TABLOIDBINTANG.COM – Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Indonesia consisting of the Association of Micro Small Business Women Facilitators (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 event, themed Power for A Greener Future, was also a moment to launch the disability-friendly website

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 issue a 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 advocates of sustainable lifestyles, they have steps to take to protect the earth. Rima Adams adapts a green lifestyle, minimizing waste and recycling, while Endah Rhesa joins the Music Declares Emergency, No Music on a Dead Planet movement with thirteen 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 impact of climate change need to be made collectively, starting with raising awareness and understanding of the dangers of rising temperatures and other effects of climate change. In this event, the website was launched and opened to the community, young people, and Civil Society Organizations as a forum for citizen journalism and sharing information in voicing the impacts of climate change felt in everyday life. It is also a disability-friendly site as it has an auto narrator feature, allowing the site to access 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, and interacting with other informative booths.

“Power for A Greener Future” will significantly impact if done together. The power is in the community, 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 that favor those most affected by climate change,” said Siti Khoirun Ni’mah, Oxfam’s Head of Program Management in Indonesia.

Source: Tabloid