April 22nd marks Earth Day 2017. This year the campaign focuses upon the goal of achieving global “Environmental and Climate Literacy” by 2020. The aim is to promote to individuals the importance of protecting the planet.
To celebrate this global environmental movement, Orangutan Foundation field staff organised a series of events to educate students and members of local conservation groups, with their own sub-theme: Forest Fires and Waste Management.
The first of these events was a beach clear-up, close-by to Pangkalan Bun. Schoolchildren, teachers, Yayorin and other environmental bodies travelled to Kubu Beach to work on improving the area.
Information boards were installed and 50 mangrove seedlings (Rhyzopora Sp.) were planted to restore areas of damaged mangrove habitat.
Other events organised to celebrate Earth day included two competitions: creative recycling and poetry, which were held in the town shopping centre, and planting trees in city parks around Pangkalan Bun.
On Earth Day itself, a jam-packed day of traditional dance and live music is taking place, with the finals of the creative recycling and poetry contests, and an exhibition of conservation-themed photography.
We and our field staff are pleased to have contributed towards this important event. Our field staff have been instrumental in the organisation of these activities.
We are mere caretakers of our planet, therefore it is critical we take proper care of it.