Rekindling biodiversity awareness

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Cza Constantino leads a Biodiversity on Wheels session with children from Payatas PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOD KARMA SHIRTS

Cza Constantino leads a Biodiversity on Wheels session with children from Payatas PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOD KARMA SHIRTS

Haribon’s BOW program visits 700 students in Antipolo
HARIBON Foundation’s HARI Ecovan Biodiversity on Wheels (BOW) program continued its journey to raise environmental awareness and conservation in Antipolo, Rizal during the Assumption Antipolo’s Arts and Academics Week on February 18.

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BOW’s visit to the all-girl school started with biodiversity learning sessions conducted by Haribon’s training specialists Czarina Constantino and Raiza Joy Elumba. The talk featured Philippine biodiversity highlighting species found in the country, environmental threats, and ways on how students can help protect the environment—rekindling love for Mother Nature in Grade 1, 3, 4 and 5 students.

The Biodiversity on Wheels program continues its work in Luzon, the Visayas, and soon Mindanao

The Biodiversity on Wheels program continues its work in Luzon, the Visayas, and soon Mindanao

Nearly 700 students were informed on the various wonders of Philippine biodiversity. Bird species such as the Bleeding Heart Pigeon and Philippine Eagle, mammals including the Philippine Mouse Deer, reptiles like the Philippine crocodile, and sea creatures and other extraordinary endemic species in the Philippines made the hearts of the students melt. Many of them giggling and showing astonishment.

They became aware of the grave threats to biodiversity such as pollution and habitat loss. More importantly, they were thought how to conserve environment through simple ways like the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink), planting native trees, and informing other people.

Students became more excited as they went back to their respective classrooms for the coloring activity that shows endearing illustrations of nine Philippine species namely the Philippine Tarsier, the Philippine Eagle, Rafflesia, Humphead Wrasse commonly known as Mameng, the Apitong, the Visayan Wrinkled Hornbill, the Tamaraw, the Panay Monitor Lizard, and the Mushroom Coral.

Afterwards, students headed to the HARI Ecovan by batch for more fun-filled activities of BOW. It started with a short introduction of the activities offered by the van. Students then wrote their “promises to Mother Nature” on animal-shaped cut-outs and posted them on a leafless tree picture in support for the Haribon’s ROAD to 2020.

The girls then headed to watch environmental videos and browsed through books, comics, flash cards and other learning materials featured in the HARI Ecovan.

The fun and fulfilling day was topped off with smiles from Assumption Antipolo’s students bringing with them knowledge and awareness as stewards of biodiversity and nature conservation.

Since 2012 the Haribon Foundation’s Biodiversity on Wheels (BOW) program has visited a total of 41 schools and seven communities teaching biodiversity to more than 13,000 students. It aims to reach more areas in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

For inquiries on how Biodiversity on Wheels can visit schools, or how to volunteer, e-mail bow@haribon.org.ph.

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