The Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre is not a Petting Zoo

The people at Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) are busy bees and beavers. Besides the conservation work they do with Bali Starlings at Nusa Penida and other release sites around Bali, and the reforestation efforts at Tanjung Puting national park in Central Kalimantan, they are also in the business of rescuing, rehabilitating and […]

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Valentine’s Day Staycations Pamper and Rejuvenate

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with flowers and chocolates. Both are the go-to gifts for those clueless about what to give their partner on this very special day. This year, why not shake things up a bit by booking an accommodation and treatment package that combines healing and pampering. If you are overwhelmed by the sheer […]

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Can the World’s Billionaires Save our Planet?

‘How dare you?’ snarled teenage Greta Thunberg to the world at large when she spoke at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York last year and proceeded to castigate present generations for failing to protect and safeguard a safe and eco-friendly future for people of her generation; for allowing climate change to go […]

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Sustainable and Practical: All-Terrain Bamboo Wheelchairs

Indonesia lacks services and infrastructure for people with disabilities. This means that many children and adults, and particularly those living in villages where the rough terrain is not suitable for normal wheelchairs, are confined to their homes. To try to rectify this dire situation, Eco Living Bali, a supplier of sustainable products made from natural […]

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Can you live a Zero-Waste Life in Bali?

On a worldwide level much hoopla surrounds waste management and the effort to clean up our soiled and littered planet. Some countries and communities are way ahead of the pack and most every country in the world is doing something to contain, limit or manage their waste. Cleanup has many guises. But where does all […]

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Emerging Writers Program Showcases Indonesia’s Talent

As a part of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), each year a group of young Indonesian writers is chosen to represent the country’s creative talent. Set up in 2008 by Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, which is also the foundation behind the UWRF, the Emerging Writers Program selects the best wordsmiths from across the […]

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The Fun Factoid Festival

Here is another instalment of Trivia quiz-worthy titbits, followed by some ‘Did you know..?’ facts you can add to your EQ (educational quotient). The world is full of wonders and provides great fodder for dinner table conversations and a spark for lagging first date get-to-know-each other chats. The national flag of Nepal has a very […]

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The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Permit me to broach a controversial topic. Today’s story is not about sex, politics or religion, the usual favourite subjects of strident, opinionated and divisive harangues or polemics. At least not directly. This is a rant about animal abuse and experimentation clothed under the term of experimentation and medical research ‘for the good and/or progress […]

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Education Program Aimed at School Children Raises Environmental Awareness

With the slogan “helping people to help themselves,” the IDEP Foundation’s TUNAS program is striving to instigate sustainable reform in Bali by developing children’s interest in environmental protection and conservation. TUNAS, which is an acronym for Teman Untuk Semesta (Friends of the Universe), started back in February this year and has two main themes: permaculture […]

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