Everybody knows that waste is a very big problem all over Asia,so it is in Indonesia.Exerts talking about a real waste management crisis.And its getting more worse and worse with growing tourism,economics and cities.Indonesia has no waste managment systems,no garbage collections as we know that from western countries,no waste seperation and you can hardly find waste bins. The local peole just throw all their trash into the nature or rivers or they burn their garbage. One of the main reasons is that the local peole do not have the awareness to taking care of their environment,the awareness for a clean and green,a waste-free and plastic-free environment.
And this is the where our project work starts with the CARE NOW project.
We can not change everything in a quick time but what we mostly want is to encourage the local community here to taking more awareness of indonesias waste problem.
This project is very close to my heart and we started it with our fully conviction.I am a german emigrant and you maybe can imagine how difficult it is to see and understand all the rubbish everywhere and to see peole throwing rubbish in the rivers and burning their rubbish (even organic waste and toxic waste!) ,and to try to understand the local attitude. We as westerns do know about the impacts of this problem like air polution,global warming,climate change,health effects,all the plastic ends up in the oceans,etc.But the locals don`t!
They dont get any education and if some of them do, they find it difficult to change something as there is no support from the government like a good-working waste management.
What we dont want is disabuse the community as they wont follow our project ( indonesian people wont listen to a western if they dont behave polite and just tell them you are doing wrong,you should do that!).We are trying to organise small workshops and meetings to discus these topics in a comfortable way for both sides.
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT ABOUT?
It is about topics like conservation,protection of animals and nature,but the focus will be the education,training and support of local communities about waste,waste management,waste reduction,waste seperation,waste burning and its impact to the environment ( global warming and climate changing,air polution) same like health effects,recycling,composting (locals even burn their organic waste),waste recovery and wate reduse.
We want a clean and green environment and a trash and plastic free nature ( plastic get thrown in the rivers where fishes or chickens can eat small plastic particles which ends up in human stomaches if they eat those animals,all the plastic trash ends up in our big ozeans where it harms the ecosystem of animals and plants).
Another imortant fact is how to handle toxic trash?For the moment all toxic trash like battieries,old medicines,etc, get threatens like normal trash and is just thrown away into nature and rivers which is a disaster.There are no disposal route here to get rid off it.
KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND GREEN
SAY NO TO PLASTIC
These are our project slogans!
The project is part of our Ecotourism and its policies:
We finance this project with 5% of our profits.
Furtherway we have some amazing friends and partner from TheGrassvan.com who created the lovely project logo for us and who lately donated some money for the project work!
THANK YOU CARO,TOBI & MAX SO FAR FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT <3
For the future we hope to find guests which are willed to help and support our project.
If you would like to donate something,please contact us.
Any donations-no matter how small or large-can make a difference!Thank you!
ECOFRIENDLY TOTE BAGS
One part of the CARE NOW project are these ecofriendly totebags. We are making them together with local people (material,tailor, printer) to hand them out to the community for free. Our hope is that locals will use them as a shopping alternative to the usual plastic bags and therefore the consequene will be a reduction of plastic trash. Until now we got great feedback from the community and they all were happy and keen about this campaign and it seems that they understood the aim of the CARE NOW project which makes us confident for further activities like that.
PICTURES SPEAK MORE THAN WORDS
Furthermore we were able to create and print out big and colourful photo collages from the lately donated money of our friends from TheGrassVan.They will help to explain the community about all the waste problem and its effects to the environment like described above in a more demonstrative way. There are also pictures about the effects of the global warming and climate changings which we talked about.and we explained through these collages the photosynthesis of trees,about oxygen and carbon,and told them about the fact that palm oil palms produce more carbon than oxygen and are therefore really not good for a balanced environment,we talked about recycling and waste seeration,about how long things need to rot,about composting,landfills full of waste and many other things like that.The photocollages really help the people to understand everything more easy.
With the support of our friend Marion from
http://marestella.me/ , we have designed 3 new styles for ecofriendly totebags which are now ready for sale in our familys guesthouse Bukit Lawang Indah.
The proceeds go 100% towards our CARE NOW PROJECT <3. (23rd march 2017).
Spreading the CARE NOW message in local kindergardens
We are trying to educate the youngest generations about the huge plastic and rubbish problem and hope to encourage them not to throw rubbish away anymore. On 27th of september 2017 we have visited the local kindergarden NUSAH INDAH LANGKAT and brought them our ecofriendly tote bags and talked about the impacts of rubbish in the nature.
CARE NOW team visits a local food market
On 20th of october 2017, we went to a local market to spread the CARE NOW ecofriendly totebags there...for free,of course.
It was interesting and fun because we just had positive feedbacks from the locals who were open minded to listen to what we had to tell them about global plastic pollution.We saved about 70 plastic bags in only 2 hours!!!You can imagine how many plastic bags are still used in a day,momth or year in only one small village...its crazy! .We really hope that the community will use the cloth bags next time they go shopping at the market.
You can easily help...just bring cloth bags next time you visit Bukit Lawang:)
#SAY NO TO PLASTIC#STOP GARBAGE#REDUCE#REUSE#RECYCLE#
#KEE YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND GREEN#
(together with us)
If you would like to donate something, please contact us.
Any donations-no matter how small or large-can make a difference!