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Jakarta Post

It’s time for nature

  • Yansen


Bengkulu   /   Wed, August 12 2020   /  01:00 am
Learning by doing: A man teaches a child how to plant mangrove trees in Pekan Bada, Aceh on Aug. 4. The pandemic has inspired many nations to double efforts to conserve nature. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin )

The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink our relationship with nature. We humans are an integral part of nature and its inherent system. Nature is a space where biotic and abiotic factors interact. Human life will always be affected by the surrounding ecosystem, from the micro-organism to the macro-climate. We could be destroyed by a biological entity, such as a fast spreading outbreak of disease with sudden impacts and huge casualties, as well as the long-term impacts of climate change. Therefore, it is now the right time to reflect on our approach to nature. Aug. 10 has been established by the Environment and Forestry Ministry as National Nature Conservation Day. It’s a day when we can reflect back on our efforts to conserve nature in Indonesia. We are currently in a giant storm of the human journey on earth. For the last 12 months, we have been experiencin...