The Eco Club students at SMA1 Semarapura organized their first recycling event last Friday for the 11th grade class of 200 students. They created a very compelling powerpoint presentation. The school principal strongly promoted the event…and I did my thing as Head Cheerleader of Keep Bali Beautiful.
Our message was simple. The plastic and other trash from 4 million Balinese and a like number of tourists is killing this beautiful island. It’s poisoning the air and water, killing the animals and will eventually destroy the economy as the tourists opt for cleaner places to vacation.
We then ask who can solve this problem. The students looked around at their teachers, their principal and finally at one another. We told them they are the solution to Bali’s pollution problems and they could Keep Bali Beautiful.
They believed, and took this pledge:
Saya Berjanji Untuk Jauhkan SMA1 dan Bali Indah
Dengan Daur Ulang Sampah
“I promise to keep my high school and Bali beautiful by recycling plastic, paper and glass garbage.”
Our Eco Club leaders will go on a field trip next week to see where the garbage they collect is taken to be recycled, and to see a legal and illegal dump….We’re making progress here one high school class at a time.
If you’d like to help please, go to Keep Bali Beautiful.