Friday, 02 September 2016 00:00

PAKLIM Pilot Schools Win Climate Festival Competitions

Jakarta, 1-4 February 2016 – Entering a climate change-themed competition is one way that school students can show concern for the environment, but winning the competition requires a combination of skill, creativity, awareness, and passion for conservation. Those qualities were evident when students from State Senior High School 6 (SMAN 6) Bekasi and Jakarta Labschool won competitions at the Indonesian Climate Festival held by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF).   SMAN 6 Bekasi in West Java and Jakarta Labschool are among several schools selected for environmental pilot projects guided by GIZ PAKLIM Work Area 3 on Climate Change Awareness and Education.   Following the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in France, which resulted in the Paris Agreement to combat global warming, the MoEF held the Indonesian Climate Festival to familiarize citizens with their country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The festival provided information on efforts to accelerate national climate change mitigation and adaptation programs through sustainable development measures.   The festival involved a workshop, talk show, on-stage entertainment, training and competitions. Participants included government institutions, the media, development partners, community groups, the private sector and the public.   Speakers at the event included Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution and Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Stig Traavik.   Visitors were able to participate through citizen journalism training, as well as painting, caricatures, debates, and poster and miniature sustainable city competitions.   SMAN 6 Bekasi was represented by five students in the miniature sustainable city competition and won first prize. In the poster competition, first prize in the senior high school category went to students from Jakarta Labschool.