Better eating, wearing habits help preserve biodiversity 
Ika Krismantari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 05/23/2010 11:44 AM | 

Adopting the habit of eating food and wearing clothes made from natural 
materials can help preserve biodiversity, the Indonesian Biodiversity 
Foundation (Kehati) says.

Kehati program director Anida Haryatmo said Saturday that stimulating interest 
for traditional food and nature-based clothes could make people see that saving 
the environment and preserving biodiversity were not necessarily expensive.

"Kehati has done the same for preserving traditional plants used for dyes by 
creating demand for fabrics made from natural dyes," Anida said after a tree 
planting event to celebrate International Biodiversity Day.

The foundation considers the stimulation strategy an alternative way to help 
preserving biodiversity in developing countries, where the level of awareness 
of environmental protection was still low.

Indonesia is one of the developing countries experiencing massive natural 
destruction as people choose to damage the planet for economic gains. People 
still consider efforts to save the environment expensive because it sometimes 
involves high-end technology.

Indonesia is home to 40,000 plant species and 1,531 bird species, 515 mammal 
species and 240 endangered species. The country is believed to host 17 percent 
of the world's species and has the world's richest biodiversity after Brazil. 

This year has been declared the year of International Biodiversity by the UN in 
an attempt to fight global warming and destructive human activities that have 
put 30 percent of the world's species on the brink of extinction.

The Green Wave, an annual global campaign involving youth around the world 
planting trees, is also celebrated on the same day this year.

A number of schools in Jakarta held tree planting events on Saturday as part of 
the Green Wave movement and to celebrate International Biodiversity Day.

"We can start preserving the environment by doing simple things such as 
planting a tree," Adeline Tiffanie, the founder of environmental protection 
group Sahabat Alam, said. 

Adeline attended the Green Wave program at her Jubilee school in Kemayoran, 
Central Jakarta, which was hosted by Kehati and aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

Kehati ran a similar event in a high school in Cibinong, Bogor, on the same day

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