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Students learn simple lessons to help save Mother Earth

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 29 2009   /  12:39 pm

Students of state elementary school SDN Menteng 03 listened and answered questions excitedly when volunteers from the GreenLifestyle community delivered a presentation on how to appreciate nature from an early age. "Do you know where this place is?" asked volunteer Shanty Syahril, holding up a photo of heaps of garbage at the Bantar Gebang landfill. "It's a dump site," the students answered quickly. "Most of the garbage is plastic. Where's it from? It's from us, from Jakarta people," the volunteer said. "So what can we do to reduce the garbage?" she went on. Some students suggested recycling or composting, but third-grader Fariz raised his hand and said, "We can stop eating snacks with plastic packaging." "Do you know that plastic only degrades after hundreds of years? Even after Jakarta is...