Students Get Primer on Conservation
Some of the country’s brightest high school students on Friday received a lesson in conservation from National Geographic wildlife presenter Hayden Turner.
Turner was leading a workshop on conservation as part of the B4E conference. The 20 students in attendance were selected from public and private high schools across the nation that took part in an environmental speech writing competition.
“Indonesia’s young people are full of passion and optimism,” Turner said.
During the workshop, the former zookeeper told the students that environmental problems emerged through excessive human interference in nature.
Much of his speech focused on communication, stressing that tackling daunting environmental issues would require an ability to create meaningful dialogues with others.
Turner urged the young audience not to rely too heavily on Internet and social media technologies that kept people physically distant. Verbal, close-up conversation was key for effective communication, he said.
He also said that in order to be able to create common ground on conservation issues with others, it was necessary to place oneself in their shoes.
“You can go forward or live in your own small world,” he said.
During the discussion, the students also took part in role-playing activities in an attempt to gain insight into how various parties such as journalists, politicians and farmers would approach an issue such as poaching.
Turner told the students that he was confident they would take the baton and continue to spread the importance of conserving the environment.
“While older people are less open to changes because they want to stay conveniently as they are, young people are embracing new ideas,” he said.
The competition was sponsored by the Student Globe, a Jakarta Globe supplement aimed at students and teachers. The Globe is affiliated with Lippo Group, one of the summit’s sponsors. Shirley Christie