Bali WISE | Intake 40 – Week 10 | World Oceans Day Celebration | Friday, 14 June 2019 – R.O.L.E Foundation
As we celebrated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2019, R.O.L.E. Foundation organized a Conference and Debate “Zero Waste to Oceans” on Friday, 14 June 2019. The conference and debate were discussing, “Are corporations responsible for their single-use plastic collection and recycling?” The conference’s guest speakers were from various fields such as Surya Anaya from Komunitas Peduli Sampah, Christian Fritz from eco Smart HUB, Dwi Jayanthi from Plastik Detox Bali, Silvija Rumiya from Zero Waste Bulk Store, Reza Helmi from No Plastic Indonesia, Brenda Ritchmond from Bali Buda, I Gede Hendrawan, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D from UDAYANA University and Piet van Zyl from Positive Impact Forever.
Bali WISE students get involved as part of the committee in celebrating the World Ocean Day.
The conference was held in Zero Waste to Oceans – Community Environment & Skills Center in Sawangan from 3 pm. Before the conference starts, all guests are allowed to look around the center guided by our students. There are some stations in the center such as Soap Recycling, Traditional Weaving, Natural Dyes, Paper Recycling, Seedling Hut, Snail Farm, Compost Area, Herbs and spices garden, Marine Center and Jamu making.
Bali WISE students started with an opening singing performance of “Make a Wave.” It followed with an opening speech by R.O.L.E. Foundation founder and CEO, Mr. Mike. Our moderator Mrs. Jane Fischer from Indonesian Waste Platform then opened the discussion with our guest speakers raising their opinions and researches about the topic. Mr. I Gede Hendrawan stated that every year Bali would get trash from the ocean and loaded in the beach. But sometimes waste are not only from the oceans but from the tourists or local people that come to shore and littering Bali’s beaches and oceans much more.
After hearing the opinions and researches on zero waste to oceans, the distinguished guests were divided into five groups to discuss the responsibility of single-use plastic collection and recycling. The discussion also considered parties, aside from corporations, that responsible for single-use plastic. One group suggested to educate the community and reduce plastic consumption. After stating their ideas to the floor, guests were allowed to enjoy refreshments and snacks prepared by our students and started to network with each other.