Riau has announced state of emergency since February 19, 2019 while all schools in Pekanbaru have been closed since September 11, 2019, due to worsening air pollution that have reached unhealthy levels. While the Riau Regional Disaster Management Agency noted, for the period from January 1 to October 6, 2019, the total area of land burned in Riau had reached 9,120.5 hectares.
Sixteen journalists in Jakarta and its greater areas learn new data skill, discuss big stories, and share challenges in a recent data journalism workshop organised by Earth Journalism Network and Resource Watch.
The Chinese government injects financial assistance into infrastructure development in over 60 countries, through the Belt and Road initiative that is expected to benefit 4,4 billion people across the globe and contribute USD21 trillion to the global GDP. Journalists from Asia, Africa and South America discuss the media coverage of the mega project in their respective countries.
The largest Muslim group in the country is calling for concrete action from the government in moving towards energy transition, while a movement initiated by 35 NGOs and CSOs in the country aims to mobilise young voters to use their voice to push for transitions away from dirty energy.
Turtle eggs trade and meat consumption are the two biggest challenges in the conservation effort of the endangered hawksbill species. However using persuasive approach, conservationists at the Karimunjawa National Park, work together with fishermen to protect the sea-dwelling testudines.
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.
Youth and residents of Ranupani village, Lumajang subdistrict, East Java have work together to tackle waste issues following the increased interest in Hiking Mount Semeru. Local government is yet to weigh in on the problem.
Initiated by a school student, the Suku Anak Dalam women learned how to turn waste into handicrafts. Even though they have yet to see its economic benefit, the skill has slowly shifted the image of the Suku Anak Dalam as a backward community and improve social relations with neighboring villages.
Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists in partnership with World Resources Institute Indonesia held a press briefing and discussion with Indonesian journalists to underline Indonesia’s ambitious plan as a signatory to the Paris Agreement and topics to be discussed at the coming COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Credit: World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia.