Mangroves can save our Planet

Mangrove is very important to save our land, water, and other creatures. As a small island, Bali is prone to erosion, but protection of its vast beaches and mangrove forests have helped save much land. The mangrove forests along Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai to Benoa Peninsula in Nusa Dua, for example, are known as a greater forest park.

The park initially had coverage of about 1,700 hectares, but the road works and other public facilities have reduced this to 1,100 hectares.

Mangroves are an assemblage of different species of trees or bushes which grow in saline, inter-tidal areas. The mangrove forest vegetation in Indonesia is classified into two categories genuine and association mangroves.

The genuine mangroves are categorized into 34 major and 0 minor types, while the association mangroves consist of 60 varieties. Out of that, more than 30 mangrove varieties grow along Bali’s beaches.

Are you ready to save our planet? Let’s support Bali to plant more mangroves in Bali.


Green Products: Safe the Planet

Most people in the world already aware with the global environment issues. "Stop Global Warming" campaign becomes a very interesting discussion in many communities. Not just the government or other non profit organizations are busy to talk and take action in global warming problems. There are a lot of women, children, students, who are very active to promote "Stop Global Warming" campaigns. They are introducing many kinds of method and example about how to create awareness among their own community.

If you have a chance to visit Jakarta, you can attend the GO GREEN exhibition in Mal Ciputra at Grogol, Jakarta. This program will attract visitor to join a lot of program such as plant 1,500 trees, talk show, make up with green products cosmetic, etc. You can bring your children to join on drawing contest, live music, and they will introduce other green products such as herbal to keep your body healthy and fresh. All of the activities are related to green products and they try to make visitors to pay more attention on environmental issues.

This program starts from February 20 up to February 24, 2008. Gramedia as the largest publisher company and Martha Tilaar as an Indonesian cosmetic company are the major sponsors of this exhibition. I hope that this program will be done by other company and organization. Are you ready to join and support Stop Global Warming campaign? Let's do it now. I know you will.


Go Green: Stop Global Warming

Everybody can contribute for the campaign to stop global warming. Let’s join now. Start your campaign from your home. If we can reduce the global warming, we can safe more money and have a better life. Can you do this? Reduce - Reuse - Recycle. You’ve heard it before. It's a beautiful Mantra. Manufacturing products produces an average of 4 to 8 times the weight of carbon dioxide for every weight unit of a manufactured product. If we reduce the usage of products, reuse the products that are still useable, and recycle trash to make our household materials, factories will produce less, and give off less carbon dioxide. It’s very simple.

You can also start the campaign in your group or maybe your club. Take the Bali Classical Motor Bike Club (Himpunan Motor Tua) in Bali for example. They did a great action on October 21, 2007 because they plant mangrove along Badung strait to Benoa and Nusa Dua, Bali. There are other motor clubs such as Harley Davidson Club Indonesia (Bali), Bikers Brotherhood, Bali British Club, Bikers Brotherhood and Rascal Raiders who joined this activity.

A similar action was also done in Jakarta, Indonesia. A group of students from Universitas Indonesia launched a campaign against global warming on November 3, 2007. They gave out brochures about global warming and how to stop it in simple ways, and they also gave houseplants to passersby. In the midst of a rain, they struggled to promote better lifestyle to Jakarta citizens, so all of them can start slowing down the impending danger of global warming. Few days later Angelina Sondakh, former Putri (Miss) Indonesia joins Campaign with Perhutani (State Own Company) in Bunderan Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta.

Their action and your participation will help other people to save our planet from destruction and another disaster in the future.

Let’s Go Green, Go Clean, and Stop Global Warming.

We're still not conscious

I was walking to an internet cafe (where I'm posting this now) when I saw a sign posted on the ground. It says "Dilarang membuang sampah sembarangan, pelanggar akan dihukum penjara..."(that was written in Indonesian, for non Indonesian speakers, it means 'No littering, violators will be arrested'. As for how long you will be held, I forgot). Next to it is a heap of burnt garbage, with the smell of burnt paper still there. Somehow, I feel an irony here. There's a sign that prohibits people to litter, and next to it people are littering.

Turns out that we're still not conscious about our surroundings. After all the effort the government does to make laws to save nature, people ignored it, and tried to find harder ways to save nature instead. If there's an easy way to conserve our planet (not littering, for example) then why think too far out and dream too high?


Creating Pesticides from Plants?

We all know that pesticides nowadays use too many artificial chemical ingredients, and it’s dangerous for our health. The chemical ingredients stick to the vegetables we eat, and then carried away into our body when we eat it. But we haven’t found a good way to get rid of pests. Using animals to eat the insects is still too expensive. Despite these problems, a young man from Indonesia has found a way to do this.

Sulfahri (18), a young man from Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia, has created pesticides from the bulbs of Dioscorea hispida, a relative to the air potato. The plant is widely known as gadung in Indonesia, and is edible if boiled. However, it contains poisonous natural chemical ingredients, and may cause nausea and vomiting if not processed well. Sulfahri made the pesticide from these chemical ingredients. The pesticide itself is especially formulated to kill a specific kind of ant that damages cocoa plants. After a long research and camping in a cocoa plantation, he succeeded in making the pesticide. His work is published in a competition sponsored by Lifebuoy®, and he was one of the winners in the category of technology developing.

Making pesticides from plants has been known in the farming business for years. Some made it from gadung, and other from tobacco. However, their works aren’t widely known around Indonesia and other parts of the world, until Sulfahri made his own pesticide and won a competition. The recipes have been published in the internet for quite a long time, but not many farmers use it. We can only hope that other farmers can start making pesticides from ingredients around them. It’s easy. If the government is willing to publish the recipes in newspapers, then the popularity of bio-pesticides – that’s what I call it – will rise. Let’s just hope, and support the government to do these acts.