Learning to Care for Our Only Planet: Sentul Community Learning CenterThe world is going through a crisis of planetary scale in the form of climate change, caused by the accumulation of green house gases like carbon dioxide in the planetís atmosphere. The results are far reaching and catastrophic: the oceanís surface temperature increases, melting polar ice caps and creating severe weather events like storms, hurricanes, and flooding; rising sea levels threaten to displace millions of people in coastal areas. At the same time, droughts trigger wildfires and threaten our food supplies. This means that billions of human lives are affected by climate change.
Decades of scientific research has shown that human actions such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are largely to blame for the increase of green house gases in the atmosphere. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the public learns about how their actions contribute to climate change, and Sentul Community Learning Center (CLC) was created by UID specifically for that purpose.
Located within the Mentari Sentul housing complex on the cool slope of Gunung Geulis in Bogor, Sentul Community Learning Center works with local communities and organizations to build an organic farm as a living laboratory that demonstrates minimum waste system to produce food and energy. On the farm, children from pre-school up to high school, along with their parents and family members, can learn about climate change through fun and hands-on activities such as scavenger hunts and educational games. They also experience first-hand the process it takes to produce their food by planting rice and milking dairy, and can learn about alternative energy sources such as the conversion of cowís dung into biogas. In addition, Sentul CLC also serves as a living library of Indonesiaís indigenous biodiversity, with more than 80 different kinds of trees that visitors can enjoy and learn about their use and significance.
Since its opening in 2014, Sentul CLC has seen more than 2,200 visitors through its doors, and UID hopes to increase this number by creating more programs that attract a wider diversity of visitors.