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  • Writer's pictureVanda Meriana Tangel

Rotary Club Bali Action and Mudfish No Plastic: Reducing Plastic Pollution in Bali

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." A belief that is the basis of Mudfish No Plastic’s student workshops to reduce single-use plastic and to properly dispose of plastic waste. Education is also a major focus of the philanthropic endeavours of the Rotary Club Bali Action, which for years has been investing in a wide number of programs to improve the quality of life in Bali, such as the many programs supported by Rotary Club Bali Action - Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery, Food Distribution, School Toilets, Waste Management, Clean Water Access, Maternal Health Services, Medical Assistance/Disease Prevention and Disaster Assistance.


Say "No" to Single-use plastics

In addition, the Rotary Club Bali Action also supports education projects such as Student Scholarships, Elementary Class Library, and Environmental Awareness. This year Rotary Club Bali Action sponsored student workshops held by Mudfish No Plastic at SMP N 3 Marga, Tabanan. The workshops were held once a week between 20 January 2024 until 30 March 2024. The student workshops were enhanced by a teacher workshop that involved the teachers and administrative staff.

 

Since it began, Mudfish No Plastic has run over 329 workshops reaching over 12.513 participants and 280 teachers. In these workshops Mudfish No Plastic provides an understanding of the problem of plastic pollution, specifically the danger of single-use plastic, and provides information about plastic waste management. A much-appreciated part of the workshops are the reusable bottles and tote bags that are awarded to students who correctly answer questions about the lessons. Mudfish No Plastic with Rotary Club Bali Action also provides two water filters by Nazava water, so the students and teachers have access to refill their reusable bottles.


Workshop participants are given reusable water bottles
The principal of SMP N 3, Marga received Nazava water filter from the Rotary Club Bali Action representatives

Traditionally education begins informally at home, then continues at school. Mudfish No Plastic believes that the flow of information and go in both direction, and that when students in its workshops learn about the dangers of single-use plastic they will bring what they learned home, educating their parents and their community. Together with the support of the Rotary Club Bali Action, Mudfish No Plastic is able to reach more children directly and also influence schools and families to take a bigger role in educating their children and changing their own behaviour for the positive. Bali is fortunate to have organizations like the Rotary Club Bali Action that care about the environment and the quality of life of Indonesians and are willing and able to support positive change.

 

 

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