Morotai, an island in Indonesia’s North Maluku and population of less than 100,000 people, is no exception to the impacts of climate change, increasing plastic pollution and overfishing. A non-profit organization, Coast 2 Coast, along with several other NGOs, helps Morotai islanders conserve the ocean through environmental protection and surfing.
The young generation of Kubung Village, Central Kalimantan continues to instil diligence amongst themselves, to protect their forest that is rich with local fruits such as jengkol, durian and lanzones and are the main source of income for the indigenous Dayak Tomun. The movement is also part of their effort to reject oil palm plantation expansion in their village.
A program aimed to tackle waste issues and break a life-long habit of throwing waste into waterways was introduced by the Palembang administration. Every weekend, public officials and residents comb through sewers and rivers, lifting up truck-loads of garbage, in hopes of not just cleaning the city, but changing people’s behaviour.
As the 24th Conference of Parties wrapped up in Katowice, questions remains on key issues, amid countries renewing their emission reductions. Indonesia has been actively involved in the UN climate talks since 1994 and it remains committed to its NDCs while renewing commitments especially in carbon emissions and forest and peatland governance.
After two weeks, marathon talks involving more than 100 ministers and a thousand negotiators from 196 countries, tension remained high at the end of the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland. Amongst the outcome; a weak draft text on the Paris rulebook and finance and renewed emissions reductions. Imelda Abano has more.
WHO releases latest report that showcases health implications of climate change and steps taken by public health officials to uphold the Paris Agreement on climate change, while urging stakeholders to make the climate fight the air pollution fight and the healthier lifestyle fight.
The Indonesian government at this year’s United Nations climate change summit promoted low-carbon development as a new initiative to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative will allow the country’s economic growth to reach between 5 to 6 percent a year, according to officials.
BAPPENAS minister says Indonesia is fully committed to steer its economy for low carbon development. The government will mainstream a low carbon framework in its medium-term development plan.
The progress in the first week of climate negotiations in Katowice has been painfully slow, and a logjam over financial transparency can unravel agreements in other areas such as green technology transfer.