[unpad.ac.id, 12/10/2018] Celebrity and environmental activist Nadine Chandrawinata invited the academic community of Unpad to protect the environment and Indonesia’s natural wealth. This was stated when she was a speaker at the Fish Fair “Save Sharks” event held by the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences Unpad at Grha Sanusi Hardjadinata, Dipati Ukur Street No. 35 Bandung, Friday (12/10).
“Indonesia has natural wealth but we like to forget how to keep it,” Nadine said.
She also appreciated the trend of “Go Green” and “Go Blue” of young people today. It is expected that Nadine, the action to protect the environment is not just to follow trends or because they want to be said to be cool, but awareness that really emerges from yourself.
One of the things Nadine emphasized on this occasion was the shark protection action. Currently there are still people who consume shark fins. Even some time ago this had become a culinary trend.
In fact, the presence of sharks in marine ecosystems is very important to maintain natural balance. If the shark disappears, there will be an imbalance that will also harm humans.
“To maintain this imbalance, we need human effort,” said Putri Indonesia in 2005.
According to Nadine, the act of rescuing sharks does not have to come to the sea, but also can be done in urban areas. Actions that can be done are such as a commitment not to make sharks as food, reduce plastic waste, and also transmit these actions to the surrounding environment.
Nadine said, the act of saving sharks should start from the initiative and self-commitment, then move, to become a habit. Social media can also be a medium to help disseminate this action.
“Use social media well,” Nadine said.
Besides Nadine, attending as speakers on the occasion were WWF-Indonesia Bycatch and Sharks Conservation Coordinator Dwi Ariyoyogagautama and Vice Dean of FPIK Unpad Dr. Isni Nurruhwati.
The event which was held in the framework of the 13th Anniversary of FPIK Unpad was opened by the Vice Rector for Research, Community Engagement, Cooperation, and Academic Corporations Dr. Keri Lestari, S.Si., M.Sc., Apt.
“Hopefully this will be an inspiration for us all to maintain the sustainability of natural resources in Indonesia and the world,” hoped Dr. Keri.
In line with Dr. Keri, Dean of FPIK Unpad Dr. sc. agr. Yudi Nurul Ihsan, S.Pi., M.Sc. hoped that the event can be an inspiration as well as be able to show that FPIK Unpad students are millennial generation who are ready to develop the world of fisheries and marine in Indonesia. *
Reported by Artanti Hendriyana / am | Translated by dfa