By Nuri Nursjahbani
I would like to tell you about an interesting place at my university, which is of course my favorite place — the arboretum. An arboretum is a miniature forest that students usually use for practicing their knowledge and skills after sitting lectures.
Sometimes I see squirrels jumping through the trees or beautiful birds flying around the place, which makes me more inclined to stay there. But I think the arboretum has even more potential, besides education, like reducing the air pollution and carbon dioxide that are produced by vehicles.
My lecturer told me that the increase of carbon dioxide is related to the increase in temperature, so carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming. And we know that trees need carbon dioxide to make food (glucose) in the process of photosynthesis. Because of that, having many trees can reduce carbon dioxide levels. If the carbon dioxide in our world decreases, we could solve the global warming problem.
The micro temperature in the arboretum is cooler than other places. It would be good if many people had miniature versions of forests in their backyards, like the arboretum. Then they would have a place to keep forest products required for their family’s primary needs, parents could teach their children about nature, and they would all be healthier because the trees would produce fresh air and help to store clean water.
Most importantly, if many people had miniature forests, the global warming problem could be quickly solved. But I am looking forward to collaborating with other participants of the Forests Asia Summit to share information and form clearer concepts about this idea. And then I can’t wait to share those thoughts with you — see you, friends, on May 5!
Nuri Nursjahbani is a student of the Faculty of Forestry at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.