(Jakarta)- Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Indonesia consisting of the Association of Women Facilitators of Small and Micro Enterprises (ASPPUK), the People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty (KRKP), Madani Berkelanjutan, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, and Oxfam in Indonesia held a Week of Action for the Earth Towards COP28.

The activity in Jakarta on Sunday (03/12/2023) carried the theme Power for A Greener Future.

The event also launched the official website of the disability-friendly climate collaboration.

The “Power for a Greener Future” campaign is a form of civil society efforts together with the community to encourage climate change policies that favor vulnerable groups such as women and people with disabilities.

Through collaboration, the government is expected to listen to the suggestions and concerns of the community regarding climate change and become an agenda brought to the UN Climate Change Conference, COP (Conference of the Parties) 28, which is currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

At this year’s COP28, the UN will release the Global Stocktake (GST), which assesses countries’ progress, including Indonesia, in addressing climate change and potential efforts that need improvement. For this reason, COP28 is an essential momentum for climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Civil society emphasizes the importance of COP28 not only being an elite agenda but also giving birth to concrete commitments in addressing global warming and a commitment to support the resilience of the community, especially women, young people, and people with disabilities.

The history of the COP event noted that only 10% of the heads of delegations were women in 2009 and 13% in 2012.

COP27 is also a momentum for direct involvement of the younger generation through the existence of the Children and Youth Pavilion and the Youth Delegation since the first COP was held in 1994.

We therefore encourage COP28 to ensure that the voices of vulnerable groups, including those from developing countries, small islands, and communities vulnerable to climate change, are an essential focus. Emphasis on protecting and supporting vulnerable groups should be high on the climate conference agenda.

Creative Campaign

ASPPUK, KRKP, PWYP Indonesia, Madani Berkelanjutan, and Oxfam in Indonesia organized a week of Action for the Earth, Power for a Greener Future.

More than 300 participants attended this event. The event featured celebrities, moms, Pound Tour Crew Masterclass, Rima Melati Adams, Marcell Siahaan, and musicians Endah and Rhesa.

As sustainable lifestyle proponents, they have ways of protecting the earth. Rima Adams adapts a green lifestyle, minimizing waste and recycling, while Endah Rhesa joins the Music Declares Emergency movement, No Music on a Dead Planet, with thirteen Indonesian musicians.

“It doesn’t seem fair that we’re old or gone, but we’ve left something behind that we didn’t fight for properly,” Endah says of her environmental activism through music.

“Every effort, no matter how small, contributes to a larger collective movement towards a greener future. Every action taken in our personal lives, which encourages others to do the same, plays an important role in creating a more sustainable world for my children and their children’s generations,” added Marcell Siahaan with Rima Melati, agreeing with Endah.

Efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change need to be made collectively, starting with increasing awareness and understanding of the dangers of rising temperatures and other effects of climate change.

In this event, the climate collaboration website was launched and opened to the community, young people, and civil society organizations as a forum for citizen journalism and sharing information on voicing the impacts of change.

Climate change impacts are felt in everyday life. This site is also disability-friendly because it has an auto-narrator feature that allows the site to provide automatic reading access for visitors.

The three-hour event adapts an eco-friendly model by reducing waste, working with waste management company Waste4Change, promoting local food, providing refillable water, and using recycled materials.

Visitors also had the opportunity to participate in a series of fun activities related to the impact of climate change, recording voice messages for the earth at the Sound Booth, playing snakes and ladders and puzzles themed on the role of local food, as well as interacting with other informative booths.

“Power for A Greener Future” will have a big impact if done together. The power is in the people, including young people, women, and vulnerable groups. We can choose our green actions through a more environmentally friendly lifestyle or encouraging policymakers to issue sustainable policies in favor of those most affected by climate change,” said Siti Khoirun Ni’mah Oxfam, Head of Program Management in Indonesia. (FULL)***