UBUD, Bali (BPN) – The series of Festival Tepi Sawah this year showed strong efforts to spread the awareness of go green and love for the environment. The festival also invited kids to take care of the environment through a maestro of Balinese fairy tale Pekak (grandpa) Made Taro, at Omah Apik, Pejeng, Ubud, on Sunday morning.
The program began with storytelling by Pekak Made Taro, who presented old Balinese stories. For two hours, Pekak Taro with kids and tourists played and sang together. Pekak Taro also interacted several times by mixing Balinese, English and Indonesian language.
The activities carried out the messages to preserve the environment. For example, in one of the songs called Burung Camar (Seagulls). The lyric says, “kurangi, gunakan kembali, daur ulang” (reduce, reuse, recycle) as a reminder that we should always love the environment by reducing and recycling waste.
This recycling activity was then soon practiced in a workshop session by Arum Christina. About 80 children were invited to paint on plastic bottles using safe water-based acrylic paint.
Through this activity, Arum wants to teach them to reduce plastic and convert waste that can still be used.
“This festival is a moment to spread the message so that people are aware of why we should make artwork from used-bottles,” she said.
The workshop was then continued by Gustra Adnyana from Little Talks by inviting the kids to draw their superheroes. Little Talks is a café and a small library located in Campuhan, Ubud. Its activities are related to the development of creativity and imagination of the youth.
“We are focusing on developing imagination because there are many Indonesian children who have never read, sometimes only know things from TV,” he said.
Gustra revealed that many children made superheroes to save rice fields. According to him, Balinese children are very close to rice fields, so they imagine that rice fields were their own home.
“I hope, through this session these children can create their books and their ideas can be brought to their daily environment,” he said.