Village, East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara to gain access to clean water. A crowd funding is expected to raise funds to build a solar water pump so that water will be available in the remote village.
To support the worthy cause, UNDP gave a short video presentation and invited visitors to leave little notes related to clean water campaign, and donate through KitaBisa.
Reza Rahadian, a famous Indonesian actor who is one of Indonesia’s SDG Movers went on stage talking about the campaign and drew a lot of attention and press coverage.
ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign
The ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign is an ongoing project in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, encouraging people to reduce the use of disposable plastic bag and change it with reusable bag to preserve the environment.
The campaign team encouraged visitors to reduce the use of plastic bags by showing a short video presentation and unique folded bags with different shapes and colors that can be used as a substitute for plastic bags.
This is a worthy campaign as the world’s oceans and marine life are suffering from a devastating plastic crisis, with 8 million metric tons of plastic waste dumped into the oceans every year.
D’Anggraini Handmade Soap
D'Anggraini exhibited handmade soap bars produced by using environmentally friendly materials both in the production of soap bars and the packaging materials.
“I Mix You Like Crazy” is a unique soap bar crafted especially for the ICCEFE and made from honey, oatmeal, coffee, activated charcoal and green tea (matcha). An unscented Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Bar is made from apple cider vinegar canola oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, castor oil, and olive oil.
Dewi Anggraini, the micro business owner, explained to ICCEFE visitors the ingredients of the soaps, how to make the bars, as well as the benefits of using environmentally and skin friendly products.
At the end of the Indonesia Climate Change Education Fourm and Expo, thousands of people, including school children, had visited The Climate Reality Project Indonesia booth. The event reminded us of what David Suzuki, a Canadian environmentalist, said: “The choices we make in our day-to-day life — how we get around, what we eat, how we live — play a major role in slowing climate change.”
Text: Dian Anggraini
Images: The Climate Reality Project Indonesia