Recently held, the four-day promotion of climate change actions in Indonesia showcased climate change solutions for low-carbon development. We participated in great programs, managed remarkable booths, and organized fascinating events.
World Blue Carbon Conference
The World Blue Carbon Conference, arranged by the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Office of the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, consisted of a series of presentations and discussions. It focused on the framework of coastal resource utilization as a major carbon sink and climate mitigation instrument for blue carbon development.
The event concluded that there are three ecosystems of coastal resources that have blue carbon potentials. They are mangroves, seagrass beds, and brackish areas. Such knowledge is important to help meet Indonesia’s Nationally Determined contribution to climate commitment to unconditionally reduce emissions to 29% below business as usual by 2030; to achieve 41% emissions reductions by 2030 with international technology transfer, capacity building and financial support; and to implement the Indonesia Climate Resilience Strategy
Savor Fruits and Vegetables, Reduce Climate Change
A workshop themed Savor Fruits and Vegetables, Reduce Climate Change hosted by Lathifah Al Hakimi, a youth climate activist, featured three excellent speakers.
Metta Anggriani, a Climate Reality Leader, explained the basics of climate change and how consuming more fruits and vegetables can help address climate change. Oxford Martin School researchers have found that a global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruit and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds, and lead to healthcare-related savings. It could also avoid climate-related damages of US$1.5 trillion.
Marvin Kolibonso, the Chief Operating Officer of SayurBox, talked about Farm-to-Table concept and how SayurBox (owned by Amanda Cole, a Climate Reality Leader) functions as the customers’ online attendee to local farms, choose what the buyers want SayurBox to harvest, and see the producers behind to know exactly where the fruits and vegetables come from. Max Mandias, co-founder and plant-based chef at Burgreens presented his views on Eating for Climate 101. Burgreens, started as Jakarta’s first organic healthy plant-based eatery & catering, has now grown into a community-based social business connecting local farmers, passionate team, and conscious customers.
The exciting parts for the students who attended the workshop was the Q&A session where those who answered climate change questions were rewarded with fruits and vegetables.
Climate Reality Booth
The Climate Reality Booth managed by volunteers from Youth for Climate Change Indonesia guided by Lathifah Al Hakimi was a place for student visitors to learn about climate change through carbon track game, climate creative demonstration, and climate campaign Instagram challenge.
The booth also carried An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a New York Times bestseller book authored by Al Gore at a discounted price, courtesy of Periplus Bookstore.
Climate Reality Leaders also had fun posing for Instagrammable pictures in front of a giant backdrop of Climate Reality Indonesia logo.
A beautiful booth arranged by Myra Widiono, a Climate Reality Leader, displayed a number of eco-friendly ethnic home decors and fashion accessories. Most of the elegant paraphernalia belong to Warlami, a movement to revive natural dyes that have been used by ancient crafters in Indonesia long before synthetic dyes invaded the country.
Myra owns Rumah Rakuji, a shelter for Indonesian cultures, arts & crafts, famous for promoting Ulap Doyo, a traditional fiber handweaved by the Dayak Benuaq tribe in East Kalimantan, and Bemban, the plaited Art of Kings created by The Dayak Iban tribe in West Kalimantan.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
A Book & Film Chat on An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was an event aimed at high school and university students. Dian Anggraini, a Climate Reality Leader, described the synopsis of the movie and the book. The Indonesia Premiere of *An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power* on August 21 and a Booktalk on August 25 received extensive media coverage. Three weeks after the events there were 85 articles in mainstream media, blogs, and websites.
Realizing the dire impacts of climate change, Ahsania A. R. Aghnetta, a participant of Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change in Cibodas, cried when she watched the movie. It encouraged her to do more individual actions to address the issue, such as organizing her school mates to watch An Inconvenient Sequel and writing a proposal to install a solar panel at her school.
In addition to talking about the movie, Nadya Satyaputri, an Assistant Manager at United International Pictures Indonesia described her works, including meeting famous celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as the challenges of showing a documentary film that has to compete with Hollywood blockbusters.
United International Pictures (UIP), formed in 1981, is jointly owned by its Partners, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures. Since its formation UIP has distributed over 1,000 films under license across the world, including more than 100 Academy Award® winners. UIP continues to bring many of the most exciting films made today to international cinema audiences, including An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.