In Indonesian language, Peduli Alam means « protect nature ».
On the beautiful island of Bali, was born in 2008, an idea to set up an association about environmental protection, specialized in the prevention of dangers caused by the discharge of waste in nature. Balinese nature, so rich and beautiful, suffers from the intensive use of plastic, and people, mostly villagers (farmers and fishermen) are not aware of the consequences. Outside the cities and tourist areas (which represent only 10% of the island), there is no garbage collection. The objective of Peduli Alam is to help the villagers to be aware of the impact on nature and health that results from incineration or disposal of garbage in nature, rivers and sea . For this, we provide simple solutions with easy access.
The first stage of the project, which was completed mid-July 2009, has consisted of the establishment of a garbage collection system: construction of 50 bins in durable materials in the villages and pickup truck to the recycling center. Along with this action, we hold a prevention and awareness campaign in schools and villages in Amed, a region located in the east of Bali, to encourage people to change their behavior. The association is one of the rare structures in the region of Amed dealing with environmental issues, and is approved by the local authorities. We also work in collaboration with the Association Anak which sponsors many children in the schools of Amed. By following the example of our generous donors, by joining the association or by making a donation, you give us the ability to pursue our objectives.
For the residents in Bali donations are collected in :
UBUD: Le Rendez-Vous Doux, jalan Raya Ubud (face au marché),
+62 361 747 01 63
SEMINIAK - KEROBOKAN: Limajari Cargo, jalan Raya Kerobokan 100X,
+62 361 730 024
Prevention and awareness in schools and villages:
Education is an essential part of work to develop behavior change. All generations should be educated about the dangers of pollution. The knowledge of Balinese villagers on plastic pollution is very limited or nonexistent. The teachers of Peduli Alam are involved in all elementary schools in the areas of network construction bins. Educational materials in Indonesian, are distributed to all students and all teachers, and books about the environment are offered for school librairies. Each class will receive a full education, combining theory and application. Correct answers are rewarded with storybooks about the protection of nature, as well as notebooks and pencils needed for school! more photos
The construction of trashbins:
The heart of the project consists in building a network of litter bins in the villages, schools and local grocery stores, all located in the roadside to be available for trucks to pickup. Each bin is built with cement and is provided with a sliding door allowing garbage collectors to enter a spade for the flush. The floor of the bin is sloped towards a hole of drainage, preventing a stagnation of dirty water. We chose the green color of nature, and this green has been approved by the people, they love bright colors. Signs in Indonesian indicate that this tray is designed for non-organic garbage, and as the villagers are not familiar with this term, we specify: plastic, paper, glass and metal. more photos
The waste collection and transfer to a recycling site:
The collection is made by the government truck, from the Department of cleanliness of the area. Before we created the association, the truck passed through the region but picked up only garbage from hotels and restaurants, which pay a fee. The villagers, until then, had no access to this service. Now, the association Peduli Alam pays a fee for this truck to pick up all the boxes available to residents. 5 garbage collectors are responsible for this work once a week. more photos
Where will the garbage go? It is very important to know the destination of the garbage collected. The coordinators of the association visited the prior discharge of the district capital. And here, good surprise: it was a discharge head and very well maintained. The waste arrives by truck, is dumped on land and sorted: recyclable waste are collected and sold, the organic waste is composted. The rest is buried in sloping ground. Water run off is collected in a system of 6 pools, water disinfection plant by plant.
Recycling is done at two stages of collection. Above: we strongly encourage residents to collect and store recyclable waste at home for resale to Pemulung who themselves sell the waste to Java in a recycling plant. This recycles paper and cardboard, some types of plastics and metals. This allows them to protect their environment while taking a small profit (about 10 euro cents per kilo). Downstream: when garbage is delivered to the landfill, they are resorted so that each piece is collected for recycling.
The immediate plans of Peduli Alam?
Building new bins and also seek funding to extend the area of collection in a sustainable manner over the entire coast of the area concerned, until very high in the mountain villages and, perhaps also develop the project in other regions of Bali. The task is considerable...
Continuation of the project planned for 2010 if fundraising is successful:
- Building our own recycling center, because the one of the government is 35 km away, which uses a lot of fuel.
- Installation of waste bins on beaches.
- Creating a team of cleaning and maintenance.
- Expansion project of 100 additional bins.
Where ? ( map and photos )
Located between sea and mountains, the region of Amed is inhabited by fishermen and farmers. The average wage is 2 dollars per day and children leave school as soon as they are in a position to help their parents participating in field work. They are not very educated and the illiteracy rate is above average. In Amed, there is no access to running water and the electricity available is rare. Each family raises pigs and chickens which they then sell to supplement to generate income. Through their own production, they provide 80% of their food: rice, corn, cassava, fish, herbs and wild leaves collected in the mountains.
The availability of many cheap products in plastic packaging has affected their habits. Yet the Hindu culture, which emphasizes the communion between man and nature, however, should be to everyday practice rather conducive to respect for the environment. But in recent years, increase of consumption in the lifestyle of the Balinese contradicts these concepts. The traditionnal packages were in banana leaves ... The plastic has since replaced these natural packages. Plastic bags are distributed and used without concern and the Balinese have no idea of the dangers presented by the improper disposal of these products. And the waste is unfortunately rising steadily as packaging soaps and detergents, plastic bottles, food packaging increase in availability. There are many new diseases occuring: skin diseases, diarrhea, infections... The environment is seriously threatened. The poisoned water contaminate the fragile ecosystems on land and sea. In the past few years the fish are much scarce, reducing the quantity of food for the local. The inhabitants of Amed have understood that the use of plastic and other new products is very far from their old traditions.
This allowed us to adapt our methods effectively. Charlotte moved into the village for 10 months to understand them and to better understand their reactions to western ideas. With this knowledge, she has been developing this project closer to their culture and their habits.
The water center, "the bathroom" the village ... for people and animals... Despite a noticed improvement since the program began, the ground is still littered with plastic packaging (shampoos, soaps, candies...).
Charlotte has installed collection bag on some in the village to collect the waste. And it works!
Babi guling with the villagers:
To celebrate the end of the first phase of our project, Sunday, July 12, 2009, Peduli Alam shared with the villagers of Amed the famous « babi guling », traditional Balinese meal. photos
What do we need to continue our project? Funds to purchase school supplies, communication equipment for our message (posters, ...), materials to build new waste bins as well as extending the area of effect. And this, in a sustainable manner over the entire coast of the area concerned, until very high in the mountain villages and, why not develop the project in other regions of Bali. The task is colossal... Help us