Balis first ever community environmental conference
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 June, 2011 : - - Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver Indonesia have united to create Balis Big Eco Weekend from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July, welcoming the start of the Australian school holidays. CCAI and QI are working with the Bali government led by Governor Made Mangku Pastika, the Indonesian Environment Minister, Professor Gusti Muhammad Hatta, community leaders and NGOs, to generate support and encourage environmental sustainability at Balis first ever community environmental conference, the Bali Clean and Green Stakeholder Networking and Solution Forum.
CCA Director of Media and Public Affairs, Sally Loane, says the three day event is an opportunity for Australians to give back to Bali. Bali is one of our most loved destinations and anyone heading over for the holidays has the chance to immerse themselves in the activities over the Big Eco Weekend which include cleaning the beaches, watching the surfing events and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean. Ms Loane said.
Balis Big Eco Weekend will also support the Indonesian and Balinese Governments Bali Clean and Green Road Map program, which is focusing on the need to ensure Balis unique environment is looked after.
CCAI started cleaning beaches in Bali in 2008 with the one-day event, the Bali Coastal Clean Up. Since then the clean-up has grown into a daily program on cleaning six beaches, with 76 CCAI staff and two Coke tractors collecting tonnes of rubbish, much of which is recycled.
This year the public Bali Beach Clean Up will commence on the iconic beaches of Jimbaran, Kedonganan, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak on Sunday 3 July, and hundreds of participants are expected to join in.
Surfing has played an important part in the development of the tourism industry in Bali and acts as a gateway to other destinations throughout Indonesia. Surfing activities during Balis Big Eco Weekend includes a under 16s King of the Groms and Locals vs Legends surfing competition involving Australian surfing legends Mark Richards, Tom Carrol, Martin Potter, Cheyan Horan and Jake Paterson.
Another highlight over the weekend will be Balis biggest baby sea turtle release where hundreds of baby sea turtles will be released into the ocean by locals and tourists. The baby turtles are hatched in safety, away from beach predators in a special giant turtle-shaped hatchery on Kuta Beach which was built by CCAI and QI.
Other weekend activities include a life saver race, interactive eco-village activities, surfboard painting, music and moonlight movie cinema, awards ceremony and finale beach party.
BALIS BIG ECO WEEKEND OFFICIAL AGENDA
Friday July 1st 2011:
CCAI, QI and Indonesian and Bali government representatives will conduct an Eco Forum to discuss key issues around the sustainability of the Balinese environment. This will be followed by a media press conference.
Saturday, July 2nd 2011
6am 2 pm King Of the Groms
9am 11 am Opening Ceremony
10.30am 11 am Lifesavers Race
11am 6 pm Eco Village
10am 9pm Café at the Beach
12pm 5pm Surfboards Painting, Kids Games, Eco Message Video
5pm 6pm Turtle Release + African Djembe drums performance
6pm 7pm The Hydrant music + Surf Packs Giveaway
7pm 9pm Surf Film Moonlight Cinema: Storm Riders, Moment, Kelly Slater Evolution of A Champ, Ombak Bali movie
Sunday, July 3rd 2011
6am 2 pm King Of the Groms Final
7am 9am Jimbaran & Kedonganan Beach Clean Up
10am 6pm Eco Village
12pm-1pm Dialog Dini Hari Music
1pm-3pm Kuta, Legian & Seminyak Beach Clean Up
3.30pm 4.30pm Locals & Legends Surf Challenge & Autograph Session
5pm 6pm Turtle Release
6.30pm 7pm Closing Ceremony
7pm 8pm Beach Clean Up Awards, Surf Packs Giveaway, King Of the Groms, Awards & Video Presentation, Eco Video
8pm 9pm Bondan Prakoso & Fade 2 Black Music
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