Bulletin October 24, 2011Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. – Joseph Joubert, French philosopher
BULLETIN 24 October 2011
Attending: Danielle, LLoyd, Patricia, Philip, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W, Jeremy
Apologies: Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bill, Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Cat (Singapore), Mr. Chu, Don and Sue (USA), Donna, Fred and Mandy (USA), Marilyn (USA-stocking up on cat food), Gabe (in recovery from on Ubud Readers and Writers Festival!) Janet, Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Driya and Probo, Rosalind (in USA for medical treatment) Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada) Augie (Thailand)
Guests: Rich Foss (Colorado Springs Interquest USA),, Bill Schneider (RC Foster City USA) , Gusti Sutarja (Roda Internet), Wayan Kaler (Rotaract), Mary Lee, Armin Rozenkrantz (guest speaker), Siggi (lived in Kuta for 30 years], Rio Helmi, Catriona Mitchell, Mary Jane Edelson (32 years in Indonesia, culinary educator,) Sue Bishop (just moved to Keramas in Gianyar from Australia) Ray Bishop, Allan Starr [RC Highton]
Newletter Editor this issue: VP Rucina (Many thanks, Rucina)
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
President Lloyd opened the meeting.
ELECTION TIME IS HERE
Our new board needs to be proposed and elected soon, so members are encouraged to vote or else the Red Queen might have your head!
IPP Sue: Payangan Global Grant: This project is in full swing as most of the physical work in the five elementary schools is 99% done. All now have new and/or renovated toilets, sinks for washing hands, and a consistent supply of clean water (except for a leaky tank which is being worked on as we speak).
This second phase began last Saturday with a teacher training session for 19 teachers in 2 schools. The purpose of the training was to build the awareness of the teachers as to proper ways of using the clean water to wash hands, as well as eyes, ears, and more! Also to give the teachers lots of tools for teaching in their classrooms.
We are conducting two types of hygiene training. Three of the schools in the project will have training for teachers, which is being conducted by the teachers from Dyatmika international school for teachers. The other two schools in the project will have direct training of the children by Bali Kids staff. Our pre and post questionnaires for the children will give us some indication of the relativie efficacy of the two approaches.
The first teacher training happened on October 22nd and was attended by IPP Sue, Rtn Danielle, and Rtn Rustiasa and 8 Rotaracters. The Dyatmika teachers were well organized and kept everyone interested. IPP Sue will let everyone know when the next trainings will happen, after juggling the schedule to fit in with local ceremonies. Sue learned how to pronounce Tumpek Wayang (the ceremony that is keeping us from doing the training this coming Saturday) by cultural aficianado Rucina!
VP Rucina: shared her experience attending the meeting of RC Bali Taman with PP Sue. This 99% women club likes to eat, as their members come from all over Indonesia and seem to bring a plethora of snacks from their native islands to the meetings. We did not complain! They have a calendar with recipes that they are using for fundraising. IPP Sue managed to sell 6.5 of our own cookbooks, some in exchange for their calendars which we will help sell to our members or anyone else who would like one of these cute items for their desk.
Danielle: talked about the stamping of over 2,000 schoolbooks for the Mel Wolf project last Sunday afternoon. The books are going to all grades in 10 elementary schools in Payangan,. AG Marilyn and IPP Sue arrived to find Vicki Lein (our speaker from the week before) and her husband Murray, Danielle and Rich Foss madly stamping away. Chisa from Rotaract also joined us, while Augie and Jeff directed us, made sure all the books stayed in the proper order, and plied us with healthy and delicioius vietnamese spring rolls and drinks. Well, Danielle did sprain her wrist from her enthusiastic stamping, but was rewarded by lots of compassionate aws from fellow members.
Danielle: due to the large number of fabulous flags that we have from Rotary Clubs from around the world and not enough wall space, we are going to sew them onto cloth banners that can easily be taken down and put back up again (we are in a public meeting space and cannot put up the flags permanently). This is something we’ve noticed in other clubs we’ve seen and have wanted to do for a long time, so thank you so much for taking this on, Danielle!
Bill: shared the results of the HIV/AIDS Committee meeting with the Bali Spirit Festival on their HIV/AIDS outreach in the schools, and the committee’s endeavors to find a way for our club to support HIV/AIDS education in Bali.
Guest speaker: Armin Rozenkranz
Stanford Professor Armin Rozenkranz has been working in the field of Climate Change for decades. He explained that one of the major reasons for climate change is due to global warming: rain patterns are changing worldwide, causing Africa’s deserts to expand and floods to destroy the food crops.
The two things most affected by climate change are food and water supply.
He showed a “Hockey stick” graphic showing the spike of CO2 released into the atmosphere by human activity in the last 150 years. CO2 stays in the atmosphere for 100 years, so even if we change the policy now, the effect will not be felt directly for generations.
There are Non-Carbon Energy options: low water ethanol (cellulosic or sugar), wind and solar, eliminating coal plants, biodiesel (jathropa and cassava), plug in hybrids and batteries (like the Prius car). Rtn. Patricia asked about hydro power. He replied that he is not focusing much on it since only Brazil is using it on a large scale (85 %) and there are many environmental side effects, especially on the large scale hydro like dams. Guest Rio Helmi stated that are newer micro hydro machines, to which Armin replied that he prefers those since they do not disrupt aquatic life.
The best way to mitigate climate change is to pay more attention to energy efficiency by conducting research and development on better batteries, and paying more attention on the clean green building concept.
Speed of Change: The change happened a decade sooner than was predicted two years ago. The deglaciation and melting of the Arctic sea ice happened faster than we thought it would and the tremendous amount of fresh water flowing into the ocean can’t be handled properly, with the result that many thermal streams will be disrupted.
The Myth of Economic Harm: instead of focusing on the 1% GDP spending on the development of green energy, political leaders ought to talk about the jobs and wealth created by the new industries. So it’s “Carbon Down, Profits Up”. There actually are a lot of industry giants that have brought their carbon footprint down quite a bit.
US Climate Change: Neither Clinton nor GW Bush did much for climate change. They even subsidized coal oil and the nuclear industry. Even the science of climate change was suppressed. The Waxman-Markey (cap and trade) is a step forward, but is weak and not applicable. USCAP (United States Climate Action Partnership) is one step taken by the private sector, proving that they are way ahead of the US government.
The US Government promised active participation in the Durban conference on Climate Geo-engineering : it’s a cheap and quick fix and a favorite of policy makers, basically disrupting the balance of nature in many ways.
Final Observation: Our job as scientists and private citizens is to find away to help with the climate change, not be limited to what is politically currently possible (as shown during Bush presidency).
Catriona: won the raffle!
Lloyd closed the meeting, and several members and guests continued to discuss Energy and Climate Change with our guest speaker.by