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August 17 2022 Green Our Independence

August 17 2022 Green Our Independence

The Celebration of Agustus 17 1945 (Pinterest)
The Celebration of Agustus 17 1945 (Pinterest)

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Generasi Hijau, soon we will commemorate our 77  years of independence! This year we bring the spirit of “recover faster, rise stronger”. In celebrating Indonesian independence day on August 17, 1945, let’s throwback to our motherland environment condition! As we discussed earlier in this article, environmental problems are getting worse. This is a moment to voice the importance of protecting the earth again. One solution is to adopt a green lifestyle. We can make the tradition of commemorating independence greener. Here are tips for green on August 17!

1. Using Cloth Flag

Indonesian Cloth Flag (Garry Lotulung / Kompas.com)
Indonesian Cloth Flag (Garry Lotulung / Kompas.com)

Before independence day, Indonesians always wave their country’s flag in front of their houses. This is a form of respect and gratitude for the independence achieved. Not only on the house, but the flag is also a decoration of the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, usually, the decorations are often made of plastic. Of course, this is a problem because it is only used once and is not long-lasting.

Generasi Hijau, if you want to make green independence decorations, use cloth flags. Even though it is more pricey, at least your community can reuse it every year. Cloth flags are more solid and durable.

2. Serving Dishes Without Single-use Plastic Packaging

Tirakatan As A Tradition of Independence Day (Ferli Achirulli Kamaruddin / Dreamstime)
Tirakatan As A Tradition of Independence Day (Ferli Achirulli Kamaruddin / Dreamstime)

Dining is a complement to the independence day celebration. This is one of the favorite agendas for the August 17 commemoration. Usually, joint dining is held one day before, it is called tirakatan. This event is also held on D day. When eating together, a variety of delicious Indonesian specialties are served. This is also a form of gratitude for the blessing of independence.

If your neighborhood holds joint dining, you can encourage them to use reusable cutlery such as glass plates and cups, aluminum spoons, winnows, napkins, and provide refill drinking water. This solution is very useful for preventing plastic and paper waste. Please make sure the portion of food available is sufficient and not excessive. If there is excess, it can be shared to people in need.

3. Neighborhood Immaculation Competition

Gotong Royong (rri.co.id)
Gotong Royong (rri.co.id)

Holding an immaculate competition or mutual assistance (Indonesia: gotong royong) can be a choice for the Independence Day celebration. The culture of gotong royong is still inherent in Indonesia. Usually, this activity is held before independence day. Gotong royong could be one of the 17 August competitions to make it more exciting and enthusiastic. Besides keeping the environment clean and healthy, this activity is also good for empowering the brotherhood.

4. Wrapping Gifts with Scrap Paper

Gift Wrapped in Used Newspaper (Bisikan.com)
Gift Wrapped in Used Newspaper (Bisikan.com)

Besides gotong royong, the commemoration of independence day on August 17, 1945 is also familiar with traditional competitions. For example, eating crackers, spooning marbles, put in nails in bottles, tug of war, and climbing slippery trees. We’ve all followed it. Usually, the winner of the competition will get a prize for his victory.

In order to make the August 17 celebration greener, gifts can be wrapped using scrap paper. By utilizing used goods, the committee can save the cost to wrap gifts. Moreover, using used goods is also good for reducing waste.

5. Give Sustainable Kit As a Gift

Sustainable Kit (Renaud Vejus / Dreamstime)
Sustainable Kit (Renaud Vejus / Dreamstime)

In addition to wrapping gifts with used paper, the August 17 celebration committee can also give sustainable kits as gifts. The prizes given include bamboo straws or stainless steals, eco-friendly shopping bags, lunch boxes, Tumblr, loafs, and organic soap. With this strategy, you can also campaign for an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

As a result, It will help your neighbors to expand their knowledge about the importance of protecting the environment. This gift can be their weapon to start implementing an eco-friendly lifestyle.

6. Capture Green Independence Day Moment

Independence Day Video Documentation In Benda Baru Pamulang (Youtube)
Independence Day Video Documentation In Benda Baru Pamulang (Youtube)

When commemorating independence on August 17, 2022, many youth will share their independence day moments on social media. Generasi Hijau, will you implement an eco-friendly lifestyle in independence day celebration? Don’t forget to capture your #MerdekaHijau moment! Also, spread the #MerdekaHijau spirit to your social media followers. You can create Instagram story content, feeds, reels, TikTok videos, and even YouTube content. Social media is the most powerful tool for spreading awareness. As a digital generation, let’s use social media to spread goodness for the future of the earth and Indonesia!

7. Held Environmental Campaign

Independence Day Beach Cleanup by EcoRanger (Rendra Rafsanjani Arifin / EcoRanger)
Independence Day Beach Cleanup by EcoRanger (Rendra Rafsanjani Arifin / EcoRanger)

At this moment, it is important for us to intensify our campaign to save the environment. Campaigns can be carried out by conducting socialization, mutual assistance, social media campaigns, and holding certain environmental restoration activities. This campaign should be carried out and managed in the community to make a greater impact. Through the campaign, you and your local community can learn and act together to restore the earth.

Those are tips for celebrating green independence day for Generasi Hijau. Since Indonesia will be 77 years old, let’s be part of #MerdekaHijau by supporting the implementation of sustainable consumption and production. You can also collaborate with us here to strive for a zero-waste Indonesia.

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