05 Jun Honoring Greg Churchill’s Legacy in Marine Conservation
In remembrance of our former board member, Gregory John Churchill, CTC organized a heartfelt Celebration-of-Life at the Tandjung Sari Hotel and Restaurant in Sanur, Bali, on May 21st, 2023. The event brought together his family, friends, and colleagues to pay tribute to his life and contributions. The highlight of the gathering was a captivating performance of “Wayang Samudra” (Ocean Puppets) by esteemed puppeteers, Mr. Sih Agung Prasetya and Mr. Sujono, hailing from Central Java. Their expertise in the ancient art of shadow puppetry added a touch of enchantment to the occasion.
The event commenced with a Hindu-Balinese ceremony led by a priest, setting a sacred atmosphere. Following the prayers, the puppeteers showcased their skill in illustrating the detrimental impacts of plastic pollution on marine animals and ecosystems throughout a 30-minute performance. In the storyline, Greg’s puppet character symbolized his deep connection to the oceans and unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. As the puppet ventured into the sea to help marine creatures in the face of plastic pollution, a powerful message resonated with the audience, urging them to protect the oceans for a better future.
The artistic tribute had a profound impact on everyone present, serving as a reminder of the pressing need to tackle environmental issues, particularly plastic pollution. Inspired by the performance, the audience contemplated their own responsibilities in preserving the Earth’s natural wonders. As the event ended, CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani presented Greg’s puppet to Greg’s sisters: Barbara and Martha, symbolizing the ongoing pursuit of his mission.
The Celebration-of-Life event paid tribute to Greg’s life and the importance of ocean conservation. Attendees embraced the message of “Wayang Samudra,” committing to carry on Greg’s passion for a sustainable future. Through this collective dedication, Greg’s memory will live on, inspiring positive change for future generations. The event combined art, remembrance, and environmental awareness, serving as a reminder of the significance of protecting marine ecosystems and the enduring impact of individual efforts in preserving our natural world.
Writer: Yoga Putra