IO, Surabaya – Three students majoring in Communication Studies Universitas Airlangga (Unair) Surabaya secured another notable achievement in the Ajisaka Festival 2020+ held by Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta. Through their research entitled “Environmental Dialogue for Sustainable Relations”, Ruth Christien Pniel Angelia, Sintya Chalifia Azizah and Ferdiansyah Gandhi Camara were awarded 3rd place in the Risk Management category competition which took place in early April, 2021.
Ruth Christien Pniel Angelia, as one of the team representatives, explained that the research idea was sparked by seeing the many environmental issues that need to be resolved and conceiving of solutions for handling them. Starting from there, the team, named Ksatria Comm Air, conducted a case study of one of the mining companies in Banyuwangi, East Java: PT Bumi Suksesindo (PTBSI).
“Seeing that PTBSI is a company that by definition exploits nature, there are many issues to face, such as about environment, regulations and resistance to change that needs to be mitigated. After investigating thoroughly, we come up with strategies to reduce the risk of these issues,” said the 21-year-old student, who is often called Ruth, as quoted by Unair.ac.id, Thursday (15/4/2021).
The strategies offered include conducting dialogues to establish two-way communication with stakeholders, holding hearing sessions that bring together NGOs and local communities, and conducting transparency publications on mining management through the web and social media. “We also offer a public relations strategy by utilizing digital media and radio visits to publish reports related to management, production, and sustainable activities to the public,” she added.
Ksatria Comm Air also launched a mangrove forest and medicinal plant garden around the PTBSI area, as an effort to protect the forest environment and facilitate the development of local wisdom on medicinal plants.
“Planting a medicinal garden involves empowering the communities so that they don’t have to bother going to the mountains every time they look for natural cures.”
Asked about the motivation to take part in the competition, Ruth said that apart from being happy to participate in various scientific competitions, she and her team also wanted to close their final year of attending lectures with achievements that could make their alma mater proud. “This achievement is our final dedication, and shows that eighth-semester students can still be involved in showing their talents: we are not only busy with final assignments,” she said, closing the conversation. (est)