YLCCC 2017: 3 Days as a Climate Ranger

“Earth provides enough for everyone’s need, but not for every man’s greed.”

(Mahatma Gandhi)

Earlier this year from February 24th to 26th 2017, I got a chance to participate at the Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017 (YLCCC 2017) in Bandar Lampung with a visit to UNESCO site at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. YLCCC is a 3-day training which aim is to equip 50 selected youth from all over Indonesia with knowledge on climate change. The selection itself was rather rigorous and competitive. Prior to this event, the prospective participants must make a team consist of 5 persons with gender balance (either 3 women and 2 men or 3 men and 2 women). Each team had to fill the form, also send our Curriculum Vitae along with motivation letters.

Actually, my team failed once in the selection of YLCCC at Gunung Leuser National Park which was held some days prior to the one in Lampung. But we tried to edit our motivation letters to make sure that our intentions delivered into the committee’s minds and fit the requirements. February 20th, 2017 marked the day when we got the announcement of our participations. It was a good news for my team: Reni, Uty, Faris and Garda, as we were able to participate in the event.

Day 1 – February 24th. 2017

On the first day, 50 delegates who come from different places in Indonesia gathered at Ashoka Luxury Hotel in Bandar Lampung to learn and discuss climate change. This event was held by The Climate Reality Project Indonesia, YFCC (Youth for Climate Change) Indonesia, UNESCO, SIDA, UNCC-LEARN, UNITAR in order to equip youth with knowledge on climate change and share the knowledge after the event. The committee greeted us with a warm welcome and gave us a morning coffee. It was a nice first impression.

The first thing was a pre-test! The pre-test was conducted by the committee in order to assess the participant’s knowledge on climate change. It contains 10 questions about various topics which we will discuss for the following 3 days. Then, we had welcoming remarks from Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO Jakarta), Amanda Katili Niode (Climate Reality Project Indonesia) and Kristina Rekakavaz (UN:CC Learn). Next thing, we had an ice breaking from the MC, Ms. Lia Zakiyyah. After that, we had a coffee break and lunch.

We had some sessions afterward. The first session after the lunch was a brief introduction on climate change by Mrs. Amanda. It was a nice session. Even some of us who did not really familiar with climate change issues and terms were getting enough insights on climate change. After that, we had a short introduction on UNESCO and how can UNESCO help in combating climate change. UNESCO has a role in educating sustainable development goals, to assess the risk of natural disaster, to monitor the effect on climate change in UNESCO sites and to promote low carbon use.

Then, we had an introduction to Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park by Mr. Timbul Batubara, the Head of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. He told us about the programs in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and its correlation with climate change. He has done various works which helped to raise a number of rare species there. The next session was about Carbon Footprint by Mrs. Murni Titi. The participants learned how to calculate our carbon footprint use.

Learning about carbon footprint with Mrs. Murni Titi. (Source: YLCCC Team)

After the next coffee break, we learned about how to communicate climate change to the mass from Ms. Lia Zakiyyah. The main emphasis of this session was that so we can portray positive vibes that we will gain if we prevent climate change from happening. Since most of these days’ campaign on climate change portray only the dangers caused by climate change. The last for today was a session from Ray Nayoan about how to turn our ideas into a great short movie which will be the good for climate change campaign.

Day 2 – February 25th, 2017

We were supposed to gather at the hotel lobby at 6.00 am, but it turned out that most of the participants showed up late at the venue. It seemed that the participant’s lack of rest triggered this. Hence, we entered the bus at 6.30 am and had our breakfast there. We had to have our breakfast on the way because it takes about 3 hours from Bandar Lampung to the meeting point at Bukit Barisan National Park (TNBBS). We got a warm welcoming remark from TNBBS.

Balai Taman Nasional Bukit Barisan Selatan. (Source: YLCCC Team)

The 10 teams were divided into 3 routes: Rhino Camp, Tarsius, and Turaff Waterfall. My team went to Rhino Camp with some other groups. We started our journey from the post of Rhino Camp with some guides from locals and TNBBS. The guides told us that we can encounter elephants and Rafflesia arnoldi if we are lucky enough. In the end, we did not encounter any elephants or Rafflesia flower. We only saw some of the elephant’s traces such as the feces’ and footprints.

It was not easy to encounter elephants because they have a great sense of human signs such as smells and sounds. They could predict human whereabouts from 5 kilometers distance. Some of us have taken a bath this morning and smelled good so it could be the cause of why the elephants did not show their nose for us.

The view of the main post at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBBS).

What really interesting about our journey today, was our encounter of Nephentes. As we already know, Nephentes could digest small animals such as ants when it entered its inside. The inside of Nephentes contains water which can be used for cures of various diseases before its bloom, but it will become toxic once it has bloomed.

Other than that, we also managed to plant some small trees in some areas which have been prepared by the guides. It was fun and also encouraging. Our hands were dirty, but we were happy to do these things. At the end of the journey, the guides released some birds as a symbolism of the birds’ rights to have freedom within nature. There were also some other animals which have been confiscated from irresponsible hunters such as kukangs and snakes which also got released.

We went back to the hotel and arrived at 19.28 pm. After a one-hour break, we got two sessions from Ms. Lia and Mr. Ray. Ms. Lia reviewed how we can frame our campaign into positive thinking, while Mr. Ray reviewed our video shots which we took prior to the session while we did our journey at TNBBS. Our videos were not really good, which become the main topic of the discussion. Mr. Ray pointed to some of our faults while taking the videos and gave some solutions to overcome these problems. Finally, we got a new task for tomorrow! To make a short film: the script, the shooting, and the editing. Not forget to mention, we also got some tasks for the post-camp activities.

The session about video-editing with Mr. Ray Nayoan.

Day 3 – February 26th, 2017

Today we began our activities at 8.00 am after having a quick breakfast due to our late wake-up. Our first task was to shoot a short video to give positive frame about climate change. Our team chose “Think Eat Save” as the theme. The main purpose of this theme is to prevent the viewers to not throw away the food and take it only as they needed.

Wasting the food can increase gas emission on the earth. So we should decrease meat and other foods with high carbon consumption. In addition, by decreasing meat consumption we can replace it with vegetables. Consuming vegetables can decrease carbon emission on earth.

We took 2 hours to take a video, from 08.00 am-11.00 am. We were guided by Mr. Ray on producing visual story-telling. He gave tips and tricks such as managing ISO, duration, zooming and angle. In presentation session from Mr. Ray, we can understand the materials. But in reality, it is not that easy. We got some problem like taking the angle, noises from surrounding areas and lighting. But that is OK for us as a beginner. At 11:00 am, we started editing the video. The movies of my group did not finish yet due to the short time.

After lunch, all of the group presented their videos. It was a funny moment to watch how diverse is of each team’s video. They made video campaign with their own style. Unfortunately, my group video could not be played due to the technical issue. Mr. Ray gave each group technical advice to make sure that they can make good videos.

At last, we got a post-test from the committee. The problems were similar to the pre-test which we got on our first day. If we were to recall, most of us can do the test better than the pre-test. We also wrote a postcard which we sent to our address to remind us the dream to combat climate change in our own ways. It was a memorable experience, especially for me who love to do Postcrossing around the world.

We were sending our postcards!