#038 – How we can make a change as travelers. I’m talking to Bayu, a Balinese that started a grassroots organization to protect wildlife and the people: Friends of the National Parks Foundation. He wanted to show the world, that local people on Bali do care and want to protect what they love. He started his work on Borneo to protect the Orang Utan and most importantly his habitat, the rainforest.
We talk about the current challenges on Borneo, why it isn’t easy to release an Orang Utan back into the wild and what you can do to help protect them. It is an honest talk about the difficult work of a grassroots organization that is active on Borneo, Bali and Nusa Penida. About the problem of financing their work and staying independent at the same time. Can volunteering be a solution? We also talk about Bali and how the island has changed so much after more and more tourists started to come. Is there something like eco-travel? We discuss the current situation and try to find ways of traveling consciously and culturally sensitive.
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What is this episode about?
- I sit down with Bayu, a local Balinese that decided to go for change and not for money
- We talk about current challenges on Borneo, Bali and Nusa Penida. This is where his NGO Friends of the National Parks Foundation operates
- He shares insights on burning forests on Borneo and why it is not so easy to bring back Orang Utan into the wild
- We talk about their volunteering program and how they see it as a way to be independent from donors
- Bali changes a lot the last years and I had the change to ask a local about these changes. We try to find ways of traveling more consciously and giving tips an eco travel
- You can always do something, even if it feels little. Bayu is a humble person that needs our help. If you feel like it, check out the links below and share your money, time and attention with him
Shownotes and Links
- Friends of the National Parks Foundation – FNPF
- Eine unbequeme Wahrheit, An inconvenient truth* (*affiliate link)
- More solutions