Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00

GIZ Wins Private Sector Support for Environmental Campaign

GIZ PAKLIM Working Area 3 on Climate Change Education and Awareness has teamed up with the private sector to conduct an environmental awareness campaign at five high schools in the Greater Jakarta area.   The producers of Teh Kotak, a ready-to-drink tea beverage, worked with GIZ to implement a series of environmental activities for students at the selected schools in Jakarta and its satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (collectively known as Jabodetabek).   The campaign activities involved eco-mapping and a test run of practical modules on Renewable Energies, and Sustainable Consumption and Production. There was also a community event called Hidden Park, which gave the school communities a platform to present their actions and results to the public.   Eco-mapping is a school-wide approach to raising a sense of responsibility toward environmental problems, especially climate change issues. It is designed around the Ecomapping© toolbox – an audit method in which students learn through group work, field work, and the development and implementation of action plans.    There is also a curriculum method of eco-mapping, enabling teachers to get students involved  in environmental action issues through relevant subjects. With support from school leadership and teachers, an entire school community is able to measure, plan and act to reduce its carbon footprint. This is done by looking into power consumption, the use of private and public transport for commuting, and the industrial supply chain of goods and services used by the school and surrounding community groups.   The eco-mapping, which consists of five sequential steps, was implemented at the following senior high schools (Sekolah Menengah Atas, SMA): SMA Labschool Jakarta, SMA Labschool Kebayoran, SMA Labschool Cibubur, SMA Tarakanita 1, and SMA Al-Izhar Pondok Labu.   GIZ has developed active learning modules to further engage students and enhance their learning. The first tested units were Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Energy, and Wind Energy, as part of the Renewable Energy module. Discussions, group work, experiments, analysis and presentations helped the students to understand the types of renewable energy, including their advantages and disadvantages.   The other tested unit was Planet Plastic, as part of the Sustainable Consumption and Production module. By discussing and dealing with plastic waste pollution, the students learned about its characteristics, the relationship between plastic production and the greenhouse effect, and how to reduce or even substitute the use of plastics.   In order to raise climate change awareness beyond the schools’ borders, the Hidden Park community event was held at Taman Tanjung in South Jakarta. Students and teachers from the selected schools in the Thanks to Nature Program staged an environmental display to interact with communities and share their sustainable environmental care actions: development of a wind turbine, integrated waste management, and sustainable water consumption.