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Jakarta Post

Ecoliteracy campaign begins in school

  • Andriana Vita

    Boyolali, Central Java

Boyolali, Central Java   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
Reuse and recycle: Andri Saputro (left), a Banyuwangi university student guide, educates locals on how to process plastic waste into eco-bricks.(JP/Nedi Putra AW)

No plastic and straw, please. The drink seller looked stunned.  The same thing happened when I refused a plastic bag at a neighborhood mini-market. “Is it okay?” the cashier asked. “Sure,” I replied. Is it so weird for people to refuse plastic bags in every purchase? We may profess to be doing no harm to the environment, but many of us continue to use plastic bags for shopping. We may think that we dispose plastics properly and that we have done the responsible thing.  Wrong.  The way we continue to use plastic in our daily activities shows that we as a nation are still, by and large, ecoilliterate. We still cannot fathom the link between nature and humans. Ecoliteracy puts humans as actors responsible to protect the environment and respect all living beings.  Before we claim that we have protected our environment, ...