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Greenpeace lambasts govt'€™s weakness on climate change

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sun, September 27, 2015   /  08:06 pm
Greenpeace lambasts govt'€™s weakness on climate change


Time to change: Greenpeace Indonesia has called on the government to immediately shift from fossil-based fuels to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels are the major cause of the increase in Earth'€™s temperature. (Illustration courtesy of telegraph.co.uk)

Environmental group Greenpeace Indonesia has criticized the government for its '€œweak'€ commitment to renewable energy development.

Greenpeace Indonesia director Longgena Ginting said the government was targeting renewable energy sources to account for just 17 percent of total energy use up to 2030.

'€œThe government'€™s commitment to tackling climate change is still very low,'€ Longgena said. The environmental activist was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Buru Baru Festival, an event promoting the use of renewable energy among the people of Baru Beach in Bantul, Yogyakarta, where there is now a renewable energy-fueled power plant.

The two-day event, which ended on Sunday, also aimed to encourage the government to immediately shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and micro-hydro power.

The festival saw Greenpeace Indonesia, together with hundreds of environmental activists, stage art performances beneath a banner emblazoned with the slogan #ActionForClimate. Workshops promoting green lifestyles were also held.

'€œThis event is being put on simultaneously in 30 countries and aims to promote the importance of the use of renewable energy in tackling climate change,'€ said Longgena.

The activist said carbon emissions resulting from fossil-based fuels were the primary cause of the increase in the earth'€™s temperature.

It was hoped, he went on, that the government would seriously commit to reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing renewable energy, especially given the country'€™s wealth of renewable energy sources, adding that only by doing so could the government achieve its target of reducing carbon emissions by 26-40 percent by 2030. (ebf)

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