World Culture Forum (WCF) was a forum held by the Ministry of Education of Indonesia, starting from 10 October to 14 October in Bali. The forum was attended by government officials, ambassadors, and international and public participants. The theme for WCF 2016 was about Culture for Inclusive Sustainable Planet. Cultural visit, symposiums, cultural performance and International Youth Forum were some of the activities in WCF 2016.
I was lucky because I was chosen to be one of public participants to join this forum. Every participant was given the choices to join what symposiums they were interested in. I joined two symposiums which are the most interesting for me. The first symposium was Reviving Culture for Rural Sustainability and the second symposium was Cultural Diversity for Responsible Development. In this writing I will try my best to share the knowledge that I had gained from this forum, hope it can be useful and will inspire many people as well.
Reviving Culture for Rural Sustainability
The first symposium was opened by the first speaker, Aleta Baun, who is familiar to be called Mama Aleta, a lady from NTT who struggled and strived to save her land from the destruction of mining. A very touching and breathtaking presentation started by her quote which said “We do not sell what we cannot create”. Mama Aleta was one of the people in NTT who rejected the coal mining in NTT, as she witnessed how mining is so destructive and dangerous for the nature. Together with other activists she fought against the mining company (and unfortunately also the government) to save the nature. The struggling wasn’t easy though, Mama Aleta was threatened to death by the company, and her family was also physically and mentally harm. She mentioned how she had to hide and survive in the forest for months only with her 5-month baby because the people from mining company tried to kill her. But all the anguish, threats, torture, and fear did not stop her and other activists. After 13-year fight, they managed to close the mining, and now Mama Aleta is one of DPD members for NTT. Culture which teaches people to save the nature because nature is created by Almighty God, is what has inspired Mama Aleta to keep fighting. She knows that people have no right to sell what they cannot create, if people cannot create the life, then do not try to sell and harm the life. If only every human in the world were like her, I am pretty sure world will not face climate change now and no one needs to suffer because of the disaster created by human.