Jakarta – Several civil society organizations held a joint action of Climate Action Week themed Power for a Greener Future. Organizations that joined include Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, Oxfam in Indonesia, Madani Berkelanjutan, Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), Humanist Foundation, People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty (KRKP), and Association of Women Small Business Assistants (ASPPUK).

This Climate Action Week was carried out to welcome the 28th Conference of Parties (COP) held at Expo City, Dubai, from November 30 to December 12, 2023. At this COP, the United Nations (UN) will release the Global Stocktake (GST), an assessment of progress in efforts to address climate change. Through this assessment, we can see the extent of the efforts made by countries, including Indonesia, and the potential work that needs to be improved. It is expected that COP28 will pay more attention to the voices of those affected through cross-cutting themes on Technology and innovation, Inclusion, frontline communities, and finance.

Several civil society organizations carried out a series of creative campaign activities to raise public awareness of COP28 activities and ensure that delegates attending COP28 carry the voices of vulnerable groups affected by climate change. The campaign in the form of #ClimateActionWeek” from November 20 to December 3 with the theme “Power for A Greener Future” seeks to raise public awareness of their power to influence climate change policies by speaking out and doing activities together. With this awareness, they are expected to understand that they have power and need to be heard.

The objectives of Climate Action Week include raising public awareness of COP28 to the community and the role that individuals and communities can take in addressing climate issues, becoming a platform for the public to express their concerns regarding the impacts of climate change carried out by vulnerable groups, gathering support and messages from urban and rural communities as well as ideas on how COP28 leaders can address climate change issues, especially in the most affected countries such as Indonesia, ensuring that delegates attending COP28 will participate in raising the voices of affected groups.

Several Climate Action Week activities have been carried out:

1. Joint campaign at the Coldplay Concert
A joint activity to raise awareness among the general public of the importance of protecting the environment and listening to the voices of groups affected by climate change through a campaign in a public space at Gelora Bung Karno.

2. Infographic: Why 1.5 Degrees and What Will Happen if We Go Beyond It?
This infographic explains that 1.5 degrees is the tolerable limit of the earth’s average temperature rise.

3. IG Live themed “Women and Loss and Damages”
An online discussion with NGOs focusing on Loss and Damage for frontline groups to share their stories on how climate change impacts their lives, the losses they feel, and their efforts to adapt to existing conditions, especially from the perspective of women’s groups.

4. Our Action to Greet the Earth: Forging Sustainability in Bamboo Conservation
This Saturday, November 25, 2023, Aksi Kita Sapa Bumi discusses bamboo conservation actions carried out by local communities as climate adaptation actions.

5. Instagram Live titled “Community Leadership in Energy Transition”
Talkshow with a community from East Nusa Tenggara on community-based renewable energy best practices

6. PWYP Knowledge Forum (PKF) entitled “Emission Data Accountability in the Carbon Market in Indonesia”
This online discussion discusses the importance of transparent emissions data, considering that energy and natural resources are the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

7. Hybrid Discussion, Power for Greener Future
The offline discussion invited the public and stakeholders involved in COP28 in Dubai, such as the government, NGOs, and media. Representatives from the Indonesian Delegation at COP28 were also present as responders. Discussions were held on two themes:
– NDC in Indonesia. Discussed what NDC is, how far NDC has been achieved in Indonesia, and elements of participation.
– Climate Adaptive Finance

8. Webinar “The Importance of Energy Transition for Children and Young People”
Children and young people will continue the fight for climate mitigation and adaptation towards net zero emission (NZE) faster. As agents of change, young people must be considered equal stakeholders in energy and climate issues decision-making.

9. IG Live Road to COP 28: The Role of Media in Bringing Grassroots Voices to Push for Climate Justice Policies
This discussion discusses how the work of the media plays an essential role in bringing environmental issues to public attention through reporting and being a voice from the grassroots, encouraging climate justice policies.

10. Audio Drama: Makan Jangan Asal Makan
This audio drama tells how young people are taking action to mitigate the climate crisis.

11. Infographic: What 1.5 Degrees Hasn’t Lost to Memory
This infographic talks about how there is no climate freedom without climate justice.

12. Maghfirare x KRKP Comic
This comic tells the story of farmers struggling to keep their fields productive and supportive.

13. Maghfirare x KRKP Comic
This comic tells the story of many factors that become problems in agriculture. These problems then impact farmers, ranging from economic, social, and family to health.

14. Summit of Joint Action for Earth
A joint activity at One Satrio will raise public awareness about COP28 and increase public pressure for delegates attending COP28 to raise the voices of vulnerable affected groups through creative campaign activities.

Author: Chitra Regina Apris
Reviewer: Aryanto Nugroho