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Combating fires: Time to listen to people

  • Izzan Fathurrahman

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Lund, Sweden   /   Mon, October 7, 2019   /  09:06 am
Combating fires: Time to listen to people Firefighters battle a blaze on peatland in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra on Aug. 10. The dry season has worsened fires in recent weeks. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)

Indonesia has again faced the haze from peatland and forest fires over these past weeks. The causes of the wildfires remain unclear. However, listening to and understanding the perspectives of the residents of affected areas are vital to both tackling and preventing future fires. While climate activists have warned the country of the greater possible effects of the haze, interestingly, people who live in the affected areas do not really perceive the threat as significant to their lives, as the findings of the Reality Check Approach reveal. For instance, people say they only experience minor discomforts like coughing or poor visibility. Whenever the haze appears, they simply need to put on a mask or stay at home. Similarly, students are mostly enjoying their time off from school due to the haze, while some schools have simply delayed the school day by two to three hours. No furth...

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