The best way to learn about something is to experience it. This is exactly what students from around Sukadana had the opportunity to do at the first ever Planetary Health Camp, hosted by the ASRI Planetary Health Education Team. Over the weekend of November 10th, students were introduced to the ASRI program, planetary health, climate change, and biodiversity in Gunung Palung National Park
and the Borneo Rainforest.
Ready for camping in Gunung Palung National Park and the Borneo Rainforest | Photo: Oka Nurlaila
"The purpose of this event is to make participants more aware that environmental health and human health are related," explained Etty Rahmawati, ASRI Planetary Health Education Manager.
Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on greenhouse effect and global warming experiments. In one of these experiments, students cut the tops off of two plastic bottles, then sealed one bottle and left the other open. Next, using a lamp and thermometers, they measured the temperature of the air inside the bottles every two minutes. The results revealed that the air inside the sealed bottle warmed faster, thus illustrating how the ozone layer warms the earth.
Students experimenting with global warming | Photo: Oka Nurlaila
Later, students took a field trip to Bukit Permas - Gunung Palung National Park and participated in a Mangrove Tour near Pulau Datok Beach.
Surveying biodiversity in the rainforest | Photo: Oka Nurlaila
Each school in Sukadana has the opportunity to send four students to the camp. In total, 42 students were in attendance.
Forty-two students from six schools in Sukadana were in attendance | Photo: Oka Nurlaila