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Crowdempowering to solve environmental problems

  • Nirarta Samadhi and Reidinar Juliane

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 14, 2017   /  12:49 pm
Crowdempowering to solve environmental problems Threatened: Haze from land burning emanates from forests in Kalimantan. (Kompas.com/File)

One day in 2015, Saripah, a 22-year-old young girl, said softly, “Mother, I’m having a hard time breathing.” Saripah’s mother, Siti, immediately took her to a hospital, but unfortunately her daughter soon died of lung failure. Her respiratory organs looked dark although Saripah never smoked. Siti said the smoke from peatland fires killed her daughter. The story of Saripah and the other villagers can be found on the Ranu Welum Foundation’s website, established by a young person from the Dayak community, Emmanuela Shinta, to promote the dangers of and bring an end to forest and land fires especially in Central Kalimantan. Sharing stories is considered a new and powerful strategy to bring facts and events on the ground to light for those individuals who wish to act together to make a difference. With the advancement of communication and information tec...

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