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Environmental Racism: How Is Climate Change Harder in Indonesia?

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Climate injustice is the uneven contribution of climate crisis impacts, where the communities that have contributed the least to the climate crisis are often the ones most affected. Climate crisis is a threat to everyone, but some communities—socially and economically disadvantaged ones—have to face greater risks because of where they live, their health, income, and their ability to access resources. One of the communities that are more vulnerable is indigenous people.


In Indonesia, numerous indigenous communities have become the victims of climate injustice, one of which is the indigenous Dayak community. Dayak indigenous people mainly live by the rivers and mountains in the interior of Kalimantan and therefore their livelihoods are wholly dependent on the availability of natural resources. Over time, Indigenous Dayak people are terribly impacted by the climate crisis, including forest fire, deforestation, and flash floods that caused damage to access bridges to the city.

 
 

Who needs to act to combat climate injustice?

Combating climate crisis is a call for all of us

Source: Markus Spiske [1]

We’re all in this together! Indigenous people can’t beat climate injustice in their own community alone, just like how we can’t combat the climate crisis only on our own. Climate crisis require big scale movement which starts within ourselves as individuals, because the greatest individual power is to gather the collective voice.


What can we do to combat climate injustice?

There are a lot of movements that have been taken by Indonesian youth to combat the climate crisis and climate injustice, some of which are the following activities:


1. Sakolah Budaya Patamuan Talino

Sakolah Budaya Patamuan Talino was founded by Indonesian youth, Jhonatan Yudhitya Pratama who is a Dayak Youth Leader, to fight climate injustice through increasing indigenous knowledge. Applying the concept of “Alam sahabatku, hutan naunganku, budaya tumpuan kakiku”, Sakolah Budaya Patamuan Talino aims to increase community participation in jointly preserving the forest while protecting the preservation of indigenous heritage.


2. Rebellion Extencion

Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement with the stated aim to enforce government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Rebellion Extension acts through the strategy of 1) protest and persuasion, 2) non-cooperation, and 3) intervention that aims to create a world full of justice that is worthy of all living beings from generation to generation.

 
 

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[1] https://unsplash.com/photos/ctUIyfOyWsE


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