Written by Muhammad Juwaini
Volunteerism, as a form of civic participation, can be a powerful mechanism for giving youth a voice in decision making and promoting social inclusion in environmental governance within the globalization era. Globalization became a fashionable catchword beginning in the late 1980s. Today, one can hardly imagine the term not being an integral part of the vocabulary of the many politicians stressing the need to eliminate regulations to make national industries more competitive, or favoring the protection of national cultures, environments and economies from global assault. It can be said that globalization is the process by which all peoples and communities come to experience an increasingly common economic, social and cultural environment. By definition, the process affects everybody throughout the world, especially in environmental development.
In January 2016, IIWC had been organizing Workcamp program in Mangkang for two weeks as an effort in environmental governance for sustainable development globally. There are eight volunteers apllied to join on workcamp. Three volunteers came from Japan ; Ryoji. Takashi, Tomoka. Then, Vico from French, Sara from Italy and the last Serisa from Magelang, Indonesia. They helped by campleader during workcamp named Yoga from Magelang. Amazingly, all of them are still young. This indicates that today’s teens or youth are still interested in volunteer activities in environmental governance. It sounds good, because volunteerism is one of the way enhancing youth engagement concerning environmental governance.
In Mangkang Workcamp especially, the volunteers were dealing with mangrove planting program. As the main program, The existence of mangrove planting program will be able to raise awareness and thoughtfulness toward the marine environment. Mangrove also brought down the abration, reforested seashore area and fixing fish habitat around the seashore. Within 3000 mangrove seeds provide by IIWC, the volunteers were leaving by boat together with some local partner. They stuck with amazement and admiration when arrived to the mangrove planting area. Although there are some problem during planting process dealing with restrictiveness of planting area and raising the sea level, overall they enjoyed the mangrove planting program.
Another programs in Mangkang Workcamp is garbage management. Indirectly, it would enhance civic awareness to recycle garbage. In garbage management, people exploited garbage to be used as handicrafts. So, it can reduce the amount of garbage. The volunteers here, actually act as a picture to guide local communities in order to enhance the awareness in garbage governance. As we know, garbage management is important because improperly stored refuse can cause health, safety and economic problems. All living organisms create garbage, but humans create far more garbage than other species. To prevent damaging the earth’s ecosystems and maintain a high quality of life for the planet’s inhabitants, humans must manage and store their garbage efficiently and safely.
Substantively, In Mangkang workcamp there are many programs, not only in environmental issue but also educational and social such as, school visit, socialization and fund raising. All of the volunteers who incidentally was young looked like enjoy their program during workcamp. To have a future we all need and want – inclusive action is needed by, for and with young people. Young people need to be provided opportunities to use their energy and commitment as catalysts and change makers for a sustainable and equitable society. Volunteerism offers one of the best modes of enabling this shift for young people. As a result, If properly mobilized and guided, young people could indeed provide a powerful resource that can catapult the world towards the much needed sustainable path of development.