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Jakarta Post

Painting campaign calls for justice on climate change

  • Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 25 2008   /  01:03 pm

Indigenous knowledge from traditional communities in developing countries, including Indonesia, has long played a significant role in helping solve problems, including ones related to climate change. The eco-friendly traditional farming techniques, which have been practiced for hundreds of years by the kasepuhan or Ciptagelar community in the remote Sirnaresmi subdistrict village of Sukamulya, Cisolok district, serve as an example. Believing that planting rice more than once a year will bring them bad luck, people in the kasepuhan (cultural community) plant vegetables after the one annual rice harvest. "Alternate planting gives the soil more room to breathe, keeping it fertile longer and helping create balance in nature," said Abah (Father) Ugi, head of the kasepuhan. It is because of such local wisdom that the kasepuhan was selected by the Jaka...