The Jakarta Post
As the Earth is getting warmer, people are encouraged to actively take part in programs dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment because it is everyone's responsibility.
Recently, Jasa Marga Pegiat Alam or Jasmapala nature's club visited Cibeo village in Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy), Banten, to help preserve the environment.
'Baduy people realize that their lives greatly rely on the environment, so they know that they have to preserve the environment. There are rules for everyone who come here that are part of their nature's preservation efforts,' a Jasmapala member Chandra said.
During the visit, the group brought mahogany seeds to be planted. Its small leaves that form the canopy make mahogany tree (Swietenia mahagoni) an ideal tree to provide shade. Its fruits are also good for medicinal purposes.
The club actually visited the village during the restriction period that runs from February through May. The Baduy Tribe Council urges visitors not to visit three villages in Baduy Dalam ' Cibeo, Cikartawana and Cikeusik ' during the period.
'Thanks to our great connection with the people, we found no trouble when we came and stayed in people's houses,' said Toto Purwanto, Jasmapala's coordinator. 'We always respect their culture and tradition every time we come here.'
Baduy tribe is among Banten natives. They live at the foot of Kendeng Mount in Kanekes village, Lebak regency in Banten.
Kanekes village is the final track for vehicles that take people who want to visit Baduy and transport people who live in Baduy Luar (Outer Baduy) outside the village.
Unlike people in Baduy Luar, those in Baduy Dalam are not allowed to travel using vehicles; instead, they must travel by foot.
Visiting Baduy is actually a trip to a remote and serene place that has no lights, no electronics and is free from sound pollution. The birds' chirping, the sound of water flowing in the river, the wind blows are the kinds of sound we will hear in Baduy.
' Text and photos by P.J.Leo
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