By Dode Gargitha
Four students from Croydon Hills Primary School came to visit SDN 2 Canggu on Tuesday, July 4th 2017. They are Brei, Ashton, Bela and Heiley. Brei and Ashton are from Grade 6, while Bela and Heiley are from Grade 3. They came to Bali ontheir holiday with their parents. They brought some letters to give to SDN 2 Canggu’s students, written by the Year 5 and 6 students of Croydon Hills Primary School about their school and their hope for a better environment. Although SDN 2 Canggu students were still in holiday, many students came to school just to see their friends from Australia.
To celebrate World Turtle Day 2017 we asked Christine Parfitt, marine biologist and founder of Bottle for Botol, what inspired her to work with turtles?
Where you always interested in marine animals?
As a kid I always wanted to be a vet, but while studying at Murdoch University, I bought my first goldfish, set up a freshwater fish tank, then a marine tank and eventually I started breeding clownfish and seahorses. During this time, I developed a strong interest in the ocean, I transferred over to Marine Science and never looked back!
I actually graduated from Uni absolutely petrified of the ocean, but I was a diver and a life guard. After graduating from Uni I took up surfing to get over my fear. The ocean is now one of my favourite places to spend time be it running on the beach, surfing, kitesurfing or swimming.
When did you become interested in turtles?
My interest in turtles also developed at Murdoch University, where I was introduced to a turtle conservation centre just one hour drive south of my house. I began volunteering weekly and also went to Barrow Island off the North coast of Western Australia to undertake turtle monitoring activities. I managed to combine my passion for travel as well and found myself in a remote community in Costa Rica in 2008. I lived with no electricity for six months, learning to speak in Spanish and doing nightly patrols for turtles.
How did you start volunteering at the turtle conservation project in West Bali?
In 2013 I got the opportunity of a life time, as an AYAD volunteer with the Australian Government, to work for a year at a turtle conservation project in rural West Bali. This opportunity was really exciting for me because I was able to combine my passion for travel, languages and turtles and begin a PhD on the topic.
While in West Bali I had the privilege of working with an incredible teacher, Pak Yasa Tenaya, and his students. They ran the environment club, SISPALA, at their local junior high school. They invited me to join their environment club activities which involved planting mangroves, attending birdwatching competitions, cleaning up plastic from the beach and composting to name just a few.
Where did you get the idea for Bottle for Botol?
One thing I noticed during my time there was that these students, while some of the most environmentally active students I have ever met, didn’t seem to know that plastic was any different to a banana leaf or an apple core and I was shocked to see that while they were spending their time cleaning up the local beaches, they were also using and throwing away hundreds of plastic cups each week in order to access clean water. Together with Pak Yasa, I developed an education program where students could learn about the difference between plastic waste and a banana leaf, in addition to the impacts of plastic on our health, our oceans and our marine life. This education program became the basis of Bottle for Botol and has been adapted now to suit all age groups at schools in Bali.
To celebrate World Turtle Day 2017 we asked Christine Parfitt, marine biologist and founder of Bottle for Botol, how BfB is addressing some of the threats facing turtles in Indonesia?
"Sendiri, kita hanya setetes air laut, bersama, kita adalah lautan"
"Alone, we are just a drop of seawater, together, we are oceans."
On the 21st April, fifty female students from Nusa Lembongan came together to celebrate Earth Day and Kartini Day. Hari Kartini, is a day on the Indonesian calendar recognising women, so only girls from the local schools were invited to participate.
Malang, East Java | 17th – 18th, January 2017 | Herni Frilia
On January 17th – 18th, Bottle for Botol joined a workshop meeting in D’Sa, Dusun Sahabat Alam, Malang, East Java. It was organized by BIMA – Benih Matahari, an NGO with a focus on Education and Sustainable Living. The meeting was attended by 22 community groups, NGOs, and individuals with 33 total participants from all over Indonesia.
The Bottle for Botol team were up bright and early on Sunday February 19 to participate in Bali’s Biggest Beach Clean Up. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Hari Peduli Sampah (National Waste Day) we joined the One Island One Voice campaign started by Bye Bye Plastic Bags. The idea was to bring children, politicians, businesses, locals and expatriates together to show our love for Bali by cleaning its coastline and waterways. Volunteer organisers from twenty-one organisations coordinated each of the fifty-five locations, in just six weeks.
First we attended Batu Bolong, Legian and Uluwatu beaches. Batu Bolong lead the charge collecting 1.5 tons of rubbish! All of this was picked up by EcoBali Recycling, who specialise in turning tetra pak into roofing material. In Uluwatu, we joined Project Clean Uluwatu, Uluwatu Boardriders and local villagers to collect 70kg of trash.
The Bottle for Botol Environmental Education Program actively contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and you can too.
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" ('Our Common Future’ 1987)
BfB’s Environmental Education Program educates and engages students in Indonesia and Australia in addressing 6 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the United Nations approved a new agenda for the next 15 years called ‘Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.
The new agenda was created through a negotiation process with countries around the world and built on the previous Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs apply to all counties. They are designed to clarify how we develop over the next 15 years, with priorities for ending poverty and protecting the planet.
Through Bottle for Botol, students actively participate in furthering 13 of the 169 targets created to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
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After teachers finish delivering our eight-lesson Environmental Education Program, we visit the school for a short interview with the teacher, so that we can evaluate the program and learn how to improve it in the future.
Below is an interview by Saras, our Research Officer, with Pak Hindu Komang, the Year 6 teacher at SDN 15 Dangin Puri who has taught three classes from the BfB Education Program to date, and is currently teaching the fourth!
Written by Dode Gargitha, School Communications Officer
On Saturday October 22nd I joined the second lesson of Bottle for Botol’s Environmental Education Program at SDN 2 Canggu. Most schools in Bali run their extracurricular activities on Saturdays. One of the extracurricular at SDN 2 Canggu is about the environment. The lesson started at 08.30 am and was taught by Pak Made Dasna and Ibu Yeti, the year 5 and 6 teachers. All of the students began the lesson by singing a happy song called “Di Sini Senang, di Sana Senang” together. “Di Sini Senang, di Sana Senang” means “We are happy everywhere”. The teachers explained they chose the song to start the Bottle for Botol lesson with good spirits. The teacher asked the students to explain the last BfB lesson that had been given. The students were very enthusiastic and almost all of them raised their hand to get a chance to explain the lesson.
Figure 1. A student explains the previous Bottle for Botol lesson
Written by Catherine Elliott, Dode Gargitha and Alice Sainsbury.