In Touch with Nature
Jann Sy (H2B), Stallion Features Writer
Posted Friday, 20-Oct-2006 1:32 PM
The earth is our habitat and we are its children. Though this may be true, what are we doing to our own mother earth? We are ingrates who just keep on taking and leeching off her valuable resources without taking into consideration what will happen in the future.
This is the reason why an expedition was launched by the Oikos and Xientia Clubs last October 7, 2006. Spearheaded by the Oikos, Mr. Quijano, its moderator, organized a fieldtrip which made sure that students would be educated on the massive canvas that Mother Nature had painted on, our beautiful earth.
We all have busy schedules, but do we even take one moment to look at the beauty of an elegant butterfly? The first stop of the trip gave one the opportunity to see the marvel of the wings and the life cycle of this amazing creature. The Butterfly Sanctuary took the students on a journey through the profusion of these winged insects and in the end, they didn’t learn the meaning of life, but at least they got to become closer with nature herself.
What’s next on the nature trip? Well, no nature expedition can be complete without visiting a splendid Orchidarium. One might think that only orchids, plants that grow in elevated planes, are found in an Orchidarium. This is true, but there is also an abundance of different kinds of flora in this “plant zoo”, like the Indian Rubber Tree which vines one can swing on just like a regular “Tarzan” or the plant that repels snakes because it smells like garlic. In addition to the various forms of plant-life in the orchidarium, there is also an Indian Python that some got to play and take pictures with.
Last but not least on the nature trip was the Manila Zoo. This zoo is home to an abundance of friendly creatures ranging from elephants to orangutans. One can see the love in the zoo not only from the families exploring the ins and outs of the zoo, but also the love between the animals. The students even got to see an orangutan caring for a tiny cat, like some sort of pet!
Now that you know the true essence of Mother Nature would you change your actions? Will you stop throwing your garbage into the rivers or stop polluting the skies? The answer is up to you.
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