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Jakarta Post

Children and youths as climate guardians

  • Jonatan A. Lassa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 22 2011   /  11:56 am

Could children and youths play a role as the guardians of our planet? Who should give an answer to such a question? Could we ask the children themselves?

We believe that adults are often inflexible in changing their mindsets when it comes to caring about nature. Most adults today used to be children, whose minds have since been fabricated according to certain ecological values that have turned out to be harmful to nature.

Three years ago, we conducted a study in Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and in Garut, West Java, where we were hosted by Plan International. We asked children, youths and adults (especially parents) one simple question: “What can boys and girls do to reduce the risks of climate change?”

The answers varied. Perhaps most unsurprising were the responses of adults, who tended to take the view that children were too small to deal with the risks t...