• Slashing, burning and digging in the heart of the forest

    One man passing by the tour group on a motorcycle stopped to warn visitors about going too far into the forest. “There are gaping mining pits, some still active and others no longer used. Unless you take great care, you could plunge into the holes.”

  • Skink studies

    Junior high school students are briefed about a blue-tongued skink by a Bandung Reptile Society activist during their visit to Babakan Siliwangi Urban Forest in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday as part of Earth Day. (JP/Arya Dipa)

  • Earth Day celebration

    Aceh students with their bodies coated in mud roll a globe symbolizing the Earth during an Earth Day celebration in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Tuesday. The protesters were demanding the protection and preservation of Indonesia's forests that are rapidly being converted in palm oil and agricultural plantations threatening the survival of endangered species. (AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

  • Save us, Mr. President!

    An activist from the Center of Orangutan Protection (COP) demonstrates in front of the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday. The group has called on the government to stop the destruction of orangutan habitat. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

  • Halo

    A sun halo blazes in the sky above West Sumatra’s iconic clock tower, Jam Gadang, in Bukittingi on Friday. The halo effect was apparently the result of the diffraction of sunlight by a thin layer of cirrus clouds. (Antara)

  • Earth care

    Environmentalists participate in a procession to raise awareness about Earth Day in Surakarta, Central Java, on Sunday. Earth Day will be observed worldwide on March 29, with all lights switched off from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to save energy. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

  • In defense of nature

    A Greenpeace activist wears a tiger costume during a campaign themed “Protect Paradise” in Padang, West Sumatra, on Sunday. The campaign was aimed at protecting Indonesian forests and the Sumatran tiger. (Antara/ Iggoy elFitra)

  • World Water Day

    An activist performs a theatrical act to commemorate World Water Day at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Saturday. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

  • The long and winding road

    An Indian woman carries a bucket filled with drinking water as she walks on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra river on the eve of World Water Day in Gauhati, India, on Friday. World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 as a means to recognize the global need to save, conserve and manage water resources for future generations. (AP/Anupam Nath)

  • Conflagration

    A wildfire engulfs a large swathe of Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu forest, a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve, on Friday. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said the fire was started by people encroaching on the land. (Antara/FB Anggoro)

  • Anti-deforestation

    Nine Greenpeace activists rappel and hang banners in protest of Procter & Gamble outside of the company's headquarters, in Cincinnati, US on Tuesday. The environmental organization says the 60-foot banners on P&G's two towers were in protest of the consumer products company's use of palm oil from a supplier that Greenpeace says is linked to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia. (AP/The Cincinnati Enquirer Amanda Rossmann)

  • Freedom is everything

    An activist holds a poster stating “Freedom is beautiful. Don’t just inherit a name” while another wears a bird suit to commemorate World Wildlife Day in Yogyakarta on Monday. The activists called on people to pay attention to wildlife and help preserve it. (Antara/Noveradika)

  • Biting back

    Students of the marine and fisheries faculty of the Syiah Kuala University in Aceh stage a rally against shark fishing at Simpang Lima, Banda Aceh, Aceh on Thursday. They demanded the government ban the shark trade due to the rapidly diminishing population of sharks. (Antara/Ampelsa)

  • A river runs through it

    A Search and Rescue member navigates through flooded streets at the Priuk Damai housing complex in Tangerang, Banten on Sunday. Water levels rose to between 3 and 4 meters following torrential and incessant rain throughout Saturday. (Antara/ Rivan A.L.)

  • Big catch

    A worker pushes a cart of sharks at the Muara Angke fish auction in North Jakarta on Friday. Sharks, often captured by fishermen in the Java Sea, are a high-value commodity but are endangered due to the high number of captures. Sharks are often captured only for their fins, while their carcasses are dumped back into the sea or processed into salted fish. (JP/PJ Leo)

  • Finish with fins

    The decline of most shark species in the world is largely blamed on the practice of shark finning for shark-fin soup — a popular delicacy that symbolizes wealth, power, prestige and honor dating back to the Ming Dynasty.

  • Saving the Sharks

    A boat carrying nine people anchored to the oddly named “Shark Island” off Serangan on Bali’s southeastern shore.

  • Dolphins in 'bad shape' after BP oil spill: Study

    Bottlenose dolphins with missing teeth, lung disease, and abnormal hormone levels were found swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the BP oil spill, US researchers say.

  • Chinese ivory smuggler gets record sentence after landmark Kenya trial

    A court in Kenya on Tuesday slapped a record sentence on a Chinese ivory smuggler, the first person to be convicted under tough new laws designed to stem a surge in poaching.

  • In Klaten, an interfaith ‘salvation’ through rainwater

    Hundreds of water-filled plastic bottles stand neatly arranged in rows on the fence around St. Petrus & Paulus Church in Tangkil in Klaten, Central Java.