What is Pari island Expedition?
It’s a trip arrange by SHINE to learn about Marine Ecosystem, Empathy, Global Warning, and Pollutions.
What is SHINE?
SHINE is abbreviations of Sustainable Hyper-platform Indonesian of Education Network. The Founder is Ms. Ines Setiawan, a teacher who cares to provide affordable and high quality education for all people.
Who lead the trip?
Pari Island Expedition lead by Kak Rahel and Pak Yuri Romero. Pak Yuri is founder of MAN Forum. He said we can call him, abang, om, or oppa.
But kiddos say, don’t call him oppa ma. Why? I ask. They said, Korean use Oppa for calling a boyfriend. What??!! Too much Korean Movie!
Why we join this trip?
- We never go to Pari Island.
- Just right in time. Since I’m unemployed (most of SHINE project are in weekdays), hence I can accompanied kiddos to learn about marine ecosystem by real experience.
- Affordable price
How we get there?
|one of this boat will take us to Pari Island|
Meeting point at Tanjung Pasir dock. A Boat will take us to Pari Island in an hour trip.
December will not be a good suggestion to sail. Due to Indonesian rain sessions. Thanks to Global Warming that makes weather unpredictable.
That morning, wind breeze quite strong, with little drizzling. Praise God everything was smooth. Some got seasick due to billowy sea.
|Beautiful sunset at Tanjung Pasir Beach|
After almost two hour, we reach Pari Island. It takes much longer trip than we expected. Captain lead the boat very careful and slow, due to big wave, litter clogged the drainage system, and machine got very hot.
What we learn during Pari Island Expedition?
We learn about ecosystem and its function.
|Pak Yuri explaining Marine Ecosystem|
What is ecosystem? An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows.
Specifically we learn about Marine Ecosystem.
Coral Reef, Mangrove are example of Marine Ecosystem.
Coral reefs provide food and shelter to the highest levels of marine diversity in the world.
What is the function of Mangrove?
|Canoeing between mangrove forest|
Mangroves are essential to maintain coastal fisheries, durable timber property, potential as tourism spot, protect coastlines from the effects of cyclones and storms and protect coral reefs from sediments and pollutants.
1. Maintain coastal fisheries
Mangroves serve as valuable nursery areas for fish and invertebrates, such as shrimp, crustaceans, mollusks, and fishes. It means, mangrove provide a rich source of food while also offering refuge for small fish from predation.
2. Durable timber property
Mangroove wood are use for construction material, like building houses, boats, pilings and furniture. It’s durable, resistant to rot and insects, making it extremely valuable.
3. Potential tourism
Mangrove Forrest is a potential place for tourism. Diversity of life inhabiting mangrove system, combining with coral reef and white sandy beaches will attract tourist to explore and enjoying beautiful marine scenery.
4. Protect Coastline and Coral Reef
Mangroves protect coastline from damaging storm and hurricane winds, waves, and floods. Mangroves help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their tangled root systems. They maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land.
5. Trapping waste and litter
Impact of Littering on Marine Ecosystem
One Man Trash is another man…. TRASH!, said pak Yuri on MAN Forum FB page.
|Plastic waste are everywhere|
Yep, that’s what we saw during Pari Island Expedition. Plastic waste, metal waste, even slippers, are trapped in the mangrove roots.
Mangrove plants with its array of adaptations and physical features are somewhat sturdy plants. But garbage or waste (include liquid, oil, metal, plastic waste) in sufficient quantities, over a long period of time, will result in a chain reaction affecting the plants’ ability to take root, grow, reproduce and provide the all important benefits commonly associated with mangrove communities.
Plastic bags and tin cans can interfere with mangrove growth (e.g. by smothering pneumatophores and leaves) and may release pollutants which could affect the health of mangroves.
How that waste and litter get there?
In many parts of the world, waste and litter are released directly into the water. High tide will bring all the waste to nearest island, and mangrove root will trapped it. So when the water are subsides all the waste and litter stuck in there. It gave major aesthetic impact, affecting tourists who visit the mangroves.
Jakarta, one of the largest megacities worldwide, has becoming huge contribution for supplying waste, pollutions, into islands surround.
Can we help to keep the ocean clean?
Of course you can, thanks for asking. Here’s what we can do together.
1. Beach Clean Up
|Beach clean up|
Much of the plastic and debris found in the ocean has its beginnings in beach litter. As beach crowds increase, so does the amount of trash left behind. Don’t let your day at the beach contribute to the destruction of our oceans. Bring a trash bag with you for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups.
|This is waste and litter from beach clean up|
This is what we do during our Pari Island Expedition, we help the locals to clean the beach. And you should, doing the same thing.
2. Reduce, reuse, recycle of disposable plastics.
Ninety percent of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once and then chucked: grocery bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, straws, coffee-cup lids. Take note of how often you rely on these products and replace them with reusable versions. It only takes a few times of bringing your own bags to the store, silverware to the office, or travel mug to coffee shop before it becomes habit.
3. F&B must environmentally friendly
Thanks to SHINE, Rahel, and Pak Yuri, who makes Pari Island Expedition so much fun. Kiddos are happy and learning, so are the parents.