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Climate warning

President Joko Widodo's administration must heed the clarion call for urgent action to halt deforestation

The recent devastating flash floods and landslides in West Sumatra serve as harrowing reminders of the catastrophic consequences of environmental negligence and unchecked deforestation in Indonesia. As roads transformed into murky brown rivers and homes were mercilessly swept away by powerful currents, the human toll of these disasters cannot be overstated.

While government officials attribute these calamities to heavy rainfall, the stark reality painted by environmental groups unveils a far more ominous truth. The wanton destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and unchecked environmental degradation have significantly exacerbated the impacts of severe weather events, plunging communities into a perpetual cycle of vulnerability and despair.



The Indonesian Forum for the Environment rightly points out that this disaster is not merely a result of extreme weather phenomena but a direct consequence of the ecological crisis gripping the nation. Failure to address the root causes of environmental degradation will only perpetuate this cycle of devastation, leaving communities at the mercy of increasingly unpredictable and severe weather patterns.

The scale of deforestation in Indonesia is staggering, with over 74 million hectares of precious rainforest decimated since 1950. This rampant destruction, driven by the relentless pursuit of profit through palm oil, paper, rubber, and other commodities, has exacted a heavy toll on Indonesia's natural ecosystems, pushing them to the brink of collapse.

Indonesia's status as a global powerhouse in palm oil production, coal exports, and pulp for paper underscores the urgent need for decisive action to curb environmentally destructive practices. Moreover, as the world grapples with the imperative of transitioning to green energy, Indonesia's role as a major emitter of greenhouse gases due to deforestation, fossil fuel combustion, and peatland fires cannot be ignored.

The irony is stark: Indonesia possesses vast reserves of critical resources essential for the green energy transition, yet its failure to prioritize environmental protection and sustainable development undermines its potential as a global leader in combating climate change.

President Joko Widodo's administration must heed the clarion call for urgent action to halt deforestation, protect vital ecosystems, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The future of Indonesia and the well-being of its people depend on bold and decisive measures to chart a sustainable path forward, one that safeguards both the environment and the prosperity of future generations.

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  • George Kariuki

    6 w

    President Widodo’s administration must take immediate action to preserve Indonesia's forests and protect vulnerable communities. Sustainable development isn't just an option; it's a necessity for survival.

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    • Edwin wangombe

      6 w

      @george_kariuki I agree with you... It is time for the Indonesian government to put more effort into preserving its natural resources

    • Rashid Kamau

      6 w

      Halting deforestation and restoring degraded forests are global imperatives

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      • Edwin wangombe

        6 w

        @rashid_kamau it is time to wake up and take this warning of climate change seriously and protect the ecosystem

      • Princess

        6 w

        It's imperative for the government to prioritize conservation efforts, implement sustainable land management practices, and enforce regulations to protect Indonesia's precious forests.

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        • Edwin wangombe

          6 w

          @princess_nel_268 I concur with you. It is imperative

        • Munene Mugambi

          6 w

          This is very saddening. The devastating floods and landslides in West Sumatra serve as alarming reminders of the catastrophic consequences of unchecked deforestation. Urgent action is needed to halt this ecological crisis, as failure to address it will increase devastation and leave communities vulnerable to increasingly severe weather patterns.

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          • Edwin wangombe

            6 w

            @munene_mugambi It is saddening indeed... deforestation is the root of all this crisis: the flooding landslides and climate change, so it needs to be halted immediately

          • walter lungayi

            6 w

            Taking decisive action is essential to address environmental concerns and preserve Indonesia's rich biodiversity. It's a pressing issue that requires immediate attention and concerted efforts from all stakeholders.

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            • Munene Mugambi

              6 w

              @walter_lungayi Absolutely, urgent action is crucial to protect Indonesia's biodiversity and mitigate the devastating impacts of environmental degradation. Collaboration among stakeholders is imperative to address this pressing issue effectively. It is a must do for the country at this important juncture

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              • Edwin wangombe

                6 w

                @walter_lungayi The Indonesian government needs to address this issue ASAP

              • Annett Michuki..

                6 w

                urgent action should be taken to curb this, the government's reluctance will see more people getting victimized

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                • Edwin wangombe

                  6 w

                  @annett_michuki and if the reluctance continues, more people will be affected, causing trouble in the community, and destabilizing peace and economy

                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  6 w

                  Deforestation will increase global warming and also increase carbon dioxide, joko widodo administration must Urgent actions and stop deforestation before the situation gets out of hand

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    6 w

                    @elizbeth_gathigia Deforestation causes many problems, such as flooding, landslides, and destroying biodiversity... which is bad for the health of the people and the planet which makes it imperative for the government to urgently take action

                  • Jane Wangui

                    6 w

                    This is a clear illustration of what is likely to happen in the future if we do not take appropriate measures to help solve the issue of climate change.

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                    • Munene Mugambi

                      6 w

                      @jane_wangui Indeed, the recent disasters in West Sumatra vividly depict the potential future consequences of climate inaction. Urgent measures are imperative to address climate change and prevent further escalation

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        6 w

                        @jane_wangui Exactly... nature is unforgiving and if we don't take care, it can destroy us

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