Training of Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) on August 21-30 2013 was attended by 8 ASEAN countries. The training was officially opened by the Director of SEAMEO QITEP in Science. The participants are teachers who teach teach environmental education from all over Indonesia, and also participants from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Lao DPR, Thailand, and Cambodia. As one of the participant of the training, I was very grateful to attend the training. It was very exciting, fun and helpful.
In this training, we learned about environmental education for sustainable development in ASEAN context and Indonesia, environmental ethic, climate change impact, ecosystem services and conservation, zero waste life style and etc. All of the subject materials are very informative and practical. We are not just having class lectures, but also group discussion, outside tasks, and games. We are actively involved in every activity during the training.
One of the discourses that we received was about zero waste life style delivered by YPBB (Yayasan Pengembangan Biosains dan Bioteknologi). The foundation which is directed by Mr. David Sutarya, inspired participants about how to manage trash in our daily life by using 4R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost). The training contents of zero waste life style are the journey of waste and impact, waste separation and alternative methods of composting. They introduced us one alternative of composting using the Takakura basket.
The garbage are divided into different groups instead of throwing everything into the same bin. The reason is that separated garbage is reusable.
The organic wastes are put into the Takakura basket. Takakura basket is easy to do and does not require wide area. Professor Takakura from Japan finds decomposting methods using simple materials. The basket coated inside with cardboard and half filled with rice hull and compost as a starter.
In the so called white bin, is the place for paper wastes. While in the so called yellow bin, plastics, glasses are thrown to this place. The red one is the actual wastes that are difficult and cannot be recycled.
Cool isn’t it?
I think this kind of training not only for environmental educators but also should be spread out widely through communities, households and event organizers because the issues on waste management are increased waste dumping caused by human population which is increasing every year. The more waste dumped makes the age of final disposal site to be shortened. Therefore, efforts are needed to reduce waste at the source. And these efforts should be done by various parties and can not only rely on the Government.
Back to the training of EESD. Participants are also have the chance to visit “Rumah Compost” at Cigadung Compostry Bandung and met Professor Sobirin who explained us about how to produce home compost. We also visited Saung Angklung Udjo. At the end, we performed cultural show of each respective countries and region.