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Jakarta Post

Jakarta turns to religious leaders to fight air pollution

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  01:36 pm
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Residents wear masks while waiting for public transportation on the roadside in Jakarta on July 7. (JP/Valerie Halim)

While struggling to bring down air pollution in the city, the Jakarta administration is eyeing help from religious leaders to raise people’s awareness to act together to overcome the problem. In collaboration with Bonn-based ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of towns, cities and regions committed to building a sustainable future, the Jakarta administration will provide modules and organize training programs about climate change viewed from religious perspectives. The religious leaders from six official religions in Indonesia—Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism—will be involved to create the modules of the training programs. The modules are also expected to become guidelines in religious sermons. ICLEI-Local Government for Sustainability Indonesia country manager Gina Karina said Jakartans needed to ta...