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PERI BUMI’s impact on climate change in Indonesia

7 August 2023 | Member Stories

Catalyst 2030 member PERI BUMI, Indonesia

SDG 4 Quality Education SDG 5 Gender Equality SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production SDG 13 Climate action

A 2021 global Unicef report, The Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index, showed that children in Indonesia are facing serious risks due to climate change. Pollution, coastal floods and diseases spread by insects threaten their education, health and safety. Recognising the need for urgent action, Catalyst 2030 member Yasmina Hasni founded PERI BUMI in the same year, driven by worries about her own children’s future.

PERI BUMI’s goal is to help mothers, teachers and children learn sustainable practices and responsible consumption to tackle environmental challenges. Yasmina believes that connecting children with nature, will make them feel responsible for taking care of the Earth.

With PERI BUMI, Yasmina is building a movement to tackle climate problems in Indoneisa and secure a better future for generations to come.

Yasmina started with an education centre, writing the curriculum herself and building childcare and preschool facilities.

With a focus on communities, education and connection, PERI BUMI offers a programme of mentor-driven workshops that build the skills needed to enable environmental savings. The workshops prepare mothers, teachers and children to solve climate problems through behavioral changes..

“Mothers,” Yasmina says, “play the very important role of decision-makers in every household. In Indonesia, most of the waste in landfills comes from households in the form of food waste. Most of the carbon energy use also comes from households”.
“If we empower mothers, support and believe in them, and provide them with knowledge, skills and self-confidence, the impact will be huge. They have a very strong reason make it work, the protection of their children’s future.”
The workshops teach participants about the climate crisis and also how to be mindful and raise mindful children. Beyond that they teach upcycling, composting, effective kitchen management, growing foods, effective waste management and how to reduce household energy. “So we work with environmental-based stakeholders as well as education, parenting and social protection providers,” Yasmina explains.
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According to the Unicef report Indonesia is ranked among the top 50 countries where children face high risks from climate change. Issues like waste management and deforestation pose significant dangers.

To safeguard children’s future, long-term interventions in education and workforce development can help mitigate health and social risks. Developing skills and human resources for sustainable economies is crucial to address the planetary health challenges we confront.

Solution and impact

Taking a connection-based approach, PERI BUMI empowers communities through programmes that provide in-depth knowledge, toolkits and mentoring from local and international experts. The focus is on encouraging communities to use local data, engage in campaigns and craft innovative solutions. By collaborating with local and international stakeholders, including practitioners, experts, policymakers, and funders, the organisation fosters a robust educational environment for mothers and teachers.

PERI BUMI aims to cultivate a movement centered around education that breaks the cycle of wasteful consumption. Adopting the ’10R’ approach — refuse, rethink, reduce, reuse, repair, refurbish, remanufacture, repurpose, recycle and ramble — the initiative seeks to change behaviours and inspire participants to spread the message within their communities.

A rapidly growing movement

Over the past year, PERI BUMI has experienced remarkable growth, expanding from 55 ambassadors and 11 facilitators to 250 ambassadors and 50 facilitators in the mothers’ workshops. Moreover, a community was formed in 2022 resulting in an active community of over 1,500 mothers.

This year PERI BUMI is organising workshops for teachers and elementary school children to promote the inclusion of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into curricula and lesson plans. Participants will create their own projects as solutions to environmental issues. The organisation has also forged new partnerships and secured additional grants to implement educational programmes.

Making real contributions through collaboration

Through collaboration, PERI BUMI has made tangible contributions. For instance, the collaboration with Parongpong RAW LAB, known as PERI PONG, involves recycling toy waste from households to create raw materials for making playground toys in parks. This initiative aims to replace plastic toys, which contribute to landfill waste, with eco-friendly alternatives, aligning with a global mindset focused on localised problem-solving.

What do you see as the benefit of your Catalyst 2030 membership?

Catalyst 2030 gives us opportunities to collaborate on projects with other members, learn more and share our curriculum and approach. We hope to make our movement bigger so the participants could also collaborate with Catalyst members on projects.

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