The morning began with a historical walk around Nyuh Kuning Village of Ubad, and was followed by a workshop on climate change – discussing what INTO be saying at COP 23. Oliver Maurice was calling for examples of how to adapt and mitigate from within the membership and the challenges our members and others are facing. Simon presented an excellent talk on adaption and mitigation strategies and our duties.
After the conversation, we boarded buses to the Gianyar Botanical Park. It took a while to get there, I was surprised at the travel time around the relatively small island of Bali. It was lovely to be amongst the forest and in real rural Bali. Here I was honored to plant a Mangosteen on behalf of the Australasian regional group. It felt quite significant, putting the little tree in the ground and giving it a drink of water. I was told it would take 20 years before the tree produces fruit. I had a good conversation with Botanical Park manager about his plantings and farming in general.
There have been murmurings between the younger members of the conference about setting up a youth group. The idea has sparked great interest. Many attendees are now coming forward offering assistance and wishing us the best with the idea. So the ‘INTO Youth’ group had an informal dinner to discuss ideas, before a late-night conversational panel held by Oliver Maurice.
The closing ceremony was held at Samuan Tiga. A beautiful historical temple, where we enjoyed a variety of song and dance. A very mesmerizing chanting performance was given by about 50 shirtless men chanting and swaying in unison. An incredible spectacle.
The conference was officially closed and the batten handed to Bermuda.
On our last day, dad and I joined the Subak Gianyar post-conference tour. Subak is a traditional Balinese system for water irrigation management which has been in existence for hundreds of years. This is a manifestation of the Hindu Philosophy ‘Tri Hita Karana’ which means the life balance between our respect to the God as a creature of this earth, the tolerance with other human beings, and our harmony with the natural environment. Hence, subak maintains the ritual at temples related with water sources, the rice field and other crops, and how the democratic system of this traditional organisation is implemented. This tour explored the old temples of Pegulingan, Tirta Empul, Mengening and Guning Kawi, and included beautiful panoramic views of terraced rice fields.