On Friday August 31st, 2018, we had our first Eco Youth gathering in our Zero Waste to Oceans – Community Environment and Skills Center. Eco Youth is a club by R.O.L.E. Foundation to empower Indonesia’s youth to become role model for sustainable environment. Twenty four enthusiastic youth across Bali came to discuss environment problem and its solutions, get their hands dirty through learning by doing.

During 3 hours from 2-5 pm, these youth from diverse background were united by the same concern of increasing pollution in the island of Bali and the need of youth actions to solve this problems. Some of them were students with Agrotechnology major, Marine and Fisheries, Medicine, English, Management, or regular students in junior and senior high school. All of them were eager to learn more about environment and share what they have been doing in combating waste problem. Separating the waste and making compost are the most common activities they have been doing on their own.

In this Eco Youth first gathering they learnt together about waste separation, composting using lasagna method, the importance of seed bank, the advantages of having seed balls, companion planting, natural dyes, traditional weaving, soap upcycling, and planting trees. All of this activities provided by R.O.L.E. Foundation to stimulate their ideas in solving environmental problems.

We hope this meeting could gather all passionate youth across Bali and Indonesia and they could become the leaders of tomorrow who are able to inspire future generations to live sustainable lifestyle for green and healthy Bali and Indonesia.