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Indonesia will host the 2020 Caretakers of the Environment International (CEI) Conference, an annual conference where global participants comprising teachers and students discuss solutions to environmental problems. (Shutterstock/elenabsl)
Indonesia will host the 2020 Caretakers of the Environment International (CEI) Conference, an annual conference where global participants comprising teachers and students discuss solutions to environmental problems.
It will be Indonesia’s second time hosting the event. However, this year’s conference will be carried out for virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2010, Indonesia hosted the 24th CEI Conference in Malang regency, East Java. This year, Indonesia will host the 34th CEI Conference online with the theme “Transformation to a Sustainable Planet”.
More than 250 high school students and teachers from 15 regions, including the United States, Sweden, Turkey, Hong Kong, Russia, Poland, Costa Rica and Mexico, will meet in several discussions and workshops from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.
“Students and teachers from all across the world will have the opportunity to present their local environmental projects. Besides making new friends, they will get to know how their environmental solutions could differ and further discuss future solutions for planet Earth,” CEI Indonesia chairwoman Stien Matakupan said on Wednesday.
She said several Indonesian students would demonstrate the process of making garbage collector devices and recycling T-shirts into bags.
A student from Sekolah Alam Bogor, Zaki Musyaffa Abiyyu, said he would present his project about a portable charging device.
“I’m developing a charging device with solar power so that people can use it in remote areas where electricity is nowhere to be found, such as when hiking in the mountains. I’m so excited and looking forward to the conference,” the ninth-grader said.
Besides project presentations, there will be several discussions led by Indonesian speakers such as Butet Manurung, who will talk about Sokola Rimba (Jungle School), Lendo Novo, who founded Sekolah Alam (Nature School) and the Indonesian Nature School Network, and Rahmat Hidayat, who will share his knowledge about Sekolah Terapung (Floating School).
There will also be events featuring international speakers such as the UNESCO chairperson of social learning and sustainable development in the Netherlands, Arjen Wals, who will talk about the concept of sustainability and education, as well as Chicago-based chef and farmer Jeffrey Williams, who will share his experience in providing sustainable food.
Stien added that the conference would also feature a podcast on plastic pollution, virtual tours to a number of tourist attractions in Indonesia, cultural performances and a virtual cooking competition. (aly)
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