By: Hanifa Nuh Malika
The beginning of November is with many differences. Thirty-four universities with over 60 participants I learned many things. The National Student Leadership Sustainable Meeting brings us all together. After the implementation of the 1st National Student Leadership Sustainable Meeting which took place at UIN Raden Intan Lampung, now the 2 ND National Student Leadership Sustainable Meeting is held again in Serang Regency, located in Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University which is one of the programs organized by UI Green Metrics. The 2nd National Student Leadership Sustainable Meeting or NSLSM was held with the theme Collective Actions for Transforming Sustainable Universities in the Post-Pandemic Time.
Bonding in Difference
Eight November 2022, we headed for the trip to Pakupatan Terminal from Kampung Rambutan terminal which took more than 4 hours. We did not have time to be picked up at Pakupatan terminal because the Bus we were riding did not reach the Terminal due to congestion. It may be because of entering the afternoon time. We decided to take the car booked online to Pakupatan Terminal. But after making contact with the committee, Bis who picked us up from Pakupatan Terminal was already waiting halfway through. The Mobil we were riding in also turned the direction and went to the location of the point given by the committee.
On the first day, we were picked up by a bus from Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University. We headed for the media room in the Rectorate building. Sit according to the FGD division that has been pre-selected. I choose FGD for waste management. Waste management makes me interested because it is an easy thing to sort but there is no awareness from each individual. And I'm also very curious about sustainable waste management on other campuses. I sat on the bench in the second row from the front. Each other introduced themselves to the other. Starting from the name, campus origin, major, and also semester. Getting to know new people may be commonplace, but it can also hone in on how we communicate. The first thing you can see is to be in awe of the other friends. Some campuses have implemented sustainable waste management designs such as managing organic waste into products such as POC or biogas with their tools.
Green & Sustainable Campus for The Future: About Reinforced Intuition
There are several materials given before the FGD. Such as UI Green Matrics & the role of students in sustainability. Students are young men as agents of change. Youth is a milestone of change that can determine the future of a nation. UI Green Matrics is a World University Ranking at Green & Sustainable Campus initiated by UI in 2010.
Who knows SGDs? One question came up and I ventured to answer what I knew. SGDs itself has several goals where we as students who gathered on the 2nd NSLSM contributed to contributing ideas or ideas in the form of innovations related to existing environmental problems, creating a green campus & sustainability, there are several aspects, namely infrastructure, waste management, renewable energy, transportation, use of water, and education and research. Not only learning about a sustainable environment but there are soft skills that are honed such as courage, leadership, responsibility, and social spirit by caring for each other.
"Just Open his heart" is a very meaningful sentence from ka Arifah which explains the material Environmental Leadership and Theory of Change. Can we change? A question that stomped me. We can, with real awareness, will, and action. Starting from the smallest things such as reducing the use of plastic we use. When the forest is cut down, the water is lost and how can the water be stored? We must provide solutions through individuals, businesses and organizations, and governments. Alternative solutions with inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts (make a change/growth).
Our Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on waste management begins after ishoma is completed. Our FGD started by discussing the problem of good waste management that is good to what is not good from the level of management. From there we formulated several problems and raised some urgent problems. Namely the low level of awareness of the individual towards his waste. We carry out Waste Academy which contains several programs such as scholarships from waste, challenges, workshops, and others. Our FGD was very fun and exciting. Not only that, but I also learned a lot about waste management at other universities, honed my thinking, and also learned to express opinions.
Parting: A Story That Will Be Remembered
Day 3 I was at the 2ndND National Student Leadership Sustainable Meeting. We headed to Sindangheula Dam. We were directed towards the Hall below, the view around the Dam was gorgeous and vast! The dam itself has the function of collecting water so that it does not go directly to the river to prevent flooding.
We also visited the Banten Lama Kepurbalaan Site Museum. Exploring the history of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. I also saw the old Banten mosque, many came from various regions just for pilgrimage, or for some schools just a study tour. I enjoyed and enjoyed in addition to increasing my knowledge as well as being able to heal!
After the second Ishoma, we took environmental action by planting Durian trees at the Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa university. This is the session I have been waiting for the most. Because we as young must be part of the solution by realizing real action.
The last night of the event opened with two very beautiful and interesting dances! I enjoyed it, in addition to the dance performance, there was also the announcement of the best FGD and also the top 3 best Essai. Although it is not the best FGD, my group has always been compacted, we have the jargon that is "spontaneous? UHUIIII!" Maybe if there is the hottest category, our group will win hahaha. Well, on every trip there must be a parting point. The meeting with awareness of the importance of a sustainable environment is not just a stop. But about what we brought from here to where our respective areas were. Good job leaders, you're awesome! It's great to be able to participate in such an extraordinary event, with speakers, committees, and a series of events. Imprinted, reminiscent, and loved in the soul.