GRADUATION & WORLD OCEANS DAY
Wednesday 13th June 2018
The first day after graduating was World Oceans Day – isn’t that special and doesn’t it give you a kind of “aw-it’s-meant-to-be” feeling? That’s what it felt like for me anyways; a reward after lots of hard work. I wanted to share with you something I wrote hours before graduating highschool before I talk a bit about the success of World Oceans Day:
“I guess this is the last blog post I’ll write as a High school kid. Thats right…this girl’s about to graduate. I’m in the hat and gown. Its still hard to believe that it is the big day.
A year ago, I set off onto this journey of graduating a year early. It took an immense amount of energy and time and work for me to get to this point. I can’t believe I made it. At this point you’re probably searching for the answers to the very big but casually said question “What NEXT?”.
Well, for those of you that know me – you know I can’t sit still; so I’ve planned myself the most incredible, exciting year ahead full of internships or learning experiences to help gain the skills and network for an upcoming project! Already two weeks after my graduation I set out on an expedition circumnavigating bali on a recycled raft with other change makers (Make A Change World, Divers Clean Action) on the island. Keep an eye out for it as we #KelilingBali !! Afterwards, you’ll find me preparing fro the October conference, IMF and OUr Oceans – then, I’ve got internships lined up in Munich, New York, and circling back home to Indonesia where I will be in Jakarta for a few months where I plan to work for National Government (just to get a good taste and see what it’s all about). But I’ll be in Bali until the end of October focusing on local actions…and also to just “chill” a bit, I also have to see what thats all about.
People keep telling me that its not gonna be that different for me when I’m done with school. But trust me, graduating from the Greenschool – a school I’ve attended for the past ten years – LIFE WILL be different. I know I haven’t really been at school the past several months (its a hard knock life) but I wouldn’t be who I am without that school. I remember my first day, I remember my first best friend, my first boyfriend, I remember eating lunch with Bel by the bridge, I remember climbing up the bamboo poles and the teachers begging us to come down. I remember feeding the pigs our left overs, I remember breaking my arms, spraining my ankles. I remember when there were only 6 kids in my class, I remember that lesson in class learning about significant people. I will remember what this school has taught me, given me, made me.
I’m motivated more than ever to go out into the world – I’ve got this “bring it ON” vibe thats bursting! I know a big part of my work will be towards ensuring a shift within traditional schooling systems. Shit needs to start changing and I’ll make sure my children get to have the same experience I did in high school.
So here’s to Greenschool for shaping me, challenging me and encouraging me to go out there and do better every single day.
You can take the girl out of the school, but you can’t take the school out of the girl.”
8th June 2018
NOW: WORLD OCEANS DAY.
This was another One Island One Voice kickass event. Instead of doing the beach clean ups we decided we wanted to do something a little different this time. Something more symbolic to show a united front. SO – we organized Human Waves across five locations around the island.
“Take A Stand & Hold My Hand”
We covered up to 1000m of beach all together, from Kuta, Nusa Dua, Amed, Sanur and Batu Bolong. A special thank you to our coordinators: Yudai, Daniela, JRX, Nadya, Indigo, Inca, Melati – and everyone who came out and added their hands to our #HumanWave
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Program at Alaya Dedaun Kuta
June 2018, Alaya Dedaun Kuta recently conducted a CSR & Environmental Preservation activity with a “Mangrove Forest Planting” at Eco Wisata Bali (Kampoeng Kepiting, Tuban), a mangrove conservation site located at By Pass Ngurah Rai near the toll gate.
This program was attended by staff and management teams from Alaya Dedaun Kuta, Tanaya Bed & Breakfast, Dala Spa and Tans Bakery and Pastry. It was launched with a few words of encouragement from Resident Manager of the Alaya Dedaun Kuta, Mrs Dewi Artini, together with Mr Kadek Agus Diana from Eco Wisata Bali.
Approximately 100 mangrove trees were planted during this initiative in an effort to help preserve the local ecosystem and its biological diversity. As they grow, the trees will also serve to protect Bali’s coastal area from erosion. Moreover, the mangrove forests are expected to effectively alleviate the effects of natural disasters, such as unusually high tides, tropical storms and tsunami waves.
We do hope that this kind of activity will enhance environmental awareness amongst our staff members. By taking action now as a likeminded community, we can all make a difference to how we leave Bali for future generations.
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