LET'S SAVE INDONESIAN RARE PLANTS TOGETHER
Good idea, methinks, except that it's organised by Taman Wisata Mekarsari
(Mekarsari Tourist Park) whose website is one of those very flashy efforts which uses up loads of electricity and kilobytes and whose physical site you can only get to by leaving a bloody great carbon footprint on your way.
What worries me a little more, however, is a familiar gripe and, given that the following advert in today's Jakarta Post is supported by them, one that is surely avoidable - bad English. I think that the project is basically worthwhile, but it suffers from the lack of a haporth of tar
Read on ..........THE BEST TIME TO PLANT A TREE IS : 20 YEARS AGO ...
THE SECOND BEST IS : NOWNot only animals are rare, plants in Indonesia such as the Bisbul
(a red fruit from Bogor), Gandaria
(plum mango), Kepel
(link courtesy of Mr. Snag), and other numerous plants are now rarely seen. Even if we don't protect, it's not impossible if these plants might extinct.
(If the problem is just about understandable, what about the solution?)That is why we ask your institution to join our Corporate Social Responsibility named Indonesia Eco-schooling which is the planter of the rare Indonesian plants by using the empty lands at schools. Indonesia Eco-schooling is an 'ex-situ' conservation program. The pupils of schools will participate to take care and protect these rare plants. No plants, no life ... and whoever plants a tree plants a hope.
If the schools proposed are in urban areas, then they are unlikely to have "empty lands", and even if they do, do they have enough space for trees? Surely there are more immediate needs, such as sports facilities, extra classrooms or quiet study spaces? Or a car park?
Aren't there more appropriate spaces, such as front yards? I'd be more than happy to give space to a gandaria
or two and maybe a kepel
, a tree so rare that I can find no translation of it in my online dictionary
, nor its pseudonym burahol
Labels: education, environment, social psychology